Dr. Alyssa Bilinski joins the Department on July 1 as the Peterson Assistant Professor of Health Policy. Her research focuses on developing novel methods for policy evaluation and applying these to identify interventions that most efficiently improve population health and well-being. Dr. Bilinski's methodological interests include advancing data-driven approaches to non-experimental causal inference, improving causal identification and interpretability in high-dimensional simulation models, and incorporating both cost-effectiveness and affordability into health care decision-making. She studies a range of policy areas, including health insurance reform, gaps in equitable and comprehensive access to dental care, and infectious disease management. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Bilinski worked with policymakers and researchers on projects including short-term hospital forecasts during the spring of 2020; modeling to inform contact tracing, school re-opening, and surveillance; and quantification & attribution of excess mortality.
Dr. Bilinski earned a PhD in Health Policy and AM in Statistics from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2021. Prior to this, she received her BA from Yale College and an MS from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she studied as a Marshall Scholar. As a student, Dr. Bilinski was affiliated with the Harvard-Stanford Health Policy Data Science Lab and the Yale Center for Infectious Disease Modeling and Analysis. Outside of research, she enjoys powerlifting, long walks, and her weekly (pandemic-modified) potluck with friends.