Portrait of HPM PhD student Prajwol Nepal

Prajwol Nepal

Prajwol Nepal
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Research Interests: Health Economics, Global Health, Antimicrobial Resistance and Delivery System Reform, Care Coordination, STI Screening
Dissertation Title: Antibiotics Overuse Among Young Children in Nepal: Identifying and Implementing Policy Interventions to Reduce Rising Antimicrobial Resistance


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Caitlin Biddell

Caitlin Biddell, PhD
Placement:  Health Services Researcher, Mathematica
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Research Interests: Cancer Care Equity, Financial Toxicity, Health Disparities, Public Health Impacts of Mass Incarceration, Cost-Effectiveness Analysis, Big Data Methods
Dissertation: The impact of financial barriers to care on adverse healthcare events among cancer patients and survivors.
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Stephanie Wheeler
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Stephanie Wheeler


Danielle Brathwaite

Danielle Brathwaite

Danielle M. Brathwaite
Placement: MD Candidate at UNC (Graduation Date Expected May 2024)
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Research Interests: Child and adolescent psychiatry, quality of mental health care, access to mental health services, emergency department-based care, childhood development
Dissertation Title: Emergency Department-Based Psychiatric Services for Children and Adolescents: An In-depth Investigation of Care in North Carolina
Dissertation Committee: Morris Weinberger, (Chair), Sally Stearns, Sarah Birken, Angela Strain, Anna Waller



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Yucheng Hou

Yucheng Hou, PhD
Assistant Professor, UTHealth Houston School of Public Health
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Research Interests: Health Economics, Health Service Research, Payment and Delivery System Reform, Care Coordination, Social Network Analysis
Dissertation Title: Peer Participation, Spillover Effects, and Evaluation of the Medicare Shared Savings Program
Dissertation Committee: Justin Trogdon, PhD (Chair), Marisa Domino, PhD, Valerie Lewis, PhD, Qing Gong, PhD, Kevin Callison, PhD


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Olive M. Mbah

Olive M. Mbah, PhD
Senior Health Equity Scientist, Flatiron Health
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Research Interests: Cancer health disparities, health policy, health services research, cancer prevention, access to care, policy-based interventions to redress disparities, social determinants of health.
Dissertation Title: Impact of The Affordable Care Act on Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Outcomes among Medicare Beneficiaries: The Role of Community-Level Social Risk
Dissertation Committee: Cleo A. Samuel, PhD (Chair), Samuel Cykert, MD, Lindsay Sabik, PhD, Justin Trogdon, PhD, Stephanie B. Wheeler, PhD, MPH


Portrait of HPM PhD student Sophie Ravanbakht

Sophie Ravanbakht

Sophie Ravanbakht, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Duke University School of Medicine
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Research Interests: Systems science, immigrant and pediatric health services research, obesity prevention and treatment, racial/ethnic health disparities, implementation science
Dissertation Title: The Influence of Intergenerational Acculturation and Stress on Pediatric Obesity in US Latinos: An Exploration Using Decision and Systems Science
Dissertation Committee: Leah Frerichs, PhD (chair), Kristen Hassmiller Lich, PhD, Morris Weinberger, PhD, Asheley C. Skinner, PhD (Duke), Sarah Armstrong, MD (Duke)



Portrait of HPM PhD student Eunice Yang

Eunice Yang

Eunice Yoonbin Yang, PhD

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Research Interests: Medicaid managed care, provider payment and delivery systems for Medicare and Medicaid; hospital competition; insurer competition; health economics
Dissertation Title: Effect of competition among fully-capitated Medicaid managed care plans on healthcare utilization and quality of care
Dissertation Committee: Marisa Domino, PhD (Chair), Sandra Decker, PhD, Doug Melton, PhD, Kristin Reiter, PhD, Sally Stearns, PhD




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