Affiliated Faculty & Students.

Faculty

Co-Directors

Megan Cole Brahim, PhD, MPH

Dr. Cole is a health services researcher whose work uses econometric methods to study the effects of Medicaid eligibility policies and Medicaid care delivery models on quality of care, access to care, and equity of care. Much of her work has focused on safety-net providers, especially federally qualified health centers. Her work has been covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, Vox, US News & World Report, and Forbes. She holds a PhD in Health Services Research from Brown University School of Public Health and an MPH in Health Policy from Yale University School of Public Health. She previously worked in research consulting, where she worked with state and federal agencies on issues relating to Medicaid policy and implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Sarah Gordon, PhD

Sarah Gordon, PhD, MS

Dr. Gordon is a health services researcher who studies state-level Medicaid policies, insurance coverage, and access to care.  Her work applies econometric and causal inference-based methods to assess the impacts of state-level health care policies on continuity of health insurance and enrollment patterns. Recently, she has investigated how Medicaid policies affect continuity of care during the prenatal and postpartum periods among low-income women. She published the first assessment of the impact of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion on postpartum stability of coverage and utilization of outpatient care among Medicaid-enrolled postpartum women, which was awarded Best of the 2020 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting and featured in The New York Times. Dr. Gordon is the recipient of the 2020 AcademyHealth Outstanding Dissertation Award, the Public Health Impact Award from Brown University, and a Dissertation Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research (R36). She obtained her doctorate in Health Services Research with a concentration in health economics from the Department of Health Services, Policy, and Practice at Brown University’s School of Public Health. She holds a MS in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and a BA in Psychology from New York University.

Paul Shafer, PhD

Dr. Shafer is a health economist who is interested in how variation in state-level policies and administrative procedures affect Medicaid enrollment, racial and ethnic disparities, and population health. Recently, he has been focused on how Medicaid enrollment in his home state of North Carolina varied by social vulnerability and unemployment trends during the COVID-19 pandemic. His work and quotes have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Fortune, Marketplace, Reuters, Vox, and Buzzfeed News. He is a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar, also previously serving as a research economist at RTI International and a junior fellow at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He holds a PhD in health policy and management with a concentration in health economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MA in applied economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a BA in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Affiliated Faculty

Nicole Huberfeld, JD

Dr. Huberfeld is a Professor of Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights and Professor of Law, studies the cross-section of constitutional law and health law, focusing on the health of vulnerable populations, health reform,  public insurance, federalism, and congressional power. Her works include two books, many book chapters, articles, and commentaries, including a five-year study of early ACA implementation (What Is Federalism in Healthcare For?, Stanford Law Review, 2018).

Christopher J. Louis, PhD, MHA

Dr. Chris Louis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy, and Management. He is interested in evaluating the effectiveness of Medicaid innovation programs, specifically 1115 waivers. He has participated in the implementation of 1115 waivers in New Jersey and New York and has evaluated 1115 waivers in New York and Arkansas.

Heather Hsu, MD, MPH

Dr. Heather Hsu, an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine, is a general pediatrician and health services researcher with research interests in understanding the impact of Medicaid value-based care reform on health equity and the financial welfare of the healthcare safety-net.

Anna L. Goldman, MD, MPA, MPH

Dr. Anna L. Goldman, an Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Medicine, is a general internist and a health services researcher. Her research centers on the effects of insurance and payment policies on care access for the poor and underserved, with a focus on the health insurance programs established by the Affordable Care Act.

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Eric Rubenstein, PhD, ScM

Dr. Eric Rubenstein is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health. He received is PhD from the University of North Carolina Gillings Schools of Public Health and his ScM from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public health. His research focuses on improving health and well-being in the population with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) across the life course. This population is heavily reliant on public insurance and Dr. Rubenstein’s work leverages Medicaid data to capture large samples of a marginalized populaiton. Dr. Rubenstein’s research is motivated and continually inspired by his friends, Special Olympic athletes, and fellow advocates in the IDD community.

Elena Byhoff, MD, MSc

Dr. Elena Byhoff is an Assistant Professor at Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine. She is a health services researcher with an interest in how primary care can be leveraged as a point of entry to address social determinants of health and reduce health disparities. Dr. Byhoff works closely with community organizations to develop and grow connections between health care and social service delivery.  She is dedicated to a policy relevant research agenda to improve and expand the provision of primary care to include all aspects of health.

Paul Christine, MD, PhD

Paul Christine is an Addiction Medicine Fellow at Boston Medical Center. He is broadly interested in the effects of health and social policies on the availability, quality, and equity of care for individuals with substance use disorders. His current work focuses on Medicaid utilization management policies and their effects on medications for opioid use disorder. Paul received his MD and PhD in epidemiology from the University of Michigan.

Timothy Callaghan, PhD

Dr. Timothy Callaghan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy, and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Callaghan received his doctorate in political science from the University of Minnesota in 2016 and is an expert in the area of health policy and politics. His research focuses on how politics, policy, and place work together to influence health in America. He has conducted extensive research on how politics influences health access for vulnerable populations, including individuals on Medicaid. In the area of Medicaid, Dr. Callaghan has carried out research on state decisions to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, public attitudes towards the Medicaid program, and the impact of the Medicaid program on chronic disease outcomes.

Kevin Nguyen, PhD

Dr. Kevin H. Nguyen is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy, and Management. He is a health services researcher whose work focuses on the quality and equity of care delivered to marginalized populations, with a particular focus on the roles of Medicaid policy and care delivery reform on improving patient experience of care. 

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Dr. Astha Singhal is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Health Services Research at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health and a health services researcher whose work focuses on access to dental care among vulnerable populations, with a particular focus on the role of state Medicaid policies on access to dental care among low-income adults.

Alison Galbraith, MD, PhD

Alison A. Galbraith, MD, MPH is the Chief of the Division of Health Services Research in the Department of Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center and Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. She is a primary care pediatrician and health services researcher whose work focuses on the impact of health insurance design on health care access and affordability for families with children. With funding from NICHD, AHRQ, and PCORI, she has done foundational work on the effects of novel insurance designs such as high-deductible health plans and Affordable Care Act Marketplace plans on health care utilization and costs for children and families. She has expertise partnering with health systems stakeholders to conduct rigorous evaluations of health plan policies and programs and is the Director of Research in Population Health Services at Boston Medical Center Health System. Her mentorship activities have included leadership roles in the General Academic Pediatric and Health Services Research Fellowships.

Sam Auty, PhD

Sam Auty is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy, and Management and is interested in the effect of health policy on healthcare utilization and health outcomes among those with substance use disorders. Her current work is focused on how Medicaid Managed Care Organizations may affect utilization and health outcomes among those with opioid use disorder. She received her B.S. from St. Lawrence University, and her M.S. in Healthcare Research from the Dartmouth Institute. Prior to attending Boston University, Sam worked at the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health at Dartmouth College conducting qualitative and quantitative research investing opioid use disorder, cannabis use disorder, and tobacco use. In her spare time, Sam likes to spend as much time outside as possible.

Students

Breanne Biondi

Breanne (Bre) Biondi is a PhD student in Health Services Research at Boston University School of Public Health. She is interested in studying how policies affect access to medication treatment for opioid use disorder and treatment outcomes. Before coming to BUSPH, Bre worked at Yale University in the AIDS Program as a Research Associate, where her work focused on substance use disorders and their intersection with HIV and justice-involved populations. She received her MPH in Epidemiology from Rutgers School of Public Health and her BA from Muhlenberg College.

Amanda Davis

Amanda Davis is a part-time PhD student in Health Services Research at the Boston University School of Public Health. She has spent the past 14 years analyzing and leading population health analytics to understand health care use among vulnerable populations to create data-driven approaches to provide innovative clinical care and reducing the impact of health disparities. Such data-driven work includes designing and implementing value-based hospital contracting strategy using an analytic-based model to align physicians and hospital incentives. Amanda currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Business Intelligence at Commonwealth Care Alliance, where she leads the alignment of enterprise-wide analytics to drive interventions in improving the lives of Medicare and Medicaid dual-eligible beneficiaries. Her research interests include assessment of policies and interventions to reduce socioeconomic disparities in health care access among dual-eligible Medicare-Medicaid beneficiaries.

Timothy Levengood

Timothy Levengood is a public health researcher passionate about finding what works in healthcare and policy. Tim comes to Boston University by way of the University of Georgia, where he received his MPH and BS, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he worked as an ORISE research fellow with the Community Guide Branch. While with The Community Guide, Tim conducted systematic reviews and meta-analyses exploring the effectiveness of health system interventions (e.g. team-based care for diabetes control) and health-impacting policies (e.g. built environment city design and physical activity behaviors). Tim joined the Health Services Research PhD program to study the effectiveness and implementation of interventions and policies that affect the health of marginalized populations—sexual and gender minorities, racial minorities, low resource communities. He is particularly interested in health disparities and how the U.S. can better treat or prevent HIV, substance use and mental health disorders.

Martha Muguleta

Martha Mulugeta is a doctoral candidate in the Health Services Research program at Boston University School of Public Health. She is interested in using mixed-methods research to evaluate the impact of interventions and policies on marginalized populations. More specifically, her interests and past research have centered around health disparities regarding access to care among immigrant and low-income communities. Prior to attending Boston University, Martha received a BS in Neuroscience from the University of St. Thomas and MPH in Epidemiology from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Cara Safon

Cara Safon is an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality T32 pre-doctoral fellow and second-year PhD student in health services research in the Department of Health Law, Policy, and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health. A mixed-methods researcher and hopeful implementation scientist, Safon studies how access to doula care addresses differential maternal-child health outcomes.

Ari Ne’eman

Ari Ne’eman is a PhD Candidate in Health Policy at Harvard University. He also serves as a Senior Research Associate at the Harvard Law School Project on Disability and as a Visiting Scholar at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis. Prior to that, Ari co-founded and served as executive director of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, a national advocacy organization run by and for Autistic Americans, from 2006 to 2016. He also served as one of President Obama’s appointees to the National Council on Disability from 2010 to 2015. Ari is presently working on a book for Simon & Schuster on the history of American disability advocacy over the last two hundred years. His research focuses on how Medicaid policy can help prevent institutionalization and improve workforce participation of people with disabilities.

A. Alex Levine

A. Alex Levine is a PhD candidate in Health Services Research at the Boston University School of Public Health. Their research focuses on evaluating access and equity in aging and disability policies and programs. Alex is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health (CEVR) at Tufts Medical Center, where they study Medicaid and commercial health insurance coverage and access to specialty drugs. Alex received their MPH from the Boston University School of Public Health and their BA in Health & Human Biology from Brown University.