Current PhD Students

Please note: This directory does not include all the current PhD students in this department.

Michael Cohen

Year started: 2014

E -mail: michael.s.cohen@yale.edu

Research interest: Michael is a student in the economics track. His research interests include long term care, insurance, and health care financing. He holds an SM in health policy from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis.


Yuna Lee

Yuna Lee

Year started: 2012

E-mail: yuna.lee@yale.edu

Research interest: Yuna Lee's research focuses on the organizational behavior and management of healthcare systems, with a special interest in creativity and innovation in healthcare, and patient care experiences. She integrates insights from management to address health care delivery challenges, and explores how to design optimal organizations for better patient outcomes and care experiences. Her dissertation focuses on how staff creativity is associated with patient care experiences, and tests how creative ideas are implemented in healthcare. Yuna was previously in the COO's office at the NYC Health Department and has experience in research, operations and strategy in academic medical centers, consultancies and government, locally and internationally.   

Selected publications

  • Lee, Y.S.H., Stone, P.W., Pogorzelska-Maziarz, M. and Nembhard, I.M. (2016). Differences in Work Environment for Staff as an Explanation for Variation in Central Line Bundle Compliance in ICUs. Forthcoming, Health Care Management Review. 

Websitewww.linkedin.com/pub/yuna-lee/6/1b/aa2/


Erika Rogan

Erika Rogan

Year started: 2012

E-mail: erika.rogan@yale.edu

Research interest:

Erika Rogan is a PhD candidate in Health Policy and Management and pre-doctoral trainee in the AHRQ Health Services Research Training Program. Her research interests include older adult health, social determinants of health, state health policy, and patient experience. Her dissertation research focuses on the non-medical factors that influence older adult health, and the ways in which states' policies influence the health of older populations. Before coming to Yale, Erika conducted program evaluations as a healthcare consultant with a variety of government agencies. She holds a BS in Health Studies from Georgetown University and a joint MSc in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing from the London School of Economics & Political Science and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.



William L Schpero

William Schpero

Year started: 2014

E-mail: william.schpero@yale.edu

Research interest: William Schpero is a Ph.D. student in health policy, with a concentration in economics. Before coming to Yale, he completed a research fellowship at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, from which he also received a master's degree. Schpero received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College. 

Selected Publications: 

  • Friedman AS, Schpero WL, Busch SH. Evidence Suggests That The ACA's Tobacco Surcharges Reduced Insurance Take-Up And Did Not Increase Smoking Cessation. Health Affairs. 2016;35(7):1176-1183. 
  • Colla CH, Morden NE, Sequist TD, Schpero WL, Rosenthal MB. Choosing Wisely: Prevalence and Correlates of Low-Value Health Care Services in the United States. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2015;30(2):221-228.

Becky Staiger

Year started: 2013

E-mail: rebecca.staiger@yale.edu

Research interest:
Becky's research interests involve the intersection of health and behavioral economics. Her current work focuses on: 1) the effects of physician incentives on physician behavior and patient outcome, and; 2) understanding decision-making among underserved populations, with particular attention to HIV-positive individuals.

Websitehttp://campuspress.yale.edu/beckystaiger/