Health Insurance and Pharmaceutical Policy Research

New legislative and regulatory initiatives continually shape the US health policy environment.  Policy changes, such as, new health insurance benefit limits or expansions, are intended to guard against overuse of health services control costs, or improve access and quality of healthcare. However, many new policies are not based on convincing evidence of their efficacy in achieving these objectives.

Toni Peters

Corresponding Member of the Faculty

Until her retirement (December 31, 2013), Dr. Peters was an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Medicine (DPM), and the Associate Director of the Academy Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard Medical School (HMS).  Presently, she is a Lecturer in DPM and a consultant to the HMS Center for Primary Care. She received a BA in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in Educational Psychology from SUNY at Buffalo. From 1986-1991, she was the Associate Director for Educational Research and Evaluation at SUNY/Buffalo. She joined DPM in 1992.

Jeanne Madden


Dr. Madden is a Lecturer in the Department of Population Medicine, working primarily with the Division of Health Policy and Insurance Research. At present, she is leading a qualitative study on the experiences of individuals with bipolar disorder as they navigate complex insurance benefits, within a larger PCORI investigation of the impact of high deductible health plans on individuals with bipolar disorder.  Dr.

Anjali Kaimal

Associate Professor

Anjali Kaimal, MD, MAS is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School and a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Her research program is focused on the definition, design, execution, and dissemination of evidence-based, patient-centered interventions to improve the quality and effectiveness of obstetric care, particularly regarding mode of delivery and interventions during pregnancy including induction of labor, prenatal testing, and medications for management of medical complication

Mara Murray Horwitz

Research Fellow

Mara Murray Horwitz, MD, is a fellow in the Harvard Medical School Fellowship in General Medicine and Primary Care. She completed her internal medicine residency at Boston Medical Center, graduated from the University of California, San Francisco medical school, and studied biology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her prior research experiences include a post-bachelor fellowship at the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, and a year of clinical research in rural Uganda through the Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars Program.

Andres Cardenas Salazar

Research Fellow

Andres Cardenas, PhD, MPH, received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry and biophysics, and his graduate degrees in biostatistics and public health, from Oregon State University. His research looks at environmental exposures in utero and epigenetic alterations along with their potential role in the developmental origins of health and disease. He is currently working with Marie-France Hivert and Emily Oken on research projects focused on epigenetics and environmental epidemiology. He is originally from Nicoya, Costa Rica.

Heather Hsu

Research Fellow

Dr. Hsu is a Harvard Pediatric Health Services Research Fellow and Hospitalist at Boston Children's Hospital.  Dr. Hsu received her Master's degree in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency training in Pediatrics in the Boston Combined Residency Program at Boston Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center. Dr.

Manjiree Karandikar

Research Fellow

Dr. Karandikar is a clinical fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Boston Children’s Hospital, and a research fellow in the Center for Healthcare Research in Pediatrics (CHeRP). She graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed her residency training in pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Prior to medical school, she received a Masters in BioScience from the Keck Graduate Institute, with an emphasis in Biopharmaceutical Drug Discovery and Development.

Melanie Kornides

Research Fellow

Melanie Kornides, Sc.D., is a postdoctoral research fellow working with Melissa Gilkey in the Center for Child Health Care Studies. Her research focuses on improving HPV vaccination coverage among adolescents. She graduated from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with a Doctor of Science degree in epidemiology. Formerly a family nurse practitioner with a Master of Science degree from University of Michigan, she worked in primary care with children, adolescents, and adults. Dr.