Introducing Rebecca Haffajee

We’re excited to introduce and welcome Rebecca Haffajee to our blogging community as a regular contributor (probably with a bit of a hiatus around November).

Rebecca graduated magna cum laude from Duke University in 2002 with a BA in the Women’s Studies Program and a Certificate in Health Policy. Upon graduation, Rebecca served as a Duke University Hart Leadership Fellow for ten months in Moshi, Tanzania, where she worked on a public health study that examined the socio-cultural impact of HIV/AIDS.  In 2006, Rebecca completed a JD from Harvard Law School and an MPH in Law and Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She practiced as a health care associate in the law firm of Ropes & Gray LLP for three years, advising domestic health care providers on regulatory compliance and reimbursement matters. She also served as a Law Fellow at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center.

Rebecca is currently a doctoral candidate in Health Policy at Harvard University, concentrating in Evaluative Science and Statistics.  She researches the empirical effects of laws and policies on health and health care outcomes, with particular emphases on public health laws and innovative approaches to responding to medical injuries. She served as a student fellow at the Harvard Law School Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics from 2011-2012.  She now serves as a Fellow in Pharmaceutical Policy Research in the Department of Population Medicine of Harvard Medical School/Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, where she is investigating the effects of mental health parity laws on drug utilization.

Some of Rebecca’s representative work includes:

Welcome, Rebecca!
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Rebecca Haffajee is a Thomas O. Pyle Fellow in Pharmaceutical Policy Research in the Department of Population Medicine at the Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Institute. After completing her JD and MPH at Harvard in 2006, Rebecca practiced as a health care lawyer for several years. She entered the Harvard PhD Program in Health Policy in 2010 with a concentration in Evaluative Science and Statistics. Her dissertation research is focused on the empirical effects of laws and policies on health outcomes, with particular emphases on public health laws and patient safety/quality initiatives. She is currently working on a longitudinal assessment of the impact of mental health parity laws on mental health treatment and outcomes. Rebecca was a Student Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center in 2010 - 2011. Her research paper was: "Probing the Constitutional Basis for Distracted Driving Laws: Do they Actually Reduce Fatalities?"

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