People

Principle Investigators 

Layla Booshehri, PhD, Assistant Research Professor, Department of Health Systems and Sciences Research, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University.

Her research focuses on the dynamics of complex systems and the applications of statistical physics to socioeconomic phenomena. Specifically, her work aims to measure the macroscopic responses to changes in the activity of both individual and groups of interacting agents within the healthcare and welfare system. In particular, she uses decision modeling to identify how the intertemporal medical choices of patients impact health outcomes, non-equilibrium analysis to investigate exogenous events on household and community financial management, and multi-agent simulation to the predict the activity of firms operating within the healthcare system.

Dr. Booshehri holds an MS and PhD in Applied Physics from Rice University and a BS in Physics from the University of Florida.

 

Jerome Dugan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Systems and Sciences Research, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University; Assistant Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health, Drexel University; Full Member, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Thomas Jefferson University.

His research examines how health related factors, such as an individual’s health insurance status or the structure of providers and payer institutions, impact medical decision-making and the subsequent impact of these decisions on the cost and quality of care sought and received. In particular, he focuses on the prevention and control of major chronic diseases, which include cancer, heart disease, and diabetes – diagnoses that require a high level of coordination between individual patients, treating institutions, and payers to minimize the probability of future acute and adverse outcomes.

Dr. Dugan received his MA and PhD in Economics at Rice University and his BS in Economics from Clemson University.

Undergraduate Fellows

Caichen Zhong, Undergraduate, Health Services Administration, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University.  She is a second-year student on the accelerated track of the 5-year BS/MPH. She is also an Honors college student and a former Drexel STAR Scholar.  Ms. Zhong will contribute to investigating various research questions in the performance of healthcare markets, the evolution health insurance, and the policy governing aging households.

Alumni Students

Jacquelynn Orr, FACHE, MHA, Doctoral Candidate, Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health, Drexel University. 2017.

Amarah Malik, Undergraduate/Star Scholar, Health Administration, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University; Finance, Lebow College of Business, Drexel University. 2017.