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Faculty Research

The Schroeder Center collaborates with a multidisciplinary group of William & Mary faculty who have health and health policy research interests.  Collaborative efforts include, but are not limited to, faculty co-authoring journal articles, providing financial support for research assistantships on faculty-led projects, organizing speaker events and health policy panels, identifying grant funding opportunities, and bringing together faculty for potential projects.  Below we list several William & Mary faculty who have health and health policy research interests along with examples of their research.  For a more complete review of their work, please visit each faculty member’s individual webpages by clicking on his/her name.



Peter McHenry, Ph.D.
Tang Associate Professor
Chancellors Hall, Room 256
(757) 221-1796

Health Policy Interests:
Health economics, informal caregiving, Medicare, nursing labor markets

Courses Taught:
Labor Market Analysis
Poverty in America
Principles of Microeconomics

Selected Publications:
Do Financial Incentives Matter?  Effects of Medicare Price Shocks on Skilled Nursing Facility Care (with He and Mellor) (2020).  Health Economics. 29(6):655-670.

The Effects of Medicare Payment Changes on Nursing Home Staffing (with He and Mellor) (2020).  American Journal of Health Economics.  6(4):411-443. 



Jennifer Mellor, Ph.D.
Director, Schroeder Center for Health Policy
Chancellors Hall, Room 433
(757) 221-1913

Health Policy Interests:
Health economics, health policy, Medicare and Medicaid

Courses Taught:
Health Care Economics
Economics of U.S. Health Policy
Economics of Bad Behavior
Health Policy Research Lab

Selected Publications:
Welcome Mats and On-Ramps for Older Adults:  The Impact of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid Expansions on Dual Enrollment in Medicare and Medicaid (with McInerney and Sabik) (2020). Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

Racial and Ethnic Differences in Medicaid Acceptance by Primary Care Physicians:  A Geospatial Analysis (with Daly) (2020).  Medical Care Research and Review.  77(1):85-95.

John Parman, Ph.D.
Paul R. Verkuil Distinguished Associate Professor
Chancellors Hall, Room 254
(757) 221-2852

Health Policy Interests:
Economic history, effect of health shocks on families, health and socioeconomic status

Courses Taught:
American Economic History
American Mobility
Regulation of Markets

Selected Publications:
Disease, Downturns, and Wellbeing:  Economic History and the Long-Run Impacts of COVID-19 (with Arthi) (2021).  Explorations in Economic History.  79:101381.

Segregation and Mortality Over Time and Space (with Logan) (2018).  Social Science & Medicine.  199:77-86.

Louis F. Rossiter, Ph.D.

Research Professor of Public Policy
Former Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources
Former Deputy for Policy at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Miller Hall, Room 3050
(757) 221-1602

Health Policy Interests:
Health economics, financing and delivery of health care, reimbursement economics, managed care organizations, health information analytics

Courses Taught:
Public Policy for Science and Professions

Selected Publications:
Healthcare Resource Use and Cost:  The Impact of Adopting an Abuse-Deterrent Formulation of Extended Release Morphine (with Kwong and Marrett) (2020).  ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research.  12:35-44.

New Approaches and Technologies for Improving Cost Performance in Health Care (with Masiulis, Schaich, and Thomas) (2018).  Healthcare Financial Management Association magazine (2018-2019 Helen Yerger/L. Vann Seawell Best Article Award)

Peter Savelyev, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Chancellors Hall, Room 232
(757) 221-2371

Health Policy Interests:
Health economics, economics of human development

Courses Taught:
Economics of Health Care

Selected Publications:
Conscientiousness, Extraversion, College Education, and Longevity of High-Ability Individuals (2020). The Journal of Human Resources.  DOI: 10.3368/jhr.58.1.0918-9720R2

Understanding the Mechanisms Linking College Education with Longevity (with Hong and Tan) (2020).  Journal of Human Capital, 14(3):371-400. 

Ranjan Shrestha, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Chancellors Hall, Room 461

Health Policy Interests:
Health economics, development economics, economic demography

Courses Taught:
Principles:  Microeconomics
Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
Principles:  Macroeconomics
Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
Principles/Methods Statistics

Selected Publications:
Health Insurance for the Poor, Health Care Utilisation and Health Outcomes in Indonesia (2020).  Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies.

The Village Midwife Program and Infant Mortality in Indonesia (2010).  Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies. 46(2):193-211.


Chris Howard,

Harriman Professor
of Government and Public Policy
Chancellors Hall, Room 363
(757) 221-3026 

Health Policy Interests:
Health policy, Medicaid, Medicare

Courses Taught:
American Welfare State
War on Poverty
Policy History

Selected Publications:
The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Social Policy (co-edited with Beland and Morgan) (2015).  
DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199838509.001.0001

Claire McKinney, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Chancellors Hall, Room 320
(757) 221-2041

Health Policy Interests:
Disability studies, reproductive politics, medicalized citizenship

Courses Taught:
Medicalized Citizenship
Politics of Reproduction
Women’s Disease Activism as Political Theory

Selected Publications:
A Good Abortion is a Tragic Abortion: Fit Motherhood and Disability Stigma (2019).  Hypatia 34(2):266-285.

Selective Abortion as Moral Failure? Revaluation of the Feminist Case for Reproductive Rights in a Disability Context (2016).  Disability Studies Quarterly 36(1).


Adrian Bravo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Integrated Science Center, Room 1081
(757) 221-3881
Health Policy Interests:
Protective/risk factors (motives, protective behavioral strategies, impulsivity-like traits, rumination, and mindfulness) of substance use and mental health

Courses Taught:
Health Psychology
Research in Personality
Intro Psychology as a Social Science
Drugs and Behavior

Selected Publications:
College Alcohol Beliefs and Negative Alcohol-related Consequences:  A Moderated Mediation Model of Enhancement Drinking Motives and Restricted Eating (with Herchenroeder & Protective Strategies Study Team) (2020).  Addictive Behaviors.  110: 106541.

Microaggressions and Psychological Health among College Students:  A Moderated Mediation Model of Rumination and Social Structure Beliefs (with Farber, Wedell, Herchenroeder, Dickter, and Pearson) (2021).  Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.  8(1):245-255.

Danielle Dallaire, Ph.D.
Integrated Science Center,
Room 1143
(757) 221-3884

Health Policy Interests:
Children’s social and emotional development in the context of risk

Courses Taught:
Developmental Psychology
Families, Law, and Psychology

Selected Publications:

Parental Incarceration During Middle Childhood and Adolescence (with Shlafer and Davis) (2019).  In: Eddy J., Poehlmann-Tynan J. (eds) Handbook on Children with Incarcerated Parents. Springer, Cham.

Parenting Programs for Incarcerated Fathers and Mothers: Current Research and New Directions (with Loper and Clarke) (2019).  In: Eddy J., Poehlmann-Tynan J. (eds) Handbook on Children with Incarcerated Parents. Springer, Cham.


Carrie Dolan, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor
Adair Hall, Room 112
(757) 221-2971

Health Policy Interests:
Global health investments, global health, spatial epidemiology

Courses Taught:
Research Methods
Health Ethics

Selected Publications:

Childhood Health and the Changing Distribution of Foreign Aid:  Evidence from Nigeria’s Transition to Lower-Middle-Income Status (with Saunders and BenYishay) (2020).  PLoS ONE.  15(11): e0241866.

An Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Equity Approach to Examining Subnational Health Aid (2019).  In: Dutta N., Williamson C. (eds). Lessons on Foreign Aid and Economic Development.  Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.
Sarah Menefee, M.P.H.
Adair Hall, Room 400A
(757) 221-1902
Health Policy Interests:
College health issues (substance use/abuse and suicide prevention), health promotion, domestic and global public health

Courses Taught:
Foundations in Epidemiology
Intro to Public Health
Intro to Global Health
Social & Behavioral Science in Health
Health Policy

Iyabo Obasanjo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Adair Hall, Room 303A
(757) 221-5452

Health Policy Interests:
Global health, health policy, social determinants of health

Courses Taught:
Foundations of Public Health
Introduction to Global Health
Health Policy
Community Health and Research
Universal Basic Healthcare
Global Health Management
Environmental Issues in Public Health

Selected Publications:
How are Women in African Parliaments Influencing Health Outcomes? (2019).  Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics.  16(1):61-72.

Interventions to Combat HIV/AIDS in Conflict-Affected Youth in Cote d’Ivoire (with Chams-Eddine) (2019).  Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Research, Policy and Care.  14(1):91-94.

Alison Scott, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Adair Hall, Room 400
(757) 221-2760

Health Policy Interests:
Public health, international health

Courses Taught:
Introduction to Global Health
Social & Behavioral Science in Health
Issues in Health
Public Health:  Health Equity
Public Health Research Issues

Selected Publications:

Grandparent Caregiving Among Rural African Americans in a Community in the American South:  Challenges to Health and Wellbeing (with Clottey and Alfonso) (2015).  Rural Remote Health.  15(3): 3313.

Social Determinants of Health Among African Americans in a Rural Community in the Deep South:  An Ecological Exploration (with Wilson) (2011).  Rural Remote Health.  11(1):1634.


Elyas Bakhtiari, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Morton Hall, Room 216
(757) 221-3488
Health Policy Interests:
Health disparities, cross-national comparison of health outcomes, medical sociology, racial/ethnic inequality, immigrant incorporation

Courses Taught:
Medical Sociology
Social Inequality and Health

Selected Publications:

Health Effects of Muslim Racialization:  Evidence from Birth Outcomes in California Before and After September 11, 2011.  (2020). SSM-Population Health. 12:100703.

Institutions, Incorporation, and Inequality:  The Case of Minority Health Inequalities in Europe (with Olafsdottir and Beckfield) (2018).  Journal of Health and Social Behavior.  59(2):248-267.

Reya Farber, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Morton Hall, Room 233

Health Policy Interests:
Medical sociology; global health; gender studies; globalization; science, technology, and medicine studies; qualitative methods

Courses Taught:
Politics of Global Health
Medical Sociology
Global Social Problems

Selected Publications:

Microaggressions and Psychological Health Among College Students:  A Moderated Mediation Model of Rumination and Social Structure Beliefs (with Wedell, Herchenroeder, Dickter, Pearson, and Bravo) (2021).  Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.  8(1):245-255.

LGBTIQ Rights and Intersectional Justice During COVID-19 (2020).  Diplomatic Courier