Health Evaluation & Analytics Lab Team
The Health Evaluation and Analytics Lab (HEAL) is a multidisciplinary team of faculty and staff with backgrounds in healthcare administration, public policy, public health, economics, and law. We are based at NYU Langone’s Department of Population Health, NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
We are led by a multidisciplinary group of experts.
James R. Knickman, PhD, Director
Clinical Professor, Department of Population Health
Robert Derzon Clinical Professor, NYU Wagner
As director of HEAL, Dr. Knickman is involved in developing grants and contracts for analysis and evaluation projects, overseeing our research portfolio, conducting research projects, and directing operations. He previously spent 10 years as president and chief executive officer of the New York State Health Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to improving the health of all New Yorkers, especially the most vulnerable. He has also been the vice president of research and evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and headed a research center as an NYU faculty member in the 1980s. He has published extensively on healthcare financing and health system reform issues.
Kacie Dragan, MPH, Assistant Research Scientist
Ms. Dragan serves as the analyst and project manager for NYU Wagner’s Policies for Action Hub, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation–funded research group. Ms. Dragan previously worked at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on several epidemiology projects, including as a co-author of the 2015 Community Health Profiles—neighborhood-level summaries of key health, social, and economic metrics for each of New York City’s 59 neighborhoods. She earned an MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College.
Claudia Solís-Román, MPA, Associate Research Scientist and Lead Analyst
Ms. Solís-Román, who is based at NYU Wagner, conducts econometric analyses to evaluate programs. She is currently evaluating collaborative care treatment for mental health conditions and care management using Medicaid claims. Before this, she researched evolving expenses in the healthcare system; tax treatment of health insurance; forecasting models of the health insurance marketplaces; healthcare use among Medicare-eligible populations; and health insurance take-up, health spending, and the behavior of health insurance companies and health insurance systems after Affordable Care Act reforms. She was a teaching assistant of graduate statistics and management courses at NYU Wagner and a research assistant at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She earned an MPA from NYU Wagner and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Scarlett Sijia Wang, MPH, MSW, Assistant Research Scientist and Analyst
Using Medicaid claims, Ms. Wang, who is based at NYU Wagner, evaluates disparities in the treatment of autism spectrum disorder among New York City children. Before joining HEAL, she was a teaching assistant and a research assistant at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Ms. Wang earned an MPH in epidemiology and an MSW in social enterprise administration from Columbia University.
Emily Lemieux, MPH, Research Analyst
Ms. Lemieux, who is based in the Department of Population Health, works on evaluation projects related to the opioid epidemic and criminal justice. Before joining HEAL, Ms. Lemieux was an analyst at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Bureau of Early Intervention. She earned an MPH in epidemiology from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College.
Kamila Kiszko, MPH, Program Director
Ms. Kiszko serves as our program director.
John Billings, JD
Professor of Health Policy and Public Service, NYU Wagner
Todor N. Mijanovich, PhD
Research Associate Professor, NYU Steinhardt
Sherry Glied, PhD
Dean, Professor of Public Service, NYU Wagner
Julia Lane, PhD
Professor, NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress; and Professor of Public Affairs, NYU Wagner