Health Evaluation and Analytics Lab Team

The Health Evaluation and Analytics Lab is made up of a multi-disciplinary team of faculty and staff from NYU School of Medicine, NYU Wagner, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.


James Knickman , PhD, Robert Derzon Chair in Health and Public Service, NYU Wagner, and Clinical Professor, NYU School of Medicine, Department of Population Health

Dr. James Knickman leads the Health Evaluation and Analytics Lab (HEAL). Prior to arriving at NYU, he served for 10-years as president and chief executive officer of the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth), a private foundation dedicated to improving the health of all New Yorkers, especially the most vulnerable. Prior to NYSHealth, he was the vice president of research and evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton. He previously headed a research center as an NYU faculty member in the 1980s and has published extensively on health care financing and health system reform issues.  As director of HEAL, Dr. Knickman is involved in developing grants and contracts for analysis and evaluation projects, overseeing the HEAL research portfolio, conducting research projects, and directing operations.

John Billings, JD, Professor of Health Policy and Public Service, NYU Wagner

Professor John Billings is principal investigator on numerous projects to assess the performance of the safety net for vulnerable populations and to understand the nature and extent of barriers to optimal health for vulnerable populations. Much of his work has involved analysis of patterns of hospital admission and emergency room visits as a mechanism to evaluate access barriers to outpatient care and to assess the performance of the ambulatory care delivery system. He has also examined the characteristics of high cost Medicaid patients to help in designing interventions to improve care and outcomes. Parallel work in the United Kingdom has involved creating an algorithm for the National Health Service to identify patients at risk of future hospital admissions and designing interventions to improve care for these high risk patients. As a founding member of the Foundation for Informed Decision Making, Professor Billings is helping to provide patients with a clearer mechanism for understanding and making informed decisions about a variety of available treatments.

Todor N. Mijanovich, PhD, Research Associate Professor, NYU Steinhardt

Dr. Todor Mijanovich is a program evaluator and health policy researcher who studies the effects of policies and programs that serve disadvantaged populations. Before coming to NYU, he was a senior research associate at MDRC, where he evaluated earning subsidy programs for long-term welfare recipients. Over the last ten years, Mijanovich has studied health care utilization in low-income populations, the health and social impacts of comprehensive community initiatives, and is currently working on evaluations of food policies, homeless services, new models of primary care delivery, and care management for chronically ill Medicaid recipients. His methodological interests include predictive modeling of medical costs and hospitalizations, medical risk adjustment, and developing measures of health care quality.

Sherry Glied, PhD, Dean, Professor of Public Service, NYU Wagner

Before being named Dean of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, Dr. Sherry Glied was professor of health policy and management at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, including chairing the Department of Health Policy and Management from 1998-2009. She served from 2010 to 2012 as the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services. She had previously served as senior economist for health care and labor market policy on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1992-1993, under Presidents Bush and Clinton, and participated in the Clinton Health Care Task Force. Dean Glied’s principal areas of research are in health policy reform and mental health care policy.

Julia Lane, PhD, Professor, NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress and Professor of Public Affairs, NYU Wagner

Dr. Julia Lane is an economist who is the co-founder of the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamic (LEHD) partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau. LEHD data has been used to analyze commuting patterns for transportation planning and the study of workforce turnover, pensions, and low-wage work. Dr. Lane started at the National Science Foundation as senior program director of the Science of Science and Innovation Policy Program to quantify the results of federal stimulus spending, which is the basis of the new Institute for Research on Innovation and Science at the University of Michigan. The data will be used to describe the structure of the research workforce, the nature and evolution of research collaborations, and the diffusion of sponsored research results. Dr. Lane has had leadership positions in a number of policy and data science initiatives, which include senior managing economist at the American Institutes for Research and senior vice president and director at the Economics Department at NORC/University of Chicago.

Claudia Solís-Román, MPA, Associate Research Scientist, NYU Wagner

Claudia Solis-Roman is an analyst at HEAL who conducts econometric analyses to evaluate programs.She is currently evaluating collaborative care treatment for mental health conditions and care management using Medicaid claims. Prior to this, Claudia researched evolving expenses in the healthcare system, tax treatment of health insurance, forecasting models of the marketplaces, health care utilization among Medicare eligible populations, and health insurance take up, health spending, and firm behavior following Affordable Care Act reforms. She was a teaching assistant for graduate statistics and management courses at NYU and a research assistant at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. She received her master's in public administration from NYU Wagner and her bachelor's in public and international affairs from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.

Kacie Dragan, MPH, Assistant Research Scientist, NYU Wagner

Kacie Dragan serves as the analyst and project manager for NYU Wagner's Policies for Action (P4A) Hub, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded research group. Under the direction of NYU Wagner Dean Sherry Glied and in collaboration with HEAL and faculty across NYU, the Hub's research focuses on evaluating the effect of non-health policies, such as housing, education, or transportation, on the health of Medicaid patients. Kacie 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 received her MPH from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and her bachelor's degree from Barnard College.

Andrew Yen, MA, Research Analyst, NYU School of Medicine

Andrew Yen serves as a research analyst for the Health Evaluation and Analytics Lab. He is currently evaluating care management programs under Medicaid and the impact of housing and neighborhood quality on health outcomes. He is also providing assistance in proposal writing and website development. Andrew previously worked at Mathematica Policy Research on several Medicare projects, including bundled payment reforms, incentives to reduce adverse events in hospitals, and skilled nursing facility policies under the Affordable Care Act. He also served as a teaching assistant for undergraduate microeconomics at the University of California, San Diego. He received his master’s in applied economics from Georgetown University and his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego.

Natalie Covill, BA, Program Associate, NYU School of Medicine, Department of Population Health

Natalie Covill works as an administrative assistant for the HEAL team. She joined NYU School of Medicine’s Department of Population Health in November 2016, and works in the Section on Health Choice, Policy, and Evaluation under the direction of Dr. Knickman as well as Dr. Carolyn Berry and Sue Kaplan. She has a background in urban planning and environmental studies and received her bachelor’s in urban design and architectural studies from NYU in 2016.