Lori Uscher-Pines

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Policy Researcher
Washington Office


Ph.D. in health policy and management, Johns Hopkins University; M.Sc. in international relations/security studies, London School of Economics; B.A. in international relations, University of Pennsylvania

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Lori Uscher-Pines is a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her research interests include innovations in healthcare delivery such as telemedicine, public health preparedness, and maternal and child health. Uscher-Pines is a mixed methods researcher currently working on projects to evaluate the impact of direct-to-consumer telehealth services on costs and quality and the impact of virtual breastfeeding support on breastfeeding rates among rural mothers. She is also leading projects to explore the feasiblity of different K-12 school practices to support social distancing in a public healh emergency and how citizen scienc can be leveraged to improve preparedness and response.

Before coming to RAND, Uscher-Pines completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, National Center for Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response. Uscher-Pines also served as an adjunct faculty member in public health at Temple University. While pursuing her doctoral degree, she worked at the Philadelphia and New Jersey Departments of Public Health.

Uscher-Pines earned her Ph.D. in health policy and management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her master's in international relations from the London School of Economics.


  • A doctor and a patient holding a telehealth session involving x-ray results and a blood pressure reading

    Telehealth Alone Will Not Increase Health Care Access for the Underserved

    Telehealth can bring medical care into communities with limited access to providers or facilities and reduce wait times. But it requires integration into a well-functioning health care system that has the capacity to address the follow-up needs that telehealth generates.

    Dec 16, 2016 Health Affairs Blog

  • doctor wearing mask with baby patient

    Are County Masking Requirements the Future of Influenza Prevention?

    If it doesn't seem that state laws as currently written can help increase the number of health care workers vaccinated against influenza, then what can? There is evidence that imposing consequences for vaccination refusal, including the requirement to wear a surgical mask, can help.

    Nov 20, 2013 The RAND Blog

  • emergency sign

    Applying What Works to Reduce Non-Urgent Emergency Department Use

    It is likely that communities with low rates of non-urgent ED use not only have better access to primary care, but patients who are educated about appropriate care seeking and convenient alternatives for acute care, writes Lori Uscher-Pines.

    May 22, 2013 The RAND Blog

  • Why Aren't Americans Listening to Disaster Preparedness Messages?

    Given the recent spate of highly publicized disasters, why don't more Americans pay attention to the advice of public health officials? The messages they are getting are largely based on unverified assumptions, not hard evidence. Equally concerning, these assumptions may inadvertently hinder preparedness.

    Jun 29, 2012 RAND.org