RAND Roybal Center for Health Policy Simulation

Directors

Dana Goldman

Dana Goldman

Dana Goldman is Director of the Roybal Center for Health Policy Simulation, and Director of the Bing Center. He holds the RAND Distinguished Chair in Health Economics. In addition to being on the faculty of the Pardee RAND Graduate School, Dana is an adjunct professor at both the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the UCLA School of Public Health. His research interests combine applied microeconomics and medical issues, with a special interest in the role that medical technology and health insurance play in determining health-related outcomes.

Shinyi Wu

Shinyi Wu

Shinyi Wu is Associate Director of the Roybal Center for Health Policy Simulation. She is also an assistant professor of the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at University of Southern California, and an affiliated faculty of the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research focuses on application of quality improvement and assessment methods, decision analysis and simulation modeling, and cost-effectiveness analysis to improve health care delivery and health policy.

Staff Researchers

Melinda Beeuwkes Buntin

Melinda Beeuwkes Buntin

Melinda Beeuwkes Buntin is Co-Director of the Bing Center. She is a health economist at RAND specializing in the economics of the Medicare program. Her interests also include the individual health insurance market, benefit design and "consumer-directed" health care, and the financing of care for the chronically and seriously ill.

John Engberg

John Engberg

John Engberg is a senior economist at RAND. His primary focus is on outcomes evaluation of health, education and public safety policies and programs. Recent projects include caregiver turnover and quality of care in nursing homes and home care, and the impact of tobacco control spending on smoking behavior and health outcomes.

Federico Girosi

Federico Girosi

Federico Girosi is a policy researcher focusing on health insurance, aging, and global health. Recent projects include modeling the health impact of the introduction of new diagnostic tools in developing countries; Microsimulation modeling of health care reforms; Modeling the impact of healthy aging on future health care costs; Estimation of the impact of information technologies in health care; forecast of cause/country/gender/age-specific mortality.

Geoffrey Joyce

Geoffrey Joyce

Geoffrey Joyce is a senior economist at RAND, Co-Director of the UCLA-RAND Health Services Research Training Program, and Adjunct Associate Professor at the UCLA School of Public Health. He has particular interest and experience in the costs of delivering health care, with an emphasis on the impact of benefit design on drug costs, utilization, and adherence.

Darius Lakdawalla

Darius Lakdawalla

Darius Lakdawalla is an economist at RAND. His research focuses on the economic determinants of health and human capital and their impact on aggregate trends in health and development.

Nicole Maestas

Nicole Maestas

Nicole Maestas is an Associate Economist at RAND. Her research interests include applied microeconomics and the economics of aging, with a current focus on Medicare beneficiaries and the effect of Medicare on disparities in health, mortality, and health care utilization by older adults.

Neeraj Sood

Neeraj Sood

Neeraj Sood, PhD is an associate economist in RAND. His research focuses on health economics and health policy research, with an emphasis on outlier payment policies for the inpatient rehabilitation facility prospective payment system, the role of payment generosity on resource use for acute care patients, the effects of insurance on HIV-related mortality and the role of price regulation in health and life insurance markets.

Hao Yu

Hao Yu

Hao Yu is an Associate Policy Researcher at RAND. He has particular interest and experience in studying the State Children's Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP) in the U.S. and health care reforms in China.

Gema Zamarro

Gema Zamarro

Gema Zamarro is an associate economist at RAND. She has performed empirical econometric analysis on both labor and education topics. Her research interests include analyzing the causal effect of retirement on general health, mental health, and cognitive measures as well as studying the possible paths through which retirement may affect health.