Natalie Ernecoff

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Associate Policy Researcher
Pittsburgh Office


B.S. in neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus; M.P.H. in behavioral and comm health sci, University of Pittsburgh; Ph.D. in health policy and management, University of North Carolina


Natalie C. Ernecoff (she/her) is an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her research focuses on developing, implementing, and evaluating systems-level palliative care, hospice, and home care interventions. Her recent work includes (1) evaluation and refinement of a concurrent hospice-dialysis program, (2) evaluation of home-based serious illness care, and (3) development of an algorithm to identify nursing home residents with late-stage dementia for automated hospice informational referral. Ernecoff also conducts research in healthcare system informatics, electronic health record (EHR)-based interventions, systematic identification of serious illness populations, and collaborative models of palliative care delivery. Her work in serious illness care includes chronic kidney disease, dementia, cancer, and critical illness. She is experienced in qualitative and mixed methods research, implementation science, and clinical research. Ernecoff holds a Ph.D. in health policy and management and an M.P.H. in behavioral and community health sciences.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Adjunct Faculty, University of Pittsburgh, Division of General Internal Medicine