Claire E. O'Hanlon

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Adjunct Policy Researcher
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Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.P.P., University of Chicago; B.S. in engineering, Harvey Mudd College


Claire E. O'Hanlon is an adjunct policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. A health services, economics, and policy researcher with a background in engineering, experienced in applied quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods, her research interests include health care systems and consolidation, aging and the end of life, and emerging health technologies.

During her doctoral studies, O'Hanlon worked as an assistant policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and served as a student liaison for RAND Health Care. She previously worked in health economics and outcomes modeling at Amgen, University of Chicago Medicine, and Knopp Biosciences, a biotechnology start-up. Prior to her graduate studies, O’Hanlon was a laboratory technician at Duquesne University, where she designed drug delivery agents. Currently she is a postdoctoral fellow in health services research at the Veterans Affairs Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation & Policy in Los Angeles.

O'Hanlon holds a doctorate in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School, a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School, a certificate in health administration and policy from the University of Chicago, and a B.S. in engineering from Harvey Mudd College.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Advanced Fellow in Health Services Research, Veterans Affairs Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation & Policy

Selected Publications

O’Hanlon C, Lindvall C, Lorenz K, Giannitrapani K, Garrido M, Asch S, Wenger N, Malin J, Dy SM, Canning M, Gamboa R, Walling A, "Measure scan and synthesis of palliative and end-of-life process quality measures for advanced cancer," JCO Oncology Practice, 2020

O’Hanlon CE, "Impacts of health care consolidation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: a qualitative study," Inquiry, 2020

O’Hanlon CE, Kranz AM, DeYoreo M, Mahmud A, Damberg CL, Timbie JW, "Access, quality, and financial performance of rural hospitals following health system affiliation," Health Affairs, 2019

O’Hanlon CE, Whaley C, Freund D, "Medical practice consolidation and physician shared patient network size, strength, and stability," Medical Care, 2019

O'Hanlon CE, "What kills us and what moves us: a comparative discourse analysis of heart disease and breast cancer," Digital Health, 2019

O'Hanlon CE, "What can state regulators and lawmakers do when federal antitrust enforcement fails to prevent health care consolidation?" Health Affairs Blog, 2019

O’Hanlon CE, Walling A, Okeke E, Stevenson S, Wenger N, "A framework to guide economic analysis of advance care planning," Journal of Palliative Medicine, 2018

O’Hanlon C, Huang C, Sloss E, Anhang Price R, Hussey P, Farmer C, Gidengil C, "Comparing VA and non-VA quality of care: a systematic review," Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2016

Honors & Awards

  • Delivery System Science Fellow (2018-2019), AcademyHealth
  • "40 for 40" Early Career Research Travel Grant (2018), Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
  • James Q. Wilson Dissertation Fellowship (2016-2018), Pardee RAND Graduate School


  • A newborn baby rests beside his mother at the Ana Betancourt de Mora Hospital in Camaguey, Cuba, June 19, 2015, the week the World Health Organization declared Cuba the first country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child

    Doing More with Less: Lessons from Cuba's Health Care System

    High U.S. health care costs do not yield corresponding health outcomes for its citizens. But Cuba, for less than a tenth of U.S. costs, has attained comparable outcomes on many indicators, such as life expectancy and infant mortality. Cuba prioritizes primary care and prevention and addresses social determinants of health.

    Oct 6, 2017 Georgetown Journal of International Affairs