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. 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 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 (forthcoming)

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, 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 CE, Cooper JM, Lee SM, John P, Churpek M, Chin MH, Huang ES, "Life expectancy predictions for older diabetic patients as estimated by physicians and a prognostic model," Medical Decision Making Policy & Practice, 2017

Chari R, O’Hanlon C, Chen P, Leuschner K, Nelson C, "Governing academic medical center systems: evaluating and choosing among alternative governance approaches," Academic Medicine, 2017

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

O'Hanlon CE, Newberry SJ, Booth M, Grant S, Motala A, Maglione MA, FitzGerald JD, Shekelle PG, "Hyaluronic acid injection therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee: concordant efficacy and conflicting serious adverse events in two systematic reviews," Systematic Reviews, 2016

Linnemayr SG, O’Hanlon CE, Uscher-Pines L, Van Abel K, Nelson C, "Using insights from behavioral economics to strengthen disaster preparedness and response," Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 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