Yaou Flora Sheng

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Statistical Analyst
Washington Office


M.P.H. in epidemiology, Tulane University; M.B.B.S. in forensic medicine, Sichuan University - West China Medical College; B.Ec. in finance, Sichuan University


Flora Sheng is a statistical analyst at the RAND Corporation. She performs statistical analysis combining economic and behavioral science methods to evaluate effect(s) of federal- and state-level policies on health and wellbeing outcomes, particularly on disadvantaged populations. Her statistical skills include, but are not limited to, regression modeling, difference-in-difference analysis, sample simulation, propensity score matching, and latent factor analysis. She is highly proficient in SAS, STATA, and QGIS.

Prior to RAND, Sheng worked on HIV key populations assessment and evaluation at The Global Fund in Geneva, Switzerland. Upon her return to the United States, she worked on evaluations at Virginia Commonwealth University, focusing on Medicaid expansion and opioid use. She also played a key role on multiple NIH-funded studies, working and publishing work with researchers from Duke University on topics related to childhood obesity, ADHD, and second-hand smoking.

Sheng earned her medical degree (M.B.B.S.) from West-China Medical College (now Sichuan University, School of Medicine). She graduated from Tulane University with an M.P.H. degree concentrating on epidemiology.

Recent Projects

  • The Opioid Crisis: The Effects and Unintended Consequences of State Policies on Opioid Analgesic Prescribing
  • Medicare PDP and MA Plan Disenrollment Reasons Survey
  • Medicaid Innovation Accelerate Program: Value Based Payment and Financial Simulations
  • Practice Expense Methodology & Data Collection


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