Current Fellows

Carrie Colla, PhD

Carrie Colla is a health economist and an associate professor at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at the Geisel School of Medicine in Hanover, New Hampshire. Her research focuses on physician payment, health insurance markets, and insurance benefit design and is aimed at policies that will improve the quality, accessibility, and cost of health care. Colla teaches microeconomics and health policy at Dartmouth College. Much of Colla’s collaborative and investigator-initiated research focuses on examining health system performance and the effectiveness of payment and delivery system reforms, including accountable care organizations (ACOs). She has been the principal investigator for the annual National Survey of ACOs since its inception in 2012.

Colla’s work is funded by the National Institute on Aging, The Commonwealth Fund, the Donaghue Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is a lead investigator at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Center of Excellence to Study High-Performing Health Care Systems at Dartmouth. She has worked on empirical studies involving the effects of changes in Medicare reimbursement for physicians and institutional providers (including accountable care payment reforms) on high-need, high-cost patients; prevalence and drivers of low-value health care services; costs, use, and outcomes of post-acute care; labor market effects of health insurance expansions; and employer health benefit choices under an employer mandate.

Colla received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and her MA in economics and PhD in health policy (economics track) from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the past recipient of a SYNERGY Career Development Award from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.
• Democratic Leader Honorable Nancy Pelosi
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Robin Fleming, PhD, RN

Robin Fleming is an interdisciplinary researcher, author, program developer, and policy expert in the fields of health and education. Her areas of expertise are in school health and its capacity to reduce health and academic disparities, and in the integration of health and education systems to improve population health.

Fleming’s most recent position was with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington State’s education agency. She served as health services program administrator, providing leadership, policy guidance, consultation, training, and professional development to school nurses and others in the state’s 295 school districts. She worked with state and national legislators, policy makers, and community agencies to inform and strengthen Washington State’s health reform efforts; helped to maintain school nurse funding in Washington State’s legislative and gubernatorial budgets; embedded school nurse leaders in the state’s Accountable Communities of Health Care network; and developed a school nurse case-management program for low-income students with asthma. Fleming also served for 13 years as a school nurse for Seattle Public Schools, where she provided clinical services to students and received grant funding to develop programs for immigrant and low-income students.
Fleming has served on the boards of the American School Health Association, the School Nurse Organization of Washington, and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN). She won the NASN award for Best Completed Research (2010) and the Economic Opportunity Institute’s Aubrey Davis Award for Progressive Leadership (2012) for her contributions to education and child health.

Fleming received her PhD in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Washington (UW), with cognates in school finance, multicultural studies, and public health. She holds a master’s degree in community health nursing from UW, where she also received her BSN. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Seattle University. Fleming is an affiliate assistant professor in the Family and Child Nursing Department of the University of Washington.
• Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
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Caprice Knapp, PhD

Caprice Knapp is director of the Pan Institutional Network for Global Health at The Pennsylvania State University. She is also a research associate professor in the Health Policy and Administration (HPA) program at The Pennsylvania State University and a visiting professor in the College of Public Health at the University of the Philippines, Manila. She conducts investigator-initiated and collaborative research in health care delivery and outcomes. In 2016, she was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Experienced Researcher Fellowship and became a fellow at the Freiburg (Germany) Institute for Advanced Studies. From 2005 to 2015, she was a faculty member in the Department of Health Outcomes and Policy at the University of Florida (UF). Knapp also worked in the Governor's Office of State Planning and Budgeting and the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing in Colorado as a budget and policy analyst.

Knapp’s research focuses on maternal and child health outcomes, vulnerable populations, and global health. She has over 15 years of experience conducting studies in partnership with state Medicaid agencies, safety net organizations, health insurance plans, and community organizations. Examples of her funded research topics include an assessment of Florida’s Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Grant; an evaluation of fertility-preservation decision making for adolescent girls with cancer; outcomes of concurrent models of pediatric palliative care; and an assessment of the quality, patient experiences, and costs of health and dental plans for children in Florida. Her global health projects also focus on maternal and child health and have been conducted in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America.

At the University of Florida, Knapp earned a PhD in economics and completed postdoctoral training in health services research. She has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, 60 government reports, and several book chapters. Her book, Pediatric Palliative Care: Global Perspectives, was published in 2012. Knapp was named a Penn State Schreyer Honors College Distinguished Faculty in 2016 and UF's Economics Faculty of the Year in 2012.
• House Committee on Energy and Commerce
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Allison Myers, PhD, MPH

Allison Myers is the co-founder and executive director of Counter Tools, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to advancing place-based public health. Launched in 2012 as a start-up in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), Counter Tools contributes data-collection and -visualization technology, training, and technical assistance to retail-focused tobacco prevention policy enactment in 18 states. The organization is developing and pilots place-based health promotion programs in the areas of alcohol, food, marijuana, and physical activity.

Prior to co-founding Counter Tools, Myers co-founded the website in 2011. offers comprehensive tools and resources for retail-focused tobacco control and prevention efforts. Myers has led research and practice activities to develop and evaluate evidence-based policy enactment, to measure relationships between retail tobacco and food outlet characteristics and health behaviors, and to explain the role of mass media messages in the policy change process. Myers spent six years as a market research and strategy consultant for health, health care, and consumer packaged goods clients and led projects ranging from the promotion of Quitline NC to young adults, to the branding of the N.C. Cancer Hospital at UNC Health Care.

Myers completed her undergraduate training at The Pennsylvania State University and spent two years as a trainer and community organizer with the Peace Corps in Gabon. She earned her MPH and PhD in health behavior from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC, where she now serves as an adjunct assistant professor.
• Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
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Karin Rhodes, MD, MS

Karin Rhodes is an emergency physician, a health services researcher, the vice president for care management design and evaluation in the Office of Population Health at Northwell Health, and professor of emergency medicine and psychiatry at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in Hempstead, New York. She was founding director of the Center for Emergency Care Policy and Research at the Perelman School of Medicine and a senior fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, where she led a health system-wide initiative to improve transitions in care and continues to have adjunct faculty appointments.

Rhodes currently works with a multidisciplinary team from the University of Pennsylvania to evaluate the use of patient video narratives and complementary pain reduction strategies to improve provider-patient informed decision-making and to prevent opioid abuse. At Northwell, she is helping to develop, evaluate, and disseminate innovations in home-based primary care, community paramedicine, health information exchanges, and telehealth to reduce hospitalization and address the complex care needs and social determinants of patients across the continuum of care.
Her research focuses on developing effective patient-centered responses to health-related social problems that impact individual and public health. Rhodes has conducted policy-oriented research in the areas of access, disparity, doctor-patient communication, domestic violence, maternal-child health, mental health, the quality of hospital discharge instructions, smoking cessation, and substance abuse. She created a linked health care and criminal justice database with colleagues in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to identify systemwide deficiencies in and opportunities to improve the emergency care of victims of domestic violence. Rhodes also has measured disparities in specialty care access for children insured by Medicaid and co-led a national research team to track the impact of Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance expansions on access to primary care in 10 states. This work has included measuring the impact of the ACA on appointment access and wait times to care and the impact of providing premium assistance to help low-income patients access private insurance.

Rhodes earned an associate’s degree in nursing at the University of Albuquerque; a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; and an MD at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago. She interned in primary care internal medicine at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. She completed a residency in emergency medicine at The University of Chicago and also completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, along with a master’s in health studies, at The University of Chicago.
• Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM-01)
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Reginald Tucker-Seeley, ScD

Reginald Tucker-Seeley is the Edward L. Schneider assistant professor of gerontology in the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California (USC). He leads the Tucker-Seeley Research Lab at USC, which conducts research focused on social determinants of health and health disparities across the life course. Prior to joining the faculty at USC, Tucker-Seeley was an assistant professor at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH).

Current research in the Tucker-Seeley Research Lab focuses on the measurement and influence of financial well-being across the cancer continuum. Tucker-Seeley received R21 and K01 grants from the National Cancer Institute to develop measures of financial well-being at two points along the cancer continuum: upon prevention and following diagnosis. He was also funded by the Academy Health/Aetna Foundation Scholars in Residence Fellowship Program to develop measures of neighborhood economic well-being.

Tucker-Seeley has a longstanding interest in the impact of health and social policy on the health of racial and ethnic minorities and across socioeconomic groups. He served for three years on the Rhode Island Commission for Health Advocacy and Equity, a legislatively mandated body charged with setting goals for health equity and preparing a biennial state health disparities report. Based on his experience on this commission, Tucker-Seeley developed a new course at HSPH called Measuring and Reporting Health Disparities, and in 2016, he received the HSPH Teaching Citation Award.

Tucker-Seeley earned his undergraduate degree in accounting from The University of Tulsa and worked in the accounting and auditing field for five years, most recently as an internal auditor at Saint Louis University. He completed an MA in human development counseling from Saint Louis University and a clinical counseling internship at Washington University’s Student Health and Counseling Service. Tucker-Seeley earned ScM and ScD degrees at HSPH and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cancer prevention and control at HSPH and DFCI.
• Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
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