Lisa Halpern is a PhD student in the School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) concentrating on health economics. A dual Canadian-US citizen, Lisa’s decision to pursue doctoral studies at Carleton was due to an opportunity to gain an international perspective on comparative health systems. Lisa’s research interests are at the intersection of economics and public policy with the goal of improving health care delivery systems. Her proposed dissertation is on complex organizations, health economics and hospital management. Lisa has a Master in Public Policy (MPP) with concentrations in health policy and leadership from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in Economics and Public Policy from Duke University, graduation with distinction in both majors and Phi Beta Kappa. Her Harvard graduate work was fully funded by a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and a Harvard Kennedy Fellowship.