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Lisa Halpern

PhD Candidate

Lisa is a PhD candidate in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University concentrating on health economics. Her research focuses on hospital medicine and health systems compensation models that increase teamwork and collaboration between hospital-based physicians and hospital management with the aim of achieving better patient care and better value (improved outcomes at less cost) in Canadian hospitals. She is interested in studying physician remuneration in a manner that takes the singular emphasis off doctors’ pay levels and examines organizational indicators of success and performance processes unique to inpatient hospital outcomes. Her research draws from economics and from scholarship on complex managerial structures and non-profit organization behaviour.

Lisa’s doctoral research is being conducted under the collaborative guidance of school faculty in health financing and budgeting and Canadian policy, and faculty in the school’s Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership program. A dual Canadian-US citizen, Lisa’s decision to pursue a doctoral program in public policy at Carleton was a result of her interdisciplinary research interests aligning with the school’s multi-disciplinary approach, and the opportunity to gain knowledge on comparative health systems and policies in Canada’s publicly funded health care system. Lisa holds a Master’s 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 Studies 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.