Health Services and Policy Research Group

What is the Health Services and Policy Research Group?

The Health Services and Policy Research Group in the Department of Preventive Medicine conducts research in health policy in order to better understand how to improve population health outcomes, and optimize cost and quality in the healthcare system. Our current projects include examining affordability of insurance plans under healthcare reform, studying the impact of electronic health records and patient web-portals on patient behavior and health outcomes, and analyzing the determinants of early hospital readmissions.


Teresa Waters

Teresa Waters
PhD in Economics, Vanderbilt University

Research Interests: health economics, health care financing, health policy analysis, cost analysis; financing health care for the poor and underserved, safety net providers, medical malpractice, outcomes research

Ilana Graetz

Ilana Graetz
Assistant Professor
PhD in Health Services and Policy Analysis, UC-Berkeley

Research Interests: information technology and organizational culture and their effects on clinical care, quality, and costs; and patient knowledge and behavior with respect to insurance access and benefit design

Cameron Kaplan

Cameron Kaplan
Assistant Professor
PhD in Economics, UC-Santa Barbara

Research Interests: health economics, how incentives can affect health behaviors and health status; geographic and ethic disparities in health outcomes, optimal insurance benefit design, the impact of health on education


The Health Services and Policy Research Group is currently hiring a post-doc. For more information, see our full advertisement.

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Teresa M. Waters, Ph.D.
Department of
Preventive Medicine
66 N. Pauline Street, Suite 633
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901-448-5900