Harriet L. Komisar, Ph.D., is an associate research professor at Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute. She is an economist with more than 15 years of experience researching topics related to health care and long-term care financing and policy. Since joining Georgetown in 1996, she has focused on assessing people's needs for long-term care and evaluating the capacity of current and alternative policies to address those needs. Dr. Komisar is also an adjunct professor of public policy at Georgetown's Public Policy Institute. Previously, Dr. Komisar was a principal analyst at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office where she worked on issues related to Medicare's payment policies. She received a B.A. from Yale University and a doctorate in economics from Cornell University.