Bianca K. Frogner is a third year doctoral student in the Health Policy and Management Department at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is pursuing her degree in health economics. Her primary research interest is to better understand the difference in health spending between the United States and other industrialized countries. Ms. Frogner has been working with Dr. Gerard Anderson on an annual series published in Health Affairs to explore reasons for this difference using data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).Currently, Ms. Frogner is working with Dr. Robert Moffitt of the Economics Department to look at the economic effects of welfare reform on children and families in the United States. Prior to entering Johns Hopkins, she worked as a research assistant at the Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence at Stanford University and the Palo Alto, CA Veterans Affairs Hospital. In college, Ms. Frogner interned in Senator Edward M. Kennedy's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee office, which sparked her desire to link research with health policy. She has a B.A. in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley.