Lauren Hersch Nicholas, Ph.D., is a health economist whose research focuses on the role of public policy in improving health care quality, physical and mental health for the elderly. Dr. Nicholas is an assistant professor of Health Policy and Management and of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and School of Medicine. Her current research combines survey, administrative, and clinical data to study the interaction between health care utilization, health, and economic outcomes. She has received several awards for her research including the National Academy of Social Insurance John Heinz Dissertation Award, the AcademyHealth Article-of-the-Year Award, and the HCUP Most Outstanding Article Award. Dr. Nicholas earned her master of public policy degree from the School of Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University, her doctorate from Columbia University, and was a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan.