Ann S.M. Harada, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Managing Director, Schaeffer Center
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Ann Harada is the Managing Director of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics at USC where she is responsible for Center operations and management, strategic planning, administrative leadership, and strategic alliance/partnership building to further the Center’s mission.
Dr. Harada previously held positions as Vice President of Clinical Analytics and Outcomes Research at OptumRx, a pharmacy and medical management company of UnitedHealth Group, Director of Research at Cedars-Sinai/Zynx Health Inc., researcher at the USC Department of Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy in the School of Pharmacy, and Director of Research for The Straub Foundation, a non-profit clinical research and education organization in Hawaii.
With more than 25 years of research experience in government, non-profit, academia, consulting/pharmaceutical industry, and managed care, Dr. Harada's interests have focused on health services research, health policy analysis, risk assessment, predictive modeling, quality-of-life assessment, decision analytic cost-effectiveness modeling, and methodological research. Dr. Harada has authored 35+ scientific manuscripts and presented numerous abstracts at scientific meetings.
Dr. Harada received her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences in the dual disciplines of biostatistics and epidemiology, an M.P.H in biostatistics, and a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Hawaii.