Deborah Freund, MA, MPH, PhD
Deborah Freund is University Professor in Economic Sciences in The School of Social Sciences and Evaluation at Claremont Graduate University. In the past, she served as The O’Neill-Alcoa Chair of Policy Analysis at The RAND Corporation, The President of Claremont Graduate University, The Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Distinguished Professor of Public Administration and Economics at Syracuse University, and The Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculties and Professor of Public Affairs, Economics and Medicine at Indiana University. She began her academic career as an assistant and associate Professor in the Departments of Health Policy and Administration at The Gillings School of Global Public Health and Department of Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is known for her research and evaluation of Medicaid Managed Care, The Outcomes and Costs of Total Knee Replacement and Pharmacoeconomics—having written the Australian Guidelines, legislation wherein national drug prices are determined through cost effectiveness analysis and setting a reference price, a practice that has spread across the world. She was on the team that designed MEPS, the Medical Care Expenditures Panel Survey and was the principal investigator of the team that created the Fair Health Database.
Deborah Freund is the author of over 100 refereed articles and chapters, two books and has been on the editorial board of 10 journals and publishers. Her current interests are in value based reimbursement, Medicaid Managed Care, Health Disparities, Consolidation in Healthcare and Integrated Health Plans. Freund is the recipient of the Kershaw Prize given to the young scholar under 40 by the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management, the J.S. Drotman Award from the American Public Health Association that recognizes the individual younger than 30 who has challenged public health in a creative manner, and the Board of Trustees Award from the American Hospital Association. Freund has testified for the House Ways and Means Committee, The Senate Finance Committee, and consulted for the CBO.
Her current board service includes Cedars Sinai Health System, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, The San Antonio Regional Hospital and the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER). Her previous board service included Excellus Blue Cross and Blue Shield, MedAmerica, Academy Health and Tuition Plan. She serves on many advisory boards including Duke University Evaluation Hub, The Catalyst for Health Reform, and The Dean’s Advisory Board for the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. She served as Chair of the Board of Health Research and Education Trust and The Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). Freund was elected to The National Academy of Social Insurance in 2003.
Deborah Freund received her MA in Applied Economics, MPH in Medical Care Administration and PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan.