Deborah Freund, MA, MPH, PhD

Quintiles Senior Fellow, USC Schaeffer Center
University Professor, Economic Sciences, School of Social Sciences and Evaluation, Claremont Graduate University

Deborah Freund, MA, MPH, PhD's Bio

Deborah Freund, MA, MPH, PhD, is University Professor in Economic Sciences at the School of Social Sciences and Evaluation at Claremont Graduate University. She was previously president of Claremont Graduate University; the O’Neill-Alcoa Chair of Policy Analysis at RAND Corporation; provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs and Distinguished Professor of Public Administration and Economics at Syracuse University; and vice chancellor for academic affairs, dean of the faculties, and professor of public affairs, economics and medicine at Indiana University.

Her research focuses on value-based reimbursement, Medicaid managed care, health disparities, consolidation in healthcare and integrated health plans. She wrote the Australian guidelines on pharmacoeconomics — legislation that determines national drug prices through cost-effectiveness analysis and setting a reference price — which have spread around the world. She was on the team that designed the Medical Care Expenditures Panel Survey and was principal investigator of the team that created the Fair Health Database.

She has served on the editorial boards of 10 journals and publishers and on numerous boards, including for Cedars-Sinai Health System, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, San Antonio Regional Hospital, and the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review.

Freund has received the Kershaw Prize from the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management, the J. S. Drotman Award from the American Public Health and the Board of Trustees Award from the American Hospital Association. She has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, and consulted for the Congressional Budget Office.

She received an MA in applied economics, a master of public health in medical care administration and PhD in economics from the University of Michigan.

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