Staff

Eric Seiber

Eric Seiber, PhD
Professor
Director of the Center for HOPES
College of Public Health
Phone: 614-247-4471
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Eric Seiber is Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Evaluation Studies.  He joined the College of Public Health in 2007 and is currently a professor in the division of Health Services Management and Policy.  Dr. Seiber is an expert in the areas of health economics and health policy.  He specializes in health care financing, especially for vulnerable populations, public and private insurance markets, and cost-effectiveness analysis.

Dr. Seiber received his PhD in economics from Tulane University, specializing in the fields of health, development, and econometrics. He has extensive experience working internationally, including a Fulbright Fellowship in Bogotá, Columbia in 2014. Dr. Seiber has published his work in a range of journals, including Health Affairs, Health Services Research, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, and Social Science and Medicine.  His research sponsors and collaborators include the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Agency for International Development, state Medicaid agencies, and governments and NGOs in Latin America.

 

Pamela Salsberry

Pamela Salsberry, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor
College of Public Health
Phone: 614-292-0894
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Dr. Salsberry’s long-standing program of research is in the area of health disparities and health equity. Most of this work has been concentrated in the area of maternal-child health. The overarching question that is threaded throughout this body of work concerns the pathways and mechanisms that link social and economic disadvantage to poorer maternal and child outcomes. This work has included diverse projects, including health policy work within the Ohio Medicaid agency and the development of health screening clinics for the underserved.

 

Lauren Phelps

Lauren Phelps, MPA
Research Specialist, Center for HOPES
College of Public Health
Phone: 614-292-3609
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Lauren Phelps is a Research Specialist at the Center for HOPES. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Ohio State University and a BA degree in Political Science from Ohio Wesleyan University. Ms. Phelps also currently serves as Program Manager of the Tracking and Evaluation Program within the Ohio State University’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

Ms. Phelps has over eight years of experience as a policy analyst with the Ohio state Medicaid program, including three years in the Bureau of Managed Health Care Programs and more than five years in the area of Inter-Agency Policy Special Projects where she was responsible for disability policy development and implementation. Ms. Phelps has also worked in the private health care sector as a Government Programs Manager for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and as a Government Programs Administrator for United HealthCare of Ohio.

 

Barbara Wohlever

Barbara Wohlever
Program Coordinator
College of Public Health
Phone: 614-292-2503
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Barb serves as the program coordinator supporting both the Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP) and the Center for Health Outcomes, Policy, & Evaluation Studies (HOPES). She assists with the coordination of center projects, budgets, contract processing, event registration, service promotion communications, and reimbursement request processing. Barb previously worked as the business manager for the Statistical Consulting Service within the department of Statistics. Prior to coming onboard with OSU in 2013, Barb taught accounting courses and worked as an administrative manager in local CPA firms. She holds a BS in Business Education from Bowling Green State University.

 

Saira Nawaz

Saira Nawaz, PhD, MPH
Research Evaluator and Senior Consulting Statistician, Center for HOPES
College of Public Health
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Saira serves as the senior consulting research statistician for the Center for Health Outcomes, Policy, & Evaluation Studies (HOPES). She will provide methodological support in claims research, evaluation and cost analysis for center-specific projects. Saira previously worked as a biostatistician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and as an evaluation specialist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. She holds a BS in biochemistry from McMaster University, an MPH in outcomes research from Columbia University and a PhD in health services research from Dartmouth College.

 

Kristin Harlow

Kristin Harlow, PhD, JD, MSW
Policy Analyst and Consulting Statistician, Center for HOPES
College of Public Health
Phone: 614-292-5461
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Kristin serves as policy analyst and senior consulting research statistician for the Center for Health Outcomes, Policy, & Evaluation Studies (HOPES). She brings expertise in public policy and management, data analytics, and applied policy research to the HOPES team. Kristin previously worked as a research associate at CHRR at OSU focusing on workforce research, and as a health care attorney in private practice. She holds a BA in psychology from Oberlin College, an MSW from UNC School of Social Work, and a JD and PhD in public policy and management from The Ohio State University.

 

Wilson FigueroaWilson Figueroa, PhD
Research Associate, Center for HOPES
College of Public Health
Phone: 614-292-2583
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Wilson serves as a research associate for the Center for Health Outcomes, Policy, & Evaluation Studies (HOPES). He brings expertise in health psychology, social science research design, and data analytics to the HOPES team. Wilson previously worked as a research associate at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in the College of Medicine and Department of Extension in the College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences at OSU. He holds a BA in psychology and social behavior from UC Irvine, an MS in Experimental Psychology from Ohio University, and a PhD in Experimental Health Psychology from Ohio University.