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Catherine DesRochesCatherine DesRoches
Senior Researcher

Catherine DesRoches is a senior survey researcher with extensive expertise in topics related to care coordination, health information technology (HIT), and public health.

DesRoches is the project director for a national survey of primary care physicians and selected specialists that tracks their capacity to provide patient-centered coordinated care, focusing on changes in physician practice organization, care coordination, and payment as a result of health reform. She also directs a study examining the meaningful use of HIT as required by new federal health policy changes. The study examines a variety of HIT topics, such as international adoption, implementation and use of HIT to solve health care problems at the point of care, the effect of HIT on the public reporting of quality data, the state of regional health information exchanges, and HIT adoption among providers caring for vulnerable populations. In a related project, she’s providing leadership on adopting HIT quality-of-care measures.

DesRoches is also project director for a study assessing the quality of care and services delivered to Medicare beneficiaries by nurse practitioners. This study also examines how other health care professionals, including physicians, perceive nurse practitioners. She provides leadership on an evaluation assessing the impacts of three innovative care coordination plans for people with disabilities on utilization of health cost services.


Prior to joining Mathematica, DesRoches was an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, where she worked on a variety of projects related to HIT and nursing. She also held faculty positions at Vanderbilt University and the Simmons School of Social Work and served as an assistant in health policy at Massachusetts General Hospital. As a research scientist and project director at Harvard School of Public Health, she served as the principal investigator for a survey to assess public attitudes on the use of quarantine during the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and the United States as well as a project for the Centers for Disease Control to communicate with the public during public health emergencies.


She is the recipient of the 2010 Article of the Year, Professionalism in Practice, from the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation and the 2009 Excellence in Clinical Research award from Massachusetts General Hospital. Her work has been cited in major media outlets such as National Public Radio, Newsweek, the New York Times, the Washington Post, TIME Magazine, ABC News, Reuters, US News and World Report, the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, and CNN.


DesRoches holds a doctor of public health degree from Columbia University. She is widely published in peer-reviewed publications, including Health Affairs, New England Journal of Medicine, and the Journal of the American Medical Association, and also serves on their review boards. She is a member of many professional organizations, including the Committee on Women’s Careers, Massachusetts General Hospital; the Joint Committee on the Status of Women, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health; AcademyHealth; and the American Association for Public Opinion Research.

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  • Areas of Expertise
  • Key Projects
  • Professional Activities
  • Publications
  • Care coordination, health information technology (HIT), and public health
  • Surveying Physician Practices About Their Capacity to Provide Coordinated, Patient-Centered Care
  • Dissemination and Use of Health Information Technology (HIT) in the United States
  • Using Medicare Data to Assess Nurse Practitioner Care
  • Committee on Women’s Careers, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Joint Committee on the Status of Women, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Member of AcademyHealth and the American Association for Public Opinion Research