Mathematica to Open New Office in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Contact: Cheryl Pedersen, (609) 275-2258
PRINCETON, N.J. (September 13, 2007)—Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., one of the nation's premier social policy research firms, announces the opening of an office in Ann Arbor, Michigan, scheduled for January 2008. This new endeavor enhances the company's breadth and capacity to develop multidisciplinary, integrated, and rigorous solutions to some of today's most pressing social issues. It also offers exciting opportunities to collaborate with experts at the University of Michigan and in the broader Ann Arbor community, and great potential in combining Mathematica's applied policy research focus with the university's academic depth. The office will initially focus on health services research and then expand to encompass the full range of Mathematica's research and survey capabilities.
Catherine McLaughlin, currently a professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan, will direct the Ann Arbor office, and will hold the title of Mathematica senior fellow. A nationally recognized expert in managed care, market competition, and employer and employee benefit choice, she is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and the Institute of Medicine, a member of the Council of Health Care Economics and Policy and the Health Research and Educational Trust Board of Trustees, and serves on the editorial board of the journal Health Services Research . She directs the Economic Research Initiative on the Uninsured (ERIU), a seven-year initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to initiate and disseminate research to spark new policy discussions of health coverage issues. She has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin.
Mary Harrington, a former senior researcher at Mathematica, will be returning as an associate director of health research. She is completing a Ph.D. in health services organization and policy from the University of Michigan, and served as assistant director of ERIU. Her work has focused on Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program, coverage for the uninsured, and maternal and child health.
“Mathematica is experiencing a period of dynamic growth, and the new office will add new capabilities and accomplished staff to increase our policy contributions,” said Paul Decker, president of Mathematica. “This and other recent developments continue our tradition of collaborating across disciplines, bringing the best analytical and methodological tools to bear on issues of public importance, and developing integrated responses.”
Mathematica®, a nonpartisan firm, conducts policy research and surveys for federal and state governments, foundations, and private-sector clients. The employee-owned company, with offices in Princeton, N.J., Washington, D.C., and Cambridge, Mass., strives to improve public well-being by bringing the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and excellence to bear on the provision of information collection and analysis to its clients.