Yael Harris, Ph.D.

Senior Health Services Researcher @ Mathematica Policy Research

Yael Harris’s research focuses on supporting health care quality improvement, quality measurement, access, and the use of health information technology. At Mathematica, she leads projects related to quality measurement, including development and testing of new hospital-based measures and alignment of Medicaid program measures. She also authors white papers and reports detailing the role of health care data in transforming the delivery of health care.

Harris brings technical and leadership experience from her years of working at various agencies throughout the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As director of the Division of Health Care Quality in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, she oversaw cross-federal coordination among the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Defense, Veterans Affairs, Labor, and Justice to improve patients’ safety and health care outcomes. While at the Health Resources and Services Administration, Harris established and oversaw the Office of Health Information Technology & Quality. She served as a senior technical advisor and the director of evaluation for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and began her federal career at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where she managed national quality measurement and improvement efforts within post-acute care provider settings.

Harris’s work has been published in numerous journals, including the Journal of Healthcare for the Poor & Underserved, Medical Care Research and Review, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Gerontologist, and the Joint Commission Journal of Quality. She holds a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Maryland and a master’s in public health from the Johns Hopkins University.