Amanda Reich, PhD, MPH is an investigator at the Center for Surgery and Public Health (CSPH) and Instructor at Harvard Medical School. In this role, she supports decision making and analysis from conceptualization of research questions and specific aims to data collection, analysis, and dissemination of findings. Her specific interests center on health services research, qualitative methods, and health policy; particularly issues related to end-of-life, palliative care, and health equity.
Dr. Reich completed a Master’s in Public Health at Emory University in 2005 with a concentration in behavioral sciences, and additional coursework in health policy and management. Her interest in further understanding the role of law and policy in the context of health led her to Northeastern University’s program in Law and Public Policy, where she completed a Ph.D. with a concentration area in health policy in 2013. During this time, Dr. Reich was also involved with the qualitative components of several studies, conducting interviews and focus groups and providing coding and analytical support.
Currently, Dr. Reich provides project management and research support on two major projects at CSPH. The first is an R01 National Institute of Nursing Research-funded grant exploring Advance Care Planning (ACP) among Medicare patients. She is also the Project Director for a PCORI study of implanted devices and including device identifying information on insurance claims. She works closely with co-Investigators to define interview methodology and design instruments, interview stakeholders, interpret findings and write reports. Dr. Reich has worked with a number of study teams on other projects across CSPH to assist with qualitative coding and analysis, instrument design, as well as development of qualitative aims for new research proposals.
Dr. Reich has experience teaching students at the undergraduate, graduate, and medical school levels in courses focused on health and social policy, the US healthcare system, social determinants of health, and qualitative methods.