Learn more about the members and staff of Rutgers Center for State Health Policy. Choose from the following:
Joel C. Cantor, Distinguished Professor & Director
Joel C. Cantor (Sc.D., Johns Hopkins University) is a Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and the founding Director of the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Established 1999, the Center is a leader in health policy research and development nationally, with a special focus on informing policy in New Jersey. Dr. Cantor is published widely in the health services and policy literature on innovations in health service delivery and the regulation of private health insurance markets. He serves frequently as an advisor on health policy matters to New Jersey state government, and was the 2006 recipient of the Rutgers University President's Award for Research in Service to New Jersey. In June 2017, Dr. Cantor was appointed Interim Director of the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. The Institute is the parent unit of the Center for State Health Policy and other centers and programs addressing critical health and mental health issues. Prior to joining Rutgers in 1999, Dr. Cantor served as director of research at the United Hospital Fund of New York and director of evaluation research at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He received his doctorate in health policy and management from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health in 1988, and was elected a Fellow of AcademyHealth in 1996.
Margaret Koller, Executive Director
Margaret Koller (M.S., Rutgers University) is the Executive Director at Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, serving as the Center’s Chief Operating Officer overseeing all project development, financial, and strategic planning activities. Currently, Ms. Koller is directing the Center’s implementation of the NJ Integrated Population Health Data (iPHD) Project in New Jersey which will use linked data to inform population health research and improve the efficiency of state government programs. Ms. Koller is also the co-principal investigator for the Center’s infrastructure grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and recently collaborated with RWJF to author a report entitled Building a Culture of Health: A Policy Roadmap to Help All New Jerseyans Live Their Healthiest Lives. She also oversaw the Center’s $14 million Affordable Care Act (ACA) project portfolio funded by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), which included the State Innovation Model (SIM) Design grant to advance New Jersey’s delivery system transformation priorities. Her expertise is in the areas of health care coverage and access, and insurance regulations and she routinely represents the Center to policy and stakeholder audiences around the state. Ms. Koller received a gubernatorial appointment to the New Jersey Small Employer Health Benefits Program Board of Directors where she currently serves as the Board's Vice Chairperson. She is also an active member of Senator Joseph Vitale’s Working Group on Health Reform and sits on the Advisory Board of Rutgers Institute for Women’s Leadership. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Koller worked for Prudential HealthCare, and later Aetna, in a series of leadership roles. Prior to her experience in managed care, she served as a Congressional Aide in the New Jersey district office of Congressman Bernard Dwyer. Ms. Koller was a fellow at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University where she earned an M.S. in Public Policy.
Michael J. Yedidia, Research Professor & Senior Medical Sociologist
Michael J. Yedidia (Ph.D., Brandeis University; M.P.H., Yale University) is a Research Professor and Senior Medical Sociologist at the Center for State Health Policy. His research focuses on health professions education, prevention of childhood obesity, population health, access to care, patient perspectives on health and illness, and quality improvement. He currently leads an NIH-funded study of the determinants of childhood obesity, following a panel of low-income children in four cities over five years and assessing the impact of aspects of the food and physical activity environment on weight status. He also directs a project providing support for promoting a culture of health to 20 community coalitions in New Jersey. He has conducted numerous evaluation studies of health professions education programs including two multi-site, controlled evaluations of curricular interventions, one in undergraduate medical education (teaching communications competencies at three medical schools) and the other in graduate medical and nursing education. He was also national program director for Evaluating Innovations in Nursing Education, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s national initiative to support evaluation of interventions addressing the nurse faculty shortage. Prior to joining the faculty at Rutgers, Dr. Yedidia was a senior health services researcher at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and taught medical sociology, health policy, and research methods at the Department of Sociology and the Medical Education Program at Brown University.
Sujoy Chakravarty, Associate Research Professor & Health Economist
Sujoy Chakravarty (Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University) is an Associate Research Professor and Health Economist at the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy with primary emphasis on health economics and policy. His research examines the impact of state and federal policies relating to healthcare delivery and financing on patient access, efficiency and quality of care. He also studies hospital markets, focusing on the impact of changes in market structure, competition policy and ownership mix on provider behavior and patient care. His recent research includes identifying hospital utilization patterns that indicate gaps in patient care and how such findings may inform the implementation of the New Jersey Medicaid ACO Demonstration program; examining the effect of Medicare Part D prescription drug policy on coverage and access with focus on racial disparities in access; and assessing and evaluating care management initiatives for patients with complex conditions who have high hospital utilization. He is also leading the evaluation of the ongoing New Jersey Comprehensive Waiver Demonstration that introduces significant changes in delivery of behavioral health services, long-term services and supports, and hospital payment structure aimed at improving patient care and population health.
Jose Nova, Assistant Director of Data Management
Jose Nova (M.S., Rutgers University) is an Assistant Director of Data Management at the Center for State Health Policy. His interests include data analytics, healthcare quality, and health systems performance and improvement. He currently provides data management, statistical analysis, documentation, and support for a number of ongoing projects, including creating an analytic data infrastructure for Medicaid claims and encounter data which is utilized in many projects in the Center’s portfolio. He has been a key collaborator on all projects that involve linkage of Medicaid data to other databases, including the New Jersey State Cancer Registry, Housing Management Information System, and others. Jose has an extensive background in healthcare administrative data management, including building a database for comparative effectiveness research that bridges prehospital and hospital care using electronic patient care records for prehospital EMS transports in New Jersey. His other contributions include data aggregation and analysis of a number of state-wide health assessment surveys, hospital uniform billing data, New Jersey State Physician Census, New Jersey HMO Report Cards, as well as other general and technical support. Prior to joining CSHP, Jose was an assistant lab supervisor for Rutgers University Computing Services.
Frank J. Thompson, Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs & Faculty Director, Newark
Frank J. Thompson (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers-Newark and at the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy in New Brunswick. Professor Thompson has served as a fellow with the U.S. Public Health Service and published extensively on issues of health policy and implementation. He has especially focused on issues of federalism and health policy, participating in multiple funded projects related to this subject while affiliated with the Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany, New York. In 2008, Professor Thompson received a Robert Wood Johnson Investigator Award to study the evolution of Medicaid policy during the Clinton, G.W. Bush, and Obama administrations. This research has led to several publications in scholarly journals and culminated in a book, Medicaid Politics: Federalism, Policy Durability, and Health Reform with Georgetown University (2012). The book assesses the policy and political dynamics that fueled the dramatic expansion of Medicaid and established it as a key pillar of the Affordable Care Act. The role of Medicaid waivers as a catalyst for change receives particular attention. Thompson received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Chicago. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Thomas I. Mackie, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Systems & Policy, Rutgers School of Public Health
Thomas I. Mackie (Joint-Ph.D., Sociology and Social Policy, Graduate School of Arts and Science and Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Systems and Policy, School of Public Health, Rutgers University. Dr. Mackie’s research leverages interdisciplinary and mixed methods to bring new evidence to address policy and practice dilemmas for children and adolescents. His research involves the examination of natural experiments (both policy and practice innovations) across the health, mental health, and public health sectors. Specific areas of inquiry include investigations of the implementation and impact of federal and state policies, guidelines, and evidence-based practices on service use and patient-centered outcomes. His current research portfolio employs mixed methods to examine the comparative effectiveness and implementation of innovations in an array of policy and practice arenas, including pediatric mental and behavioral health services, systems of care, and psychotropic medication use. Having been invited to present at regional, state, and national child welfare conferences, Dr. Mackie routinely translates his research evidence to policymakers and practitioners responsible for mental health oversight among children involved in public sector systems. His research has been published in a variety of peer reviewed journals, such as Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, Social Science and Medicine, Children and Youth Services Review, and Journal of Clinical Lipidology.
Jennifer Tsui, Assistant Professor, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Department of Population Science
Jennifer Tsui, Ph.D., M.P.H., is Assistant Professor at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Department of Population Science. Her research focuses on disparities in cancer care delivery and cancer outcomes, particularly among racial/ethnic minority and low-income populations. Dr. Tsui was recently awarded a 5-year (2017–2022) Mentored Research Scholar Grant in Applied and Clinical Research from the American Cancer Society to investigate health care organizational and delivery factors that impact care transitions for underserved cancer patients. Using a mixed method study design, and with mentorship from Drs. Benjamin Crabtree (RWJMS) and Joel Cantor (IHHCPAR), the study focuses on factors at the health system, provider/practice, and individual levels that affect cancer care for breast and colorectal cancer patients with Medicaid coverage. Dr. Tsui’s other recent work utlizes cancer registry information, population-based surveys, geographic/spatial data, and other Medicare and insurance claims to understand multilevel influences on patterns of care and care quality for cancer patients. Through her multidisciplinary research, she regularly collaborates with investigators at the New Jersey State Cancer Registry, Rutgers School of Public Health, Rutgers School of Nursing and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She has experience working in cancer prevention and control at the local, national, and international levels, including at the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Much of her prior research focused on HPV vaccine introduction and barriers to uptake in low-income minority communities as well as disparities in cancer screening in racial/ethnic minority populations. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Columbia University NCI-funded T32/R25 Cancer Training Program (2014), a Ph.D. in Health Policy & Management from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health (2012), and an M.P.H. in Epidemiology from Columbia University (2005).
David M. Frankford, Professor of Law & Faculty Director, Camden
David M. Frankford (J.D., University of Chicago) is Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School; Professor at the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research in New Brunswick; and Faculty Director at Camden of the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy. He has been a long-time editor of Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, having served as book review and associate editor, the editor of “Behind the Jargon,” a Special Section, and now a member of the Board of Editors. Professor Frankford’s writings have focused on the interactions between health services research, health care politics and policy, and the institutions of professions and professionalism. His works include studies of state rate setting, hospital reimbursement, the regulation of fee splitting, the debates concerning privatization and national health insurance, the ideology of professionalism, the role of professionalism in medical education, the role of scientism and economism in health policy, issues of insurance coverage, and numerous other issues in health care financing. With Sara Rosenbaum, he is the author of the second edition of Law and the American Health Care System. Currently his primary research interests concern the reconstitution of professionalism as the normative integration of professions and community, and the comparison of secular and religious bioethics regarding such issues as the new genetics.