Allison Dodd

Allison Dodd

Senior Researcher
  • Public health research
  • Epidemiology
Focus Areas
  • Health
  • Medicaid and CHIP
  • Population Health
About Allison

Allison Dodd has worked with large data sets and conducted public health research for more than a decade. An experienced project director, she manages projects effectively and communicates clearly with technical and nontechnical staff as well as clients.

Dodd has experience working with the Medicaid Analytic eXtract (MAX), a Medicaid data source created from state Medicaid Statistical Information System (MSIS) files and the primary analysis files for Medicaid research, as well as the Oral Health Initiative. As the primary quality assurance reviewer for MAX data and publications since 2011, she reviews validation and anomaly tables and ensures data are explained clearly and consistently. She has led policy-relevant research using MAX data linked to other health-related surveys, such as the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey. She also led a project to assist the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and states in accelerating progress toward Oral Health Initiative goals for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Dodd is also a trained demographer with experience leading public health policy research related to measuring and analyzing chronic disease and related behaviors at the population level, particularly in the areas of obesity, nutrition, and public health surveillance. She directed a project for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that provided timely estimates of the prevalence of childhood obesity as well as a project that produced a literature search on the Dietary Guidelines to identify knowledge gaps in the science base for children.She also serves as the quality assurance reviewer for an evaluation of the Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation (WISEWOMAN) program, which funds cardiovascular screening and lifestyle programs for uninsured and under-insured women ages 40 to 64.

Before joining Mathematica in 2005, Dodd was an epidemic intelligence service officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, assigned to the National Center for Health Statistics, researching obesity and other health issues. She has a Ph.D. in population studies from Princeton University.