Jessica Laird

Jessica Laird

Researcher
Expertise
  • Causal inference
  • Quasi-experimental methods
  • Statistical techniques
Focus Areas
  • Health
  • Delivery System Reforms
  • Disability
  • Education and Training
About Jessica

Jessica Laird is a health researcher with expertise in quasi-experimental methods, matching, and instrumentation. She has experience working with large administrative data sets to evaluate health and labor market interactions and the impacts of doctors and hospitals on individual health behaviors and outcomes.

Laird is currently leading the synthesis analysis for the Evaluation of Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), an initiative that aims to increase access to and improve the quality and efficiency of primary care. The synthesis analysis estimates the factors that relate to greater success in transforming primary care and achieving improved cost, quality, and service use in some CPC+ practices relative to others. Laird is also a state liaison for an evaluation of the Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network demonstration. The demonstration is testing promising early intervention approaches to improve the labor force participation and retention of individuals with recently acquired injuries and disabilities. In her role, Laird is working with states to support technical assistance, the evaluability assessment, and process evaluation activities. Her other project work includes evaluation of the impacts of the Dental Transformation Initiative in California.

Laird, who joined Mathematica in 2017, holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

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