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IMPAQ Expands Senior Research Team

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September 03, 2014

IMPAQ International, LLC today announces four high-level additions to its research staff including Dr. Jesse Levy, Dr. Katherine Harris, Dr. Namratha Swamy and Dr. Maurice Kugler.

“As IMPAQ continues to grow, we are actively tapping the best talent to deliver high quality, industry leading research,” stated IMPAQ’s Chief Program Officer, David Baker, Ph.D. “Adding these exceptional professionals to our team will help propel IMPAQ to the next level of growth.”

IMPAQ’s Health Division welcomes Dr. Jesse Levy as a Principal Research Scientist and Drs. Katherine Harris and Namratha Swamy as Managing Directors. 

Dr. Jesse Levy has over 20 years of experience evaluating public health policies and programs at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  While at CMS, he was directly involved in the creation of a number of Medicare payment systems and oversaw the Resource-Based Relative Value Scale for Physician Services research that led to the creation of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Dr. Levy received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina. 

Dr. Katherine Harris has over 20 years of experience conducting policy analyses and program evaluations on health-related topics, focusing on the utilization, effectiveness, and cost of health and preventive care. Prior to joining IMPAQ, she was a Senior Economist in the Health Program at RAND Corporation as well as a Senior Research Fellow at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Dr. Harris received her Ph.D. in Health Services Research Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Dr. Namratha Swamy has over 15 years of experience in program evaluation, policy analysis, as well as evaluation technical assistance and training. Prior to joining IMPAQ, Dr. Swamy was the Deputy Director for Programs and Evaluation in the Community Health Systems Division of Altarum Institute. Dr. Swamy received her Ph.D. in Policy Science from the University of Maryland and a Master of Health Science from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Hygiene.

Dr. Maurice Kugler has joined IMPAQ as a Principal Research Scientist in the Labor and Human Services Division.

Dr. Maurice Kugler has over 20 years of experience in labor economics, globalization and economic development, international trade and finance, foreign direct investment, skilled migration and remittances, and international political economics. Prior to joining IMPAQ, Dr. Kugler was the Head of Research in the Human Development Report Office of United Nations Development Programme. Dr. Kugler received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and M.Sc. from the London School of Economics.

“These senior level hires deepen IMPAQ’s corporate resources and are a testament to the company’s rapidly growing capacity within our expanding client base,” said IMPAQ President, Avi Benus.

For more information on IMPAQ’s senior research staff, visit our website at http://www.impaqint.com/media-center/experts/

About IMPAQ International

IMPAQ International is a public policy research firm specializing in designing and implementing rigorous research studies and evaluations of government programs and demonstrations. IMPAQ’s mission is to provide exemplary research and consulting services to its domestic and international clients through the use of impact evaluation studies, applied research, policy analysis, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and technical assistance.

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