MSHP Leadership

Co-Directors

Judy A. Shea, Ph.D

Judy A. Shea, Ph.D

Judy A. Shea, Ph.D. is Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. From 2013-2015 she was Interim Chief, General Internal Medicine, Associate Dean of Medical Education Research and Director of the Office of Evaluation and Assessment in the Academic Programs Office, School of Medicine. She serves duals roles, working with faculty and fellows to design and evaluate research projects, and directing the evaluation of the medical school curriculum and faculty. Much of her work focuses on evaluating the psychometric properties of curriculum evaluation tools and developing measures to assess components of health such as health literacy, patient satisfaction and health-related quality of life. She has methodological expertise with multiple qualitative methods including focus groups and interviews. In addition she is experienced with chart reviews, validity assessments, meta-analyses, outcome assessment, instrument development, and survey research. She teaches and mentors trainees regularly on methodology and measurement principles. Majors themes to her work include assessment of medical education outcomes, health disparities and quality of life assessment. She has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, many with junior colleagues. Read more about Dr. Shea here.


Rachel Werner, MD, PhD

Rachel Werner, MD, PhD

Rachel Werner, MD, PhD is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Care Management in the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She trained in internal medicine at Penn and received her PhD in health economics from the Wharton School. Dr. Werner’s research seeks to understand the effect of health care policies and delivery systems on quality of care. In particular, she has examined the role of provider payment and financial incentives on provider behavior, the organization of health care, racial disparities, and overall health care quality. Her work has empirically investigated numerous unintended consequences to quality improvement incentives and was among the first to recognize that public reporting of quality information may worsen racial disparities. In addition to her research, Dr. Werner is a practicing primary care internist at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Read more about Dr. Werner here.


Executive Committee

Frances Barg, PhD, MEd

Frances Barg, PhD, MEd

Frances K. Barg, PhD, MEd is a member of the UPenn PRC Internal Advisory Board and Principal Investigator on the Philadelphia Health Leadership Institute. Dr. Barg is a medical anthropologist and an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, a senior fellow in the Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences. She is a collaborator for mixed methods and qualitative research with interdisciplinary research teams across six schools at the University of Pennsylvania.Dr. Barg is currently the co-director for the Mixed Methods Research Lab in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and was the Director of the Qualitative Research Unit for the Advanced Center for Interventions and Services Research at Penn. In this role, she led a cadre of investigators who incorporated qualitative and mixed methods into their work on adherence to treatment and understanding patient treatment choices for anti-depressants vs. psychotherapy. She serves on the editorial board for The Journal of Mixed Methods Research and is a frequent reviewer for journals that publish qualitative health research.


David Grande, MD, MPA

David Grande, MD, MPA

David Grande, MD, MPA is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. He received his MD at the Ohio State University and trained in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a Masters in Public Affairs (MPA) at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and was a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Grande’s work seeks to understand the role of medical professionalism in advancing societal public health goals. He also studies health care for vulnerable populations with an emphasis on identifying and overcoming barriers.


Daniel E. Polsky, PhD, MPP

Daniel E. Polsky, PhD, MPP

Daniel E. Polsky, PhD, MPP is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine, an Associate Professor of Health Care Systems in the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently serving as the Director of Research at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. In 2007-08 he was the Senior Economist on health issues at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in May 1996 and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan in 1989. He was awarded the Samuel Martin Health Evaluation Sciences Research Award in 2005. His research areas include health insurance and financial access to health care, economic evaluation of medical and behavioral health interventions, and the health care workforce.


Therese Richmond, PhD, FAAN

Therese Richmond, PhD, FAAN

Therese Richmond, PhD, FAAN is the Andrea B. Laporte Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Research and Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and a Professor of Nursing in Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine. She is passionate about using nursing science to prevent injury and violence and improve outcomes, particularly in patients from vulnerable urban populations worldwide – those who live on the margins of society, have limited resources, or live in pervasively violent communities. An early clinical position in a Washington, DC, trauma ICU and resuscitation unit sparked Dr. Richmond’s interest in preventing injuries, and her curiosity about survivors’ quality of life. This experience led to specialization in nursing care for victims of injury and violence, including co-founding the Firearm & Injury Center at Penn two decades ago and which now is a vibrant interdisciplinary research center:  the Penn Injury Science Center.