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Tricia Johnson, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Health Systems Management
Director, Center for Health Mangement and Policy Research
BS Coe College, Cedar Rapids
MA University of Iowa, Iowa City
PhD Arizona State University, Tempe

Tricia J. Johnson, PhD, is associate professor and health economist in the Department of Health Systems Management and the Department of Women, Children and Family Nursing at Rush University in Chicago, USA. Dr. Johnson’s research interests focus on understanding the underlying drivers of healthcare costs and quality from an economic perspective. She has a particular interest in identifying novel, low-cost strategies that improve value by improving health outcomes and/or reducing long-term healthcare costs. She is the principal investigator of a study to determine the cost effectiveness of human milk feedings received during the neonatal intensive care unit hospitalization on neurodevelopmental outcomes and chronic illnesses through childhood. She is co-investigator of a National Institutes of Health-funded study to examine the health outcomes and cost of human milk feedings for very low birth weight infants. Dr. Johnson was a 2008–2009 Fulbright Scholar in Austria, where she worked with faculty in the Institute for Social Policy at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Dr. Johnson earned her BA in economics and business administration from Coe College, MA in hospital and health administration from The University of Iowa, and MS and PhD in economics from Arizona State University.