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CHRISTINA A. NGUYEN is a Ph.D. student in the Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management (TIES) group at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and Presidential Fellow. She is also Senior Research Analyst in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and an elected class leader for the Harvard Alumni Association. 

Christina previously worked at the White House National Economic Council in the Obama Administration, the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. Her research has appeared in JAMA Internal Medicine, JAMA Network Open, and Health Services Research. She has given over 20 presentations, including 14 at the annual research meetings of AcademyHealth and the Eastern Sociological Society, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Her research has included the development and application of statistical methodology for assessing quality of care and the structure of health care delivery systems in the US (low-income populations, oncology care/workforce, and academic health systems). She has developed and deployed complex multi-step statistical models and machine learning algorithms using large commercial claims, user-generated databases, quality performance data, and national survey responses in Stata, Python, and R. She also has experience in web scraping, simulation, data mining, and robotics. 

Christina is also a recipient of the Cordeiro Research Fellowship, Harvard College Research Program Grant, David Rockefeller International Experience Grant, Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Scholarship, and Center on American Political Studies Research Fellowship. She was presented the Quincy House Coat of Arms for stand-out character and leadership to the community, and led a team to the semifinals of the Harvard Business School New Venture Competition for a venture helping providers transition from paper to electronic medical records in developing countries.

Christina holds an A.B. with highest honors (and summa cum laude empirical thesis) from Harvard College, a graduate certificate in Data Science, and an honors certificate from Harvard Business School. She completed her Cordeiro Fellowship in Health Policy at the University of Cambridge.

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PUBLICATIONS

  1. Nguyen CA, Chernew ME, Ostrer I, Beaulieu ND. Comparison of Healthcare Delivery Systems in Low- and High-income CommunitiesThe American Journal of Accountable Care. 2019; 7(4):11-18.
    • Lead article
  2. Gilstrap LG, Chernew ME, Nguyen CA, Alam S, Bai B, McWilliams JM, Landon BE, Landrum MB. Association Between Clinical Practice Group Adherence to Quality Measures and Adverse Outcomes Among Adult Patients with DiabetesJAMA Network Open. 2019; 2(8):e199139.
  3. Nguyen CA, Gilstrap LG, Chernew ME, McWilliams JM, Landon BE, Landrum MB. Social Risk Adjustment of Quality Measures for Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease in a Commercially-Insured US PopulationJAMA Network Open. 2019; 2(3):e190838.
  4. Landrum MB, Nguyen C, O’Rourke E, Jung M, Amin T, Chernew M. Measurement Systems: A Framework for Next Generation Measurement of Quality in Health CareNational Quality Forum. White Paper. 2019.
  5. McDowell A, Nguyen CA, Chernew ME, Tran KN, McWilliams JM, Landon BE, Landrum MB. Comparison of Approaches for Aggregating Quality Measures in Population-based Payment ModelsHealth Services Research. 2018; 53(6):4477-4490.
  6. Auriemma CL, Chen L, Olorunnisola M, Delman A, Nguyen CA, Cooney E, Gabler NB, Halpern SD. Public opinion regarding financial incentives to engage in advance care planning and complete advance directivesAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care. 2017; 34(8):721-728.
  7. Nguyen CA. The Importance of Country of Origin for Health Service Utilization Among Immigrants in the United StatesThe Harvard Undergraduate Research Journal. 2014 Fall; 7(2):24-31.
    • Only peer-reviewed journal of undergraduate research at Harvard College.
  8. Nguyen CA, Shih JA, Lin KV, Aladesanmi OA. Targeting National Emergency Department Overuse: A Case for Primary Care, Financial Incentives, and Community AwarenessHarvard Health Policy Review. 2014 Fall; 14(1):23-26.
  9. Auriemma CL, Nguyen CA, Bronheim R, Kent S, Nadigu S, Pardo D, Halpern SD. Stability of End-of-Life Preferences: A Systematic Review of the Evidence. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2014; 174(7):1085-1092.

UNDER REVIEW

  1. Nguyen CA, Gilstrap LG, Chernew ME, McWilliams JM, Landon BE, Landrum MB. Improving Quality Assessment: Identifying Low-Quality Physician Groups Based on Poor Performance across Multiple Domains in Multiple Years. Revise and resubmit.

WORKING PAPERS

  1. Nguyen CA, Beaulieu ND, Wright A, Keating NL, Landrum MB. Cancer Care Delivery Systems.
  2. Nguyen CA, Beaulieu ND, Ghosh K, Keating NL, Chernew ME, Cutler D, Landrum MB, Wright AA. Variation in End-of-Life Measures for Cancer in Health Care Systems.
  3. Nguyen CA, Chernew ME, McWilliams JM, Landon BE, Landrum MB. Can machine learning reduce the burden of health care quality measurement?

OTHER WRITING

  1. Nguyen CThe Translation of Research into Policy: Sharing Experiences Between Experts in Both FieldsSUMR Blog, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. 2013.

THESIS

  1. Nguyen CA (Advisor: Jason Beckfield). Beyond Racial Classifications: The Importance of Country of Origin for Health Services Utilization among Immigrants to the U.S. Honors Senior Thesis—Harvard College, Dept of Sociology and Global Health and Health Policy. 2015 Fall; 1-134.

PRESENTATIONS

  1. Nguyen CA, Chernew ME, McWilliams JM, Landon BE, Landrom MB. Can Machine Learning Reduce the Burden of Health Care Quality Measurement?
    Oral presentation at International Conference on Health Policy Statistics, San Diego, CA, January 2020.
  2. Nguyen CA, Beaulieu N, Ghosh K, Keating NL, Chernew M, Cutler D, Landrum MB, Wright A. Variation, Persistence, and Consistency of End-of-Life Measures for Cancer Care in Health Care Systems.
    Poster presentation at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Washington, DC, June 2019.
  3. Nguyen CA, Chernew ME, McWilliams JM, Landon BE, Landrum MB. Can Machine Learning Reduce the Burden of Health Care Quality Measurement? 
    Poster presentation at Women in Data Science Conference, Cambridge, MA, March 2019.
  4. Nguyen CA, Beaulieu ND, Wright AA, Keating NL, Landrum MB. Oncology Care Delivery Systems. 
    Poster presentation at Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Celebration of Early Career Investigators in Cancer Research, Boston, MA, Dec 2018.
  5. Nguyen CA, Gilstrap LG, Chernew ME, McWilliams JM, Landon BE, Landrum MB. Effects of Social Risk Adjustment on Quality Measures in a Commercial Population.
    Poster presentation at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Seattle, WA, June 2018.
    • Selected by AcademyHealth and The Commonwealth Fund as most significant and thought-provoking for poster walk.
  6. Nguyen CA, Chernew ME, Ostrer I, Beaulieu NB. Comparison of Health Care Delivery Systems in Lower- and Higher-Income Communities.
    Poster presentation at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Seattle, WA, June 2018.
  7. Gilstrap LG, Chernew ME, Alam S, Bai B, Nguyen CA, Landrum, MB. Predictors of New Statin Initiation after the 2013 Cholesterol Guidelines.
    Oral presentation at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Seattle, WA, June 2018.
  8. Nguyen CA, Chernew ME, McWilliams JM, Landon BE, Landrum MB. A Machine Learning Approach to Identifying Low-Quality Accountable Care Organizations. 
    Oral presentation at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Seattle, WA, June 2018.
  9. Nguyen CA, Beaulieu ND, Wright A, Keating NL, Landrum MB. The Organization of Oncologists in the United States. 
    Poster presentation at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, New Orleans, LA, June 2017.
  10. Nguyen CA, Gilstrap LG, McWilliams JM, Chernew ME, Landon BE, Landrum MB. Identifying Low-Quality Accountable Care Organizations. 
    Poster presentation at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, New Orleans, LA, June 2017.
  11. Nguyen CA. Engagement of Patients in E-Health and Health IT: Determinants of Patient Use of E-mail for Health Care Communication. 
    Poster presentation at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Boston, MA, June 2016.
  12. Nguyen CA. Beyond Racial Classifications: The Importance of Country of Origin for Health Care Utilization Among Immigrants to the U.S. 
    Oral presentation at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Boston, MA, June 2016.
  13. Nguyen CA. Protecting CEO Compensation During the Great Recession: the Role of Revolving Door Lobbyists.
    Roundtable presentation at Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, New York, NY, Feb 2015.
  14. Nguyen CA. Using E-Health to Improve Patient-Physician Relationships: Who Uses E-Mail?
    Poster presentation at Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, New York, NY, Feb 2015.
  15. Nguyen CA. The Importance of Country of Origin for Health Service Utilization Among Immigrants to the United States.
    Oral presentation at Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, New York, NY, Feb 2015.

Invited Presentations

  1. Nguyen CA, Chernew ME, Ostrer I, Beaulieu NB. Health Care Delivery Systems in Lower- and Higher-Income Communities. 
    Oral presentation at SUMR 20th Anniversary Conference, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, Philadelphia, PA, July 2019.
  2. Nguyen CA. Web Scraping with Python: Mapping Academic Health Systems.
    Oral presentation at Harvard Medical School’s Health Care Policy Coder’s Corner, Boston, MA, Jan 2019.
  3. Nguyen CA, Beaulieu ND, Wright AA, Keating NL, Landrum MB. Oncology Care Delivery Systems.
    Oral presentation at National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA, Sept 2018.
  4. Nguyen CA, Beaulieu ND, Wright AA, Keating NL, Landrum MB. Oncology Care Delivery Systems. 
    Oral presentation at Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Comparative Health System Performance Initiative Annual Workshop, Rockville, MD, Sept 2018. 
    • Coverage: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. “Third Annual Workshop of the Comparative Health System Performance Initiative.” AHRQ Issue Brief. 2018.
  5. Nguyen CA. Using E-Health to Improve Patient-Physician Relationships: Who Uses E-Mail? 
    Oral presentation at Cordeiro Fellows Symposium, Cambridge, MA, March 2015.
  6. Nguyen CA. Protecting CEO Compensation During the Great Recession: the Role of Revolving Door Lobbyists. 
    Oral presentation at Undergraduate Research Expo, Boston, MA, Sept 2014.
  7. Nguyen CA. Determinants and Outcomes of Genetic Testing in Cancer Treatment. 
    Oral presentation at Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, Philadelphia, PA, August 2013.
  8. Nguyen CA. Advance Directives in End-of-Life Decision Making. 
    Oral presentation at Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, Philadelphia, PA, August 2013.

Co-Author Presentations

  1. Gilstrap L (presenter), Chernew M, Nguyen C, Alam S, Bai B, Landrum MB. Trends in Statin Use and Adherence and the Impact of the 2013 Cholesterol Guidelines.
    Oral presentation at Quality of Care and Outcomes Scientific Sessions (American Heart Association), Arlington, VA, April 2018.
  2. Gilstrap LG (presenter), Chernew ME, Bai B, Alam S, Nguyen CA, McWilliams JM, Landon BE, Landrum MB. An Evaluation of Current Process Measures for Quality Measurement in Diabetes. 
    Poster presentation at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, New Orleans, LA, June 2017.
  3. Auriemma CL (presenter), Nguyen CA, Delman A, Cooney E, Gabler NB, Halpern SD. Aging, Long Term Care, and End-of-Life Public Support for Financial Incentives for Physicians and Patients for Several Different Health Behaviors. 
    Poster presentation at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, San Diego, CA, June 2014.
  4. Auriemma CL (presenter), Nguyen CA, Bronheim R, Kent S, Nadigu S, Pardo D, Halpern SD. Stability of End-of-Life Preferences: A Systematic Review of the Evidence. 
    Poster presentation at American Thoracic Society International Conference, San Diego, CA, May 2014.