Lauren H. Nicholas, PhD, MPP

Associate Professor

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office:      Fulginiti Pavilion - Room 203

Lauren Hersch Nicholas is a health economist whose research focuses on the role of public policy in improving health and healthcare quality for the elderly. Her current research combines survey, administrative, and clinical data to study the interaction between healthcare utilization and economic outcomes.  Dr. Nicholas's work uses clinical and econometric approaches to answer questions in medical and health economics, particularly for dementia, surgery and end-of-life care.

Her research has been recognized with prestigious awards including the National Academy of Social Insurance John Heinz Dissertation Award, the AcademyHealth Article-of-the-Year Award, and the HCUP Most Outstanding Article Award. 

Dr. Nicholas is an associate professor in the Division of Geriatrics at the CU Anschutz School of Medicine, part of the core faculty of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, and has a secondary appointment in the CU Denver Department of Economics.  


  • 2002 Cornell University, BA, Policy Analysis and Management
  • 2004 The George Washington University, MPP, Public Policy
  • 2008 Columbia University, PhD, Social Policy and Policy Analysis 


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