Rebecca  Myerson

Rebecca Myerson, MPH, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical and Health Economics

Pharmaceutical and Health EconomicsCurriculum Vitae

Research Topics

  1. Policy evaluation
  2. Health economics
  3. Chronic conditions
  4. Global health

Contact Information


PhD in Public Policy, University of Chicago, 2016
MPH, University of Washington, 2011
BA, Harvard, 2007

Rebecca Myerson

Research Interest

Myerson's research aims to quantify the impacts of policies on incidence and management of chronic disease, with a focus on vulnerable populations. Specific projects have analyzed the role of nutrition policy, health insurance eligibility policy, information interventions, and income transfer programs in shaping these outcomes. New work will focus on the impact of a diabetes prevention lifestyle intervention during middle age on disparities in healthy life span. Her research has been funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and featured in outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and the NBC Nightly News. In 2018, Myerson received the ISPOR Award for Excellence in Application of Pharmacoeconomics and Health Outcomes Research.


Myerson holds a doctorate in public policy from the University of Chicago with a concentration in applied econometrics, as well as a master in public health from the University of Washington and a bachelor's in psychology from Harvard. Prior to graduate school, she worked at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and conducted research in China as a Fulbright scholar.

Selected Projects/Publications

Myerson R, Lu T, Tonnu-Mihara I, Huang E. "Medicaid eligibility expansions may address gaps in access to diabetes medications." Health Affairs, 2018; 37(8) 1200-1207. -Link

Myerson R, Colantonio L, Safford M, Huang E. "Does identification of previously undiagnosed conditions change care seeking behavior?" Health Services Research, 2018; 53(3): 1517-1538. -Link

Brandt E, Myerson R, Coca Perraillon M, Polonksy T. "Cardiovascular event admissions before and after trans fat restrictions in New York." JAMA Cardiology, 2017; 2(6): 627-634. PubMed -Link

Myerson R, Laiteerapong N. "The Affordable Care Act and diabetes diagnosis and care: Exploring the potential impacts." Current Diabetes Reports, 2016; 16(4): 27. PubMed -Link

Olives C, Myerson R, Mokdad A, Murray CJL, Lim S. "Prevalence, awareness, treatment and control of hypertension in United States counties, 2001-2009." PLoS One, 2013; 8(4). PubMed -Link

Myerson R, Makela SM, Chandrasekhar C, Mathew S, Chakraborty S. "Determinants of condom uptake among HIV voluntary counselling and testing clients: experiences from a hospital-based study in south India." BMC Health Services Research, 2012; 12(13). PubMed -Link

Myerson R, Hou YB, Tang HZ, Cheng Y, Wang Y, Ye ZX. "Home and away: Chinese migrant workers between two worlds." The Sociological Review, 2010; 58(1): 26-44. -Link

Birnbaum J, Cowling K, Foreman K, Fullman N, Gubbins P, Levin-Rector A, Makela S, Marcus J, Myerson R, Schneider M. "Skeptical optimism: a new take on global health data." The Lancet, 2009; 374(9703): 1730-1731. PubMed -Link