Petris Staff

Director

Richard M. Scheffler, PhD [View CV, View Publications]

schefflerRichard M. Scheffler is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Health Economics and Public Policy at the School of Public Health and the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the Chair Emeritus in Healthcare Markets and Consumer Welfare endowed by the Office of the Attorney General for the State of California in 1999. In addition to directing the Petris Center, Dr. Scheffler is also the Director of the Global Center for Health Economics and Policy Research. He has been a visiting professor at the London School of Economics, Charles University in Prague, at the Department of Economics at the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and at Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain. Dr. Scheffler has been a visiting scholar at the World Bank, the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, and the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences and a consultant for the World Bank, the WHO, and the OECD. Professor Scheffler has been a Fulbright Scholar at Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago, Chile, and at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. He was awarded the Chair of Excellence Award at the Carlos III University of Madrid in 2013. In 2015, Dr. Scheffler was awarded the Gold Medal for Charles University in Prague for his longstanding and continued support of international scientific and educational collaboration. In 2018, Petris Center Director Dr. Richard M. Scheffler was awarded the Berkeley Citation, among the highest honors the campus bestows on its community presented on behalf of the Chancellor to individuals whose contributions to UC Berkeley go beyond the call of duty and whose achievements exceed the standards of excellence in their fields.

 

Staff Members

Brent D. Fulton, PhD, MBA – Associate Director [View CV]

Brent D. Fulton, Ph.D., MBA, is an Associate Professor of Health Economics and Public Policy, and Associate Director of the Nicholas C. Petris Center on Health Care Markets and Consumer Welfare, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley. His research areas include healthcare market concentration, health insurance markets (rate review regulation, risk adjustment and reinsurance), health reform (accountable care organizations), health workforce (pay for performance and task shifting), and mental health services (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder). Brent’s doctorate is in public policy analysis from Pardee RAND Graduate School and his MBA is from the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

Daniel Arnold, PhD – Research Director [View CV]

Daniel Arnold is an Assistant Research Economist and Research Director of the Nicholas C. Petris Center on Health Care Markets and Consumer Welfare in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on the impact of market power on health care prices, quality, and access as well as economy-wide wages. He has also worked on identifying the factors that contribute to the gender pay gap among physicians, forecasting future health workforce shortages, plan choice in the ACA Exchanges, and the drivers and consequences of anxiety disorder among adults. Dr. Arnold obtained his doctorate in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

 

Jamie Godwin – Graduate Student Researcher [View CV]

Jamie Godwin is a PhD Candidate in Health Policy & Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. His research interests center around healthcare industry competition, expenditures, insurance, and pricing. Jamie’s dissertation focuses on hospital and private  insurance market structure in the state of California. Prior to joining the Petris Center, Jamie worked as a graduate student researcher at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, studying pay for performance quality improvement initiatives and other delivery system reform programs. Jamie worked in healthcare consulting and electronic medical records implementation before beginning his graduate studies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

Surina Khurana – Undergraduate Research Assistant [View CV]

Surina Khurana is an undergraduate research assistant at the Nicholas C. Petris Center. Surina is a fourth-year student at the University of California, Berkeley majoring in Public Health and Economics, and is interested in issues surrounding healthcare accessibility and affordability. At the Petris Center, Surina works on research areas that include healthcare market concentration, vertical integration, and the healthcare workforce. Following graduation, Surina hopes to pursue a career in medicine and research.

 

Jordan Chiappetta – Undergraduate Research Assistant 

Jordan is an undergraduate research assistant at the Nicholas C. Petris Center. She recently completed her B.A. in economics and minors in data science, public policy, environmental economics and policy from the University of California, Berkeley. At the Petris Center, she enjoys researching the effects of market concentration and initiatives to improve quality of care. She hopes to pursue research on sustainable health and care systems after graduation.

 

Crystal Haryanto – Undergraduate Research Assistant [View CV]

Crystal Haryanto is an undergraduate research assistant at the Nicholas C. Petris Center. She is a sophomore at the University of California, Berkeley double-majoring in Economics and Cognitive Science with a minor in Public Policy. Her research interests center on health policy and market analysis as well as issues surrounding mental health reform. As part of her work at the Petris Center, Crystal engages in research areas related to health care equity and policy. Her future plans include pursuing a graduate degree in the areas of health economics, education, or public policy.

Audrey Sadra – Undergraduate Research Assistant

Audrey Sadra is an undergraduate research assistant at the Nicholas C. Petris Center and a senior at the University of California, Berkeley majoring in Public Health. She researches healthcare mergers and acquisitions’ impact on patient satisfaction and quality of care. Audrey hopes to learn more about health policy and health economics to better facilitate the “Understanding Healthcare” course that she teaches to students at Cal. After graduating, Audrey plans to pursue a dual MD/MPH degree with an emphasis in Health Policy and Management to make decisions at the individual and population level to promote equitable access to care.

Earnest Wang – Undergraduate Research Assistant

Earnest Wang is an undergraduate research assistant at the Nicholas C. Petris Center and a junior at the University of California, Berkeley majoring in Public Health and Economics. At the Petris Center, Earnest engages in research surrounding pharmaceutical drug development and private equity acquisitions of healthcare firms. He is interested in issues regarding health care accessibility, delivery, and quality. After graduating, Earnest hopes to pursue medicine and a graduate degree in healthcare management and administration.

Alyssa Birchfield – Undergraduate Research Assistant

Alyssa Birchfield is an undergraduate research assistant at the Nicholas C. Petris Center and a senior at the University of California, Berkeley. She is majoring in Economics and Public Health, minoring in Data Science, and has completed a certificate in Entrepreneurship and Technology. Her research interests center on healthcare M&A, insurance market structure, and using data to inform effective health policy. At the Petris Center, Alyssa works on projects related to antitrust policy and the effects of healthcare market concentration on the accessibility, affordability, and quality of care delivery. After graduation, Alyssa will pursue a career in healthcare strategy and hopes to eventually complete a dual MBA/MPH degree.