Lauren Nicholas

Assistant Professor

Lauren Nicholas is an associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver’s School of public health and an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Nicholas is also a Faculty Research Fellow in the Survey Research Center and a Faculty Affiliate in the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. Nicholas is a health economist whose research focuses on the role of public policy in improving health care quality, health and retirement outcomes for the elderly population.  She is currently using linked survey and administrative data to study the effects of health care treatment intensity on health and non-health outcomes amongst older adults.

Nicholas received her Ph.D. in 2008 from Columbia University.  She was awarded the John Heinz award from the National Academy of Social Insurance for her dissertation, which examined the quality and cost effects of the Medicare Advantage program.  She received a master of public policy from the George Washington University.  Her work has been supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the John A. Hartford Foundation, the National Institute on Aging and the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.