Jeffrey Wasserman


Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at the Pardee RAND Graduate School;
Senior Policy Researcher at RAND Corporation


Jeffrey Wasserman, Ph.D., is Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and a Senior Policy Researcher at RAND. Dr. Wasserman has over 25 years of experience directing large and complex health services research projects in the areas of public health preparedness, health care financing, and health promotion and disease prevention. He currently serves as Principal Investigator on an HHS/ASPR-funded project to develop a national health security strategy, as is co-Principal Investigator on projects related to public health entrepreneurship and the relationship between law and public health emergency preparedness. Additionally, Dr. Wasserman was co-Principal Investigator on RAND's Comprehensive Assessment of Reform Efforts (COMPARE) initiative, and has recently been a key researcher on the CDC-sponsored evaluation of the Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) and on a Gates Foundation-funded project on developing a global vaccine stockpile for pandemic influenza.

Previously, Dr. Wasserman led projects on measuring the health impact in developing countries of additional investments in diagnostic technologies; financing the health services safety net and on how the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs could modify its budget allocation mechanism to better serve the health care needs of veterans.

He has published numerous papers and technical reports, as well as co-authored three books (The Costs of Poor Health Habits, Harvard University Press; Tobacco Control Laws: Implementation and Enforcement, RAND; and Combating Teen Smoking: Research and Policy Findings, University of Michigan Press). Dr. Wasserman received his doctorate in public policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School for Policy Studies, where he was a Pew Health Policy Fellow and is currently Professor of Public Policy Analysis. Dr. Wasserman is also an instructor in the University of Southern California's International Public Policy and Management program, where he teaches a course on public policy formulation and implementation.