Katherine Desmond, M.S.


Core Scientist, Policy Core



Katherine Desmond joined the Center for Community Health as a Senior Statistician in October of 2006.  She has extensive experience with complex data from multiple sources and is currently involved in the analysis of Medicare and Medicaid claims data, informing analyses of policies regarding HIV-positive Californians. Other representative projects include an analysis of national survey data regarding the prevalence and predictors of neonatal male circumcision, evaluating an intervention targeting HIV risk behaviors among injection drug and crack users, evaluating an intervention aimed at effecting family reconciliation and reducing HIV risk for runaway adolescents, analyzing the impacts on the homeless population of an intervention aimed at reducing risk behaviors of HIV positive individuals who remain risky after diagnosis.  She received her AB in Economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and MS in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She has worked for the Department of Labor, the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services, RTI, SRI, RAND, and UCLA.  She has published extensively, and received as a coauthor the Article of the Year award from AcademyHealth in 1995.


A.B. (1976), Economics, University of California at Santa Cruz.
M.S. (1991), Biostatistics, University of North Carolina.

Research and Interests:

Health policy, management and analysis of public health data, HIV, health economics.


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