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Caroline Pearson

Senior Vice President
Health Care
Phone: (312) 325-2552

Caroline Pearson is a senior vice president at NORC at the University of Chicago. In this role, she generates insights for a diverse set of stakeholders by applying NORC’s rigorous analytics and research capabilities, innovative solutions, and deep subject-matter expertise to critical topics in health care.

Before joining NORC, Pearson spent 14 years at Avalere Health, where she worked with Fortune 500 health care companies, associations, investors, and patient groups to solve complex business and policy problems. In her role as the Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy, Pearson oversaw consulting services and syndicated products. She also led the strategic communications team, including media relations, published research, and content marketing.

Pearson, a nationally-recognized expert on public and private health insurance coverage, is regularly quoted in national and trade press and is a frequent keynote speaker for audiences seeking to understand the health policy landscape. In 2017, Pearson presented at a governors-only session for the National Governors Association on the impact of proposed federal Medicaid reforms. Her other areas of subject matter expertise include Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, prescription drugs, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and health disparities.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University with a B.A. in Government.

Caroline Pearson

Senior Vice President
Health Care
(312) 325-2552

Caroline Pearson is a senior vice president at NORC at the University of Chicago. In this role, she generates insights for a diverse set of stakeholders by applying NORC’s rigorous analytics and research capabilities, innovative solutions, and deep subject-matter expertise to critical topics in health care.

Before joining NORC, Pearson spent 14 years at Avalere Health, where she worked with Fortune 500 health care companies, associations, investors, and patient groups to solve complex business and policy problems. In her role as the Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy, Pearson oversaw consulting services and syndicated products. She also led the strategic communications team, including media relations, published research, and content marketing.

Pearson, a nationally-recognized expert on public and private health insurance coverage, is regularly quoted in national and trade press and is a frequent keynote speaker for audiences seeking to understand the health policy landscape. In 2017, Pearson presented at a governors-only session for the National Governors Association on the impact of proposed federal Medicaid reforms. Her other areas of subject matter expertise include Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, prescription drugs, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and health disparities.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University with a B.A. in Government.

Caitlin Carroll Oppenheimer

Senior Vice President
Public Health
Phone: (301) 634-9344

Caitlin Carroll Oppenheimer is senior vice president of Public Health at NORC. Oppenheimer brings more 25 years of experience conducting research and providing support to federal and non-federal clients. She provides oversight and direction to the 80 staff and over $40 million per year of research projects housed in the Public Health Department. She also leads a multi-year project for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s Office of Minority Health to provide research, evaluation, and communications support in support of the reducing health disparities the Medicare population.

Oppenheimer also directs a project for the HHS Office of Women’s Health to provide evaluation support broadly as well as conduct cross-site evaluations of several research portfolios. She has expertise in strategy and planning as well as evaluation research including qualitative data collection, establishment surveys, and evaluation of program data.

Prior to joining NORC, Oppenheimer was a senior associate at The Lewin Group and an analyst at Partnership for Prevention. She is an established health services researcher with several peer-reviewed publications including the Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of Emergency Nursing, and Annals of Family Medicine. She is a member of the American Public Health Association.

Caitlin Carroll Oppenheimer

Senior Vice President
Public Health
(301) 634-9344

Caitlin Carroll Oppenheimer is senior vice president of Public Health at NORC. Oppenheimer brings more 25 years of experience conducting research and providing support to federal and non-federal clients. She provides oversight and direction to the 80 staff and over $40 million per year of research projects housed in the Public Health Department. She also leads a multi-year project for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s Office of Minority Health to provide research, evaluation, and communications support in support of the reducing health disparities the Medicare population.

Oppenheimer also directs a project for the HHS Office of Women’s Health to provide evaluation support broadly as well as conduct cross-site evaluations of several research portfolios. She has expertise in strategy and planning as well as evaluation research including qualitative data collection, establishment surveys, and evaluation of program data.

Prior to joining NORC, Oppenheimer was a senior associate at The Lewin Group and an analyst at Partnership for Prevention. She is an established health services researcher with several peer-reviewed publications including the Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of Emergency Nursing, and Annals of Family Medicine. She is a member of the American Public Health Association.

Adil Moiduddin

Senior Vice President
Health Care
Phone: (301) 634-9419

Adil Moiduddin is a Vice President working on issues at the intersection of health care and public health. Moiduddin works closely with NORC’s Executive Vice President for Research on business development and strategic initiatives related to health data, programs and policy. Moiduddin has 18 years of experience in health services research, consulting and program evaluation. He has extensive knowledge of federal and state programs to support health care financing and delivery with particular expertise in the health care safety net and health IT programs.

He also directs a multi-million dollar evaluation of 18 Health Care Innovation Awards (HCIAs) funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. These are projects led by community providers and other stakeholders aiming to improve health care quality, control health care costs and raise overall health. The interventions foster integration and communication across health care settings and help patients access health education, behavioral health and social support resources. Each project focuses on a population with conditions (e.g., diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease) that drive morbidity, mortality and health care costs in the United States.

The evaluation includes analysis of Medicare, Medicaid and private sector administrative data documenting cost and health care utilization. These analyses use a difference-in-difference or two cohort longitudinal design depending on availability of data, sample size and comparison group options. Moiduddin is also leading dozens of in-person structured interviews and focus groups with HCIA providers, community-based stakeholders, administrators, patients and caregivers.

Moiduddin directs smaller projects assessing population health interventions involving collaboration between health care providers, public health agencies and community-based organizations. He recently completed an evaluation of the Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Program (SHARP) for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and a Congressionally-mandated report on the use of health IT to address the needs of communities experience health disparities for the same office. He also recently completed a project using data from the National Center for Health Statistics to assess differences in primary care visits between federally funded health centers and other providers. The study also looks at variation between primary care visits led by nurse practitioners and physician assistants compared to those led by physicians.

In addition to the funders mentioned above, during his career at NORC, Moiduddin has directed projects for the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, the Congressional Research Service and many Agencies and offices within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) including the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Prior to coming to NORC, Moiduddin was a consultant for the Lewin Group. At Lewin, he conducted strategic planning, program evaluation and market analysis projects for government Agencies, biotechnology firms, and health care associations. He also served as an Analyst at ASPE’s Division of Health Policy. At ASPE he helped coordinate research activities across HHS and design the first ever national evaluation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Moiduddin regularly presents his work at academic conferences including those sponsored by AcademyHealth, the American Public Health Association the American Medical Informatics Association, the Health Information Management Systems Society, and others. He has authored dozens of reports, white papers, peer reviewed articles, and book chapters. He is a member of AcademyHealth, the American Public Health Association and the American Evaluation Association. He serves as a peer-reviewer for the American Journal of Managed Care, the Journal of Ambulatory Care Management and Health Services Research.

Adil Moiduddin

Senior Vice President
Health Care
(301) 634-9419

Adil Moiduddin is a Vice President working on issues at the intersection of health care and public health. Moiduddin works closely with NORC’s Executive Vice President for Research on business development and strategic initiatives related to health data, programs and policy. Moiduddin has 18 years of experience in health services research, consulting and program evaluation. He has extensive knowledge of federal and state programs to support health care financing and delivery with particular expertise in the health care safety net and health IT programs.

He also directs a multi-million dollar evaluation of 18 Health Care Innovation Awards (HCIAs) funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. These are projects led by community providers and other stakeholders aiming to improve health care quality, control health care costs and raise overall health. The interventions foster integration and communication across health care settings and help patients access health education, behavioral health and social support resources. Each project focuses on a population with conditions (e.g., diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease) that drive morbidity, mortality and health care costs in the United States.

The evaluation includes analysis of Medicare, Medicaid and private sector administrative data documenting cost and health care utilization. These analyses use a difference-in-difference or two cohort longitudinal design depending on availability of data, sample size and comparison group options. Moiduddin is also leading dozens of in-person structured interviews and focus groups with HCIA providers, community-based stakeholders, administrators, patients and caregivers.

Moiduddin directs smaller projects assessing population health interventions involving collaboration between health care providers, public health agencies and community-based organizations. He recently completed an evaluation of the Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Program (SHARP) for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and a Congressionally-mandated report on the use of health IT to address the needs of communities experience health disparities for the same office. He also recently completed a project using data from the National Center for Health Statistics to assess differences in primary care visits between federally funded health centers and other providers. The study also looks at variation between primary care visits led by nurse practitioners and physician assistants compared to those led by physicians.

In addition to the funders mentioned above, during his career at NORC, Moiduddin has directed projects for the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, the Congressional Research Service and many Agencies and offices within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) including the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Prior to coming to NORC, Moiduddin was a consultant for the Lewin Group. At Lewin, he conducted strategic planning, program evaluation and market analysis projects for government Agencies, biotechnology firms, and health care associations. He also served as an Analyst at ASPE’s Division of Health Policy. At ASPE he helped coordinate research activities across HHS and design the first ever national evaluation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Moiduddin regularly presents his work at academic conferences including those sponsored by AcademyHealth, the American Public Health Association the American Medical Informatics Association, the Health Information Management Systems Society, and others. He has authored dozens of reports, white papers, peer reviewed articles, and book chapters. He is a member of AcademyHealth, the American Public Health Association and the American Evaluation Association. He serves as a peer-reviewer for the American Journal of Managed Care, the Journal of Ambulatory Care Management and Health Services Research.

Shazia Miller

Senior Vice President
Education and Child Development
Phone: (312) 759-4250

Shazia Miller is senior vice president of Education and Child Development. Miller provides strategic oversight and direction for a 50-person staff and $15 million research portfolio.

Over the course of her 25-year career, Miller has led a wide range of studies, with an emphasis on improving young adults’ transition to college and careers. She is currently the co-principal investigator on a study of the factors that aid or impede Chicago area college graduates’ transition into the labor market. Miller is also well-versed in conducting rigorous experimental, quasi-experimental, and descriptive studies. This includes leading an IES-sponsored study on the impact of Indiana’s diagnostic assessments system, a national randomized control trial of The Stock Market Game funded by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and a formative and quasi-experimental study of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards’ Accomplished Teaching, Learning and Schools (ATLAS) program sponsored by the Investing in Innovation.

Prior to joining NORC, Miller served for seven years as a managing director and the practice area director of Secondary Education, College and Careers at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). For five years, she was director of evaluation for Learning Point Associates, prior to its merger with AIR. She has also worked for the Chicago Public School system and the Consortium on Chicago School research at the University of Chicago, where she continues to serve as a member of the Steering Committee.

Miller is a member of the Society for Research in Educational Effectiveness, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, and the American Educational Research Association. She has served on National Science Foundation Directorates and the Institute for Education Sciences Review Panels, and has reviewed for various journals and organizations.

Shazia Miller

Senior Vice President
Education and Child Development
(312) 759-4250

Shazia Miller is senior vice president of Education and Child Development. Miller provides strategic oversight and direction for a 50-person staff and $15 million research portfolio.

Over the course of her 25-year career, Miller has led a wide range of studies, with an emphasis on improving young adults’ transition to college and careers. She is currently the co-principal investigator on a study of the factors that aid or impede Chicago area college graduates’ transition into the labor market. Miller is also well-versed in conducting rigorous experimental, quasi-experimental, and descriptive studies. This includes leading an IES-sponsored study on the impact of Indiana’s diagnostic assessments system, a national randomized control trial of The Stock Market Game funded by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and a formative and quasi-experimental study of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards’ Accomplished Teaching, Learning and Schools (ATLAS) program sponsored by the Investing in Innovation.

Prior to joining NORC, Miller served for seven years as a managing director and the practice area director of Secondary Education, College and Careers at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). For five years, she was director of evaluation for Learning Point Associates, prior to its merger with AIR. She has also worked for the Chicago Public School system and the Consortium on Chicago School research at the University of Chicago, where she continues to serve as a member of the Steering Committee.

Miller is a member of the Society for Research in Educational Effectiveness, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, and the American Educational Research Association. She has served on National Science Foundation Directorates and the Institute for Education Sciences Review Panels, and has reviewed for various journals and organizations.

Michael López

Vice President
Education and Child Development
Phone: (301) 634-9525

Michael López, PhD, is a Vice President in the Education and Child Development department at NORC, where he provides strategic oversight and direction for the growing portfolio of early childhood research at NORC. López is a nationally recognized expert on early childhood research, with a particular emphasis on low-income or culturally and linguistically diverse populations. He has over 25 years of experience conducting applied policy research in the areas of early childhood care and education, children’s socio-emotional development, health and mental health, racial and ethnic disparities, cultural and linguistic diversity, and appropriate assessments for cultural and linguistically diverse dual language learners.

Prior to joining NORC, López worked as a principal associate at Abt Associates where he conducted and disseminated early childhood research spanning topics such as Head Start, state preschool, child care, and childhood obesity. Among his achievements, López co-led the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families, a five-year, $5 million national center to conduct and disseminate research, informing Administration for Children and Families programs and policies supporting low-income Hispanic children and families. He also served as co-principal investigator on the National Study of the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) program, where he oversaw the design and implementation of a nationally representative study describing the characteristics of children and families enrolled in MSHS, as well as program practices and services.

Earlier in his career, López directed the Child Outcomes Research and Evaluation team in the Administration for Children and Families, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1991 to 2005, where he developed and directed large-scale, national evaluation studies of federal programs—including the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey and the National Head Start Impact Study, the largest, nationally representative, randomized study examining the impact of Head Start on children’s school readiness—among others.

López has written numerous peer-reviewed research articles, reports, and briefs on issues related to early childhood, Head Start, early care and education utilization, and cultural and linguistic diversity issues, including the psychometrics of language, literacy, and classroom observational measures for young dual language learners.

López earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned his master’s degree and PhD in child clinical psychology at Michigan State University. López currently serves as a board member of the Highscope Educational Research Foundation and the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute Executive Leadership Board. He is also a member of the advisory committee supporting the PNC Grow Up Great early childhood initiative.

Michael López

Vice President
Education and Child Development
(301) 634-9525

Michael López, PhD, is a Vice President in the Education and Child Development department at NORC, where he provides strategic oversight and direction for the growing portfolio of early childhood research at NORC. López is a nationally recognized expert on early childhood research, with a particular emphasis on low-income or culturally and linguistically diverse populations. He has over 25 years of experience conducting applied policy research in the areas of early childhood care and education, children’s socio-emotional development, health and mental health, racial and ethnic disparities, cultural and linguistic diversity, and appropriate assessments for cultural and linguistically diverse dual language learners.

Prior to joining NORC, López worked as a principal associate at Abt Associates where he conducted and disseminated early childhood research spanning topics such as Head Start, state preschool, child care, and childhood obesity. Among his achievements, López co-led the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families, a five-year, $5 million national center to conduct and disseminate research, informing Administration for Children and Families programs and policies supporting low-income Hispanic children and families. He also served as co-principal investigator on the National Study of the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) program, where he oversaw the design and implementation of a nationally representative study describing the characteristics of children and families enrolled in MSHS, as well as program practices and services.

Earlier in his career, López directed the Child Outcomes Research and Evaluation team in the Administration for Children and Families, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1991 to 2005, where he developed and directed large-scale, national evaluation studies of federal programs—including the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey and the National Head Start Impact Study, the largest, nationally representative, randomized study examining the impact of Head Start on children’s school readiness—among others.

López has written numerous peer-reviewed research articles, reports, and briefs on issues related to early childhood, Head Start, early care and education utilization, and cultural and linguistic diversity issues, including the psychometrics of language, literacy, and classroom observational measures for young dual language learners.

López earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned his master’s degree and PhD in child clinical psychology at Michigan State University. López currently serves as a board member of the Highscope Educational Research Foundation and the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute Executive Leadership Board. He is also a member of the advisory committee supporting the PNC Grow Up Great early childhood initiative.