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Jessica L Cohen, Ph.D.

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Wesleyan University, ConnecticutBA05/2000Economics
MIT, MassachusettsPhD02/2008Economics

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Dr. Cohen is a health and behavioral economist whose research uses randomized controlled trials and other rigorous quasi-experimental methods to evaluate the impact of maternal and child health programs and policies, both in the United States and East African countries. Dr. Cohen's research explores the behavioral channels by which health policies translate into health outcomes, with the aim of embedding this evidence into policy design and increasing policy impact. Dr. Cohen has conducted randomized controlled trials to evaluate the impact of incentives, subsidies, information, and decision architecture on health seeking behavior and health outcomes in the domains of malaria and maternal health from the prenatal through the postnatal period. Her research uses concepts from economics and psychology to explore drivers of critical health behaviors including maternity care seeking, postpartum contraception, and child nutrition. She also has used various quasi-experimental designs to evaluate the impact of large health policy and health system changes on population health, including malaria pharmaceutical subsidy policies and maternity provider payment models. Current work explores drivers of maternity provider behavior, including quality of care during labor and delivery and provision of postpartum contraception.

Dr. Cohen's work has been been published widely in top economics and public health journals and has been referenced in major national and international publications. She has won a mentorship award and a teaching award from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research on subsidy policies for insecticide treated nets was deemed by Vox as a top social science paper of the decade. Dr. Cohen was a member of the WHO Global Malaria Program's Technical Expert Group on Surveillance, Monitoring and Evaluation and has served on NIH expert review panels related to implementation science and impact evaluation.

Dr. Cohen received her bachelor's degree in Economics from Wesleyan University and her PhD in Economics from MIT, where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.

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  1. Geiger CK, Sommers BD, Hawkins SS, Cohen JL. Medicaid expansions, preconception insurance, and unintended pregnancy among new parents. Health Serv Res. 2021 Apr 27. PMID: 33905119.
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  2. Hawkins SS, Horvath K, Cohen J, Pace LE, Baum CF. Associations between ACA-related policies and a clinical recommendation with HPV vaccine initiation. Cancer Causes Control. 2021 Apr 17. PMID: 33866458.
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  3. Clarke-Deelder E, Suharlim C, Chatterjee S, Brenzel L, Ray A, Cohen JL, McConnell M, Resch SC, Menzies NA. Impact of campaign-style delivery of routine vaccines: a quasi-experimental evaluation using routine health services data in India. Health Policy Plan. 2021 Mar 18. PMID: 33734362.
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  4. Stein DT, Golub G, Rothschild CW, Nyakora G, Cohen J, McConnell M. Bypassing high-quality maternity facilities: evidence from pregnant women in peri-urban Nairobi. Health Policy Plan. 2021 Mar 03; 36(1):84-92. PMID: 33263768.
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  5. Rokicki S, Mwesigwa B, Cohen JL. Know-do gaps in obstetric and newborn care quality in Uganda: a cross-sectional study in rural health facilities. Trop Med Int Health. 2021 May; 26(5):535-545. PMID: 33529436.
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  6. Gage A, Aryal A, Paul Joseph J, Cohen J. The price of quality care: cross-sectional associations between out-of-pocket payments and quality of care in six low-income countries. Trop Med Int Health. 2021 Feb 26. PMID: 33638293.
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  7. Hawkins SS, Horvath K, Cohen J, Pace LE, Baum CF. Associations between insurance-related affordable care act policy changes with HPV vaccine completion. BMC Public Health. 2021 Feb 06; 21(1):304. PMID: 33549075.
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  8. Steenland MW, Pace LE, Sinaiko AD, Cohen JL. Medicaid Payments For Immediate Postpartum Long-Acting Reversible Contraception: Evidence From South Carolina. Health Aff (Millwood). 2021 Feb; 40(2):334-342. PMID: 33523747.
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  9. Han D, Khadka A, McConnell M, Cohen J. Association of Unexpected Newborn Deaths With Changes in Obstetric and Neonatal Process of Care. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 12 01; 3(12):e2024589. PMID: 33284335.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  10. Donato K, McConnell M, Han D, Gunaratna NS, Tessema M, De Groote H, Cohen J. Behavioural insights to support increased consumption of quality protein maize by young children: a cluster randomised trial in Ethiopia. BMJ Glob Health. 2020 12; 5(12). PMID: 33355261.
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  11. Pace LE, Baum CF, Horvath K, Raja SC, Cohen J, Hawkins SS. BRCA1/2 Testing in Massachusetts Among Women With Private Insurance or Medicaid, 2011-2015. Med Care. 2020 11; 58(11):963-967. PMID: 32925457.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  12. Cohen JL, Leslie HH, Saran I, Fink G. Quality of clinical management of children diagnosed with malaria: A cross-sectional assessment in 9 sub-Saharan African countries between 2007-2018. PLoS Med. 2020 09; 17(9):e1003254. PMID: 32925906.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  13. Li Z, Fawzi WW, Cohen JL, Verguet S. Equity and Distributional Impact on Stunting of a Nutritional Package Targeting Children Aged 6-36 Months in China: Findings from a Modeling Study. Nutrients. 2020 Aug 30; 12(9). PMID: 32872615.
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  14. Harris K, Sivamurthy S, Mohiuddin H, Aguila Gonzalez A, Bui T, Andrews K, Cohen J, McConnell M, Ahlers-Schmidt C. Contraceptive Counseling in the Postpartum Period: Could Pediatricians Have a Role? Matern Child Health J. 2020 Jul; 24(7):923-931. PMID: 32372242.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  15. Larson E, Mbaruku GM, Cohen J, Kruk ME. Did a quality improvement intervention improve quality of maternal health care? Implementation evaluation from a cluster-randomized controlled study. Int J Qual Health Care. 2020 Apr 21; 32(1):54-63. PMID: 31829427.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  16. Naanyu V, Mujumdar V, Ahearn C, McConnell M, Cohen J. Why do women deliver where they had not planned to go? A qualitative study from peri-urban Nairobi Kenya. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2020 Jan 13; 20(1):30. PMID: 31931745.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  17. Fink G, D'Acremont V, Leslie HH, Cohen J. Antibiotic exposure among children younger than 5 years in low-income and middle-income countries: a cross-sectional study of nationally representative facility-based and household-based surveys. Lancet Infect Dis. 2020 02; 20(2):179-187. PMID: 31843383.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  18. Haakenstad A, Hawkins SS, Pace LE, Cohen J. Rural-urban disparities in colonoscopies after the elimination of patient cost-sharing by the Affordable Care Act. Prev Med. 2019 12; 129:105877. PMID: 31669176.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  19. Rokicki S, Mwesigwa B, Schmucker L, Cohen JL. Shedding light on quality of care: a study protocol for a randomized trial evaluating the impact of the Solar Suitcase in rural health facilities on maternal and newborn care quality in Uganda. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2019 Aug 22; 19(1):306. PMID: 31438896.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  20. Cohen JL. The Enduring Debate Over Cost Sharing for Essential Public Health Tools. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 08 02; 2(8):e199810. PMID: 31461144.
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  21. Fink G, Cohen J. Delivering quality: safe childbirth requires more than facilities. Lancet Glob Health. 2019 08; 7(8):e990-e991. PMID: 31303304.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  22. Siam ZA, McConnell M, Golub G, Nyakora G, Rothschild C, Cohen J. Accuracy of patient perceptions of maternity facility quality and the choice of providers in Nairobi, Kenya: a cohort study. BMJ Open. 2019 07 30; 9(7):e029486. PMID: 31366657.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  23. Steenland MW, Pace LE, Sinaiko AD, Cohen JL. Association Between South Carolina Medicaid's Change in Payment for Immediate Postpartum Long-Acting Reversible Contraception and Birth Intervals. JAMA. 2019 07 02; 322(1):76-78. PMID: 31158852.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  24. Steenland M, Sinaiko A, Glynn A, Fitzgerald T, Cohen J. The effect of the Affordable Care Act on patient out-of-pocket cost and use of preventive cancer screenings in Massachusetts. Prev Med Rep. 2019 Sep; 15:100924. PMID: 31333996.
    Citations: 2     
  25. Chukwuma A, Mbachu C, McConnell M, Bossert TJ, Cohen J. The impact of monetary incentives on referrals by traditional birth attendants for postnatal care in Nigeria. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2019 May 20; 19(1):150. PMID: 31104629.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  26. Haakenstad A, Harle AC, Tsakalos G, Micah AE, Tao T, Anjomshoa M, Cohen J, Fullman N, Hay SI, Mestrovic T, Mohammed S, Mousavi SM, Nixon MR, Pigott D, Tran K, Murray CJL, Dieleman JL. Tracking spending on malaria by source in 106 countries, 2000-16: an economic modelling study. Lancet Infect Dis. 2019 07; 19(7):703-716. PMID: 31036511.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  27. Tessema M, Gunaratna NS, Brouwer ID, Donato K, Cohen JL, McConnell M, Belachew T, Belayneh D, De Groote H. Associations among High-Quality Protein and Energy Intake, Serum Transthyretin, Serum Amino Acids and Linear Growth of Children in Ethiopia. Nutrients. 2018 Nov 16; 10(11). PMID: 30453477.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  28. McConnell M, Rothschild CW, Ettenger A, Muigai F, Cohen J. Free contraception and behavioural nudges in the postpartum period: evidence from a randomised control trial in Nairobi, Kenya. BMJ Glob Health. 2018; 3(5):e000888. PMID: 30364345.
    Citations: 2     
  29. Mbatia R, Cohen J, Zuakulu M, Bukuku A, Chandarana S, Eliakimu E, Moshi S, Larson E. Basic Accountability to Stop Ill-Treatment (BASI); Study Protocol for a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial in Rural Tanzania. Front Public Health. 2018; 6:273. PMID: 30320053.
    Citations: 1     
  30. Cohen J, Saran I. The impact of packaging and messaging on adherence to malaria treatment: Evidence from a randomized controlled trial in Uganda. J Dev Econ. 2018 Sep; 134:68-95. PMID: 30177864.
    Citations: 3     
  31. Haber N, Harling G, Cohen J, Mutevedzi T, Tanser F, Gareta D, Herbst K, Pillay D, Bärnighausen T, Fink G. List randomization for eliciting HIV status and sexual behaviors in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: a randomized experiment using known true values for validation. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2018 05 25; 18(1):46. PMID: 29793433.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
  32. Li Z, Chen L, Li M, Cohen J. Prenatal exposure to sand and dust storms and children's cognitive function in China: a quasi-experimental study. Lancet Planet Health. 2018 05; 2(5):e214-e222. PMID: 29709285.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  33. Rokicki S, Cohen J, Fink G, Salomon JA, Landrum MB. Inference With Difference-in-Differences With a Small Number of Groups: A Review, Simulation Study, and Empirical Application Using SHARE Data. Med Care. 2018 01; 56(1):97-105. PMID: 29112050.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  34. Chukwuma A, Mbachu C, Cohen J, Bossert T, McConnell M. "Once the delivery is done, they have finished": a qualitative study of perspectives on postnatal care referrals by traditional birth attendants in Ebonyi state, Nigeria. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2017 Dec 19; 17(1):429. PMID: 29258459.
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  35. Cohen J, Rothschild C, Golub G, Omondi GN, Kruk ME, McConnell M. Measuring The Impact Of Cash Transfers And Behavioral 'Nudges' On Maternity Care In Nairobi, Kenya. Health Aff (Millwood). 2017 11; 36(11):1956-1964. PMID: 29137506.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  36. Kusuma D, Thabrany H, Hidayat B, McConnell M, Berman P, Cohen J. New evidence on the impact of large-scale conditional cash transfers on child vaccination rates: The case of a cluster-randomized trial in Indonesia. World Development. 2017; 98:497-505.
  37. Shrime MG, Weinstein MC, Hammitt JK, Cohen JL, Salomon JA. Trading Bankruptcy for Health: A Discrete-Choice Experiment. Value Health. 2018 01; 21(1):95-104. PMID: 29304947.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  38. Cohen J, Lofgren K, McConnell M. Precommitment, Cash Transfers, and Timely Arrival for Birth: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Nairobi Kenya. Am Econ Rev. 2017 05; 107(5):501-5. PMID: 29553629.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  39. Kusuma D, McConnell M, Berman P, Cohen J. The impact of household and community cash transfers on children's food consumption in Indonesia. Prev Med. 2017 Jul; 100:152-158. PMID: 28450125.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  40. Visser T, Bruxvoort K, Maloney K, Leslie T, Barat LM, Allan R, Ansah EK, Anyanti J, Boulton I, Clarke SE, Cohen JL, Cohen JM, Cutherell A, Dolkart C, Eves K, Fink G, Goodman C, Hutchinson E, Lal S, Mbonye A, Onwujekwe O, Petty N, Pontarollo J, Poyer S, Schellenberg D, Streat E, Ward A, Wiseman V, Whitty CJ, Yeung S, Cunningham J, Chandler CI. Introducing malaria rapid diagnostic tests in private medicine retail outlets: A systematic literature review. PLoS One. 2017; 12(3):e0173093. PMID: 28253315.
    Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  41. Saran I, Cohen J. Disparities between malaria infection and treatment rates: Evidence from a cross-sectional analysis of households in Uganda. PLoS One. 2017; 12(2):e0171835. PMID: 28241041.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  42. Shrime MG, Sekidde S, Linden A, Cohen JL, Weinstein MC, Salomon JA. Sustainable Development in Surgery: The Health, Poverty, and Equity Impacts of Charitable Surgery in Uganda. PLoS One. 2016; 11(12):e0168867. PMID: 28036357.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  43. Rokicki S, Cohen J, Salomon JA, Fink G. Impact of a Text-Messaging Program on Adolescent Reproductive Health: A Cluster-Randomized Trial in Ghana. Am J Public Health. 2017 02; 107(2):298-305. PMID: 27997236.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  44. Cohen J, Golub G, Kruk ME, McConnell M. Do active patients seek higher quality prenatal care?: A panel data analysis from Nairobi, Kenya. Prev Med. 2016 11; 92:74-81. PMID: 27667338.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  45. Kruk ME, Kujawski S, Moyer CA, Adanu RM, Afsana K, Cohen J, Glassman A, Labrique A, Reddy KS, Yamey G. Next generation maternal health: external shocks and health-system innovations. Lancet. 2016 11 05; 388(10057):2296-2306. PMID: 27642020.
    Citations: 29     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  46. Tessema, M., Gunaratna, N.S., Donato, K, Cohen, J, McConnell, M., Belayneh D, Brouwer I. D., Belachew T, De Groote H. . Translating the impact of quality protein maize into improved nutritional status for Ethiopian children: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. BMC Nutrition. 2016; 54(2).
  47. Kusuma D, Cohen J, McConnell M, Berman P. Can cash transfers improve determinants of maternal mortality? Evidence from the household and community programs in Indonesia. Soc Sci Med. 2016 08; 163:10-20. PMID: 27376594.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  48. McConnell M, Ettenger A, Rothschild CW, Muigai F, Cohen J. Can a community health worker administered postnatal checklist increase health-seeking behaviors and knowledge?: evidence from a randomized trial with a private maternity facility in Kiambu County, Kenya. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2016 06 04; 16(1):136. PMID: 27260500.
    Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  49. Saran I, Yavuz E, Kasozi H, Cohen J. Can Rapid Diagnostic Testing for Malaria Increase Adherence to Artemether-Lumefantrine?: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Uganda. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2016 Apr; 94(4):857-67. PMID: 26928828.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  50. Cohen J, Fink G, Maloney K, Berg K, Jordan M, Svoronos T, Aber F, Dickens W. Introducing rapid diagnostic tests for malaria to drug shops in Uganda: A cluster-randomized controlled trial. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2015; 93(3):142-151.
  51. Cohen J, Cox A, Dickens W, Maloney K, Lam F, Fink G. Determinants of malaria diagnostic uptake in the retail sector: qualitative analysis from focus groups in Uganda. Malar J. 2015 Feb 21; 14:89. PMID: 25884736.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  52. Cohen, J, Dupas P and Schaner S. . Price subsidies, diagnostic tests and the demand for malaria treatment: Evidence from a randomized controlled trial. American Economic Review. 2015; 105(2):609-45.
  53. Larson PS, Yadav P, Alphs S, Arkedis J, Massaga J, Sabot O, Cohen JL. Diffusion of subsidized ACTs in accredited drug shops in Tanzania: determinants of stocking and characteristics of early and late adopters. BMC Health Serv Res. 2013 Dec 18; 13:526. PMID: 24350611.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  54. Cohen JL, Yadav P, Moucheraud C, Alphs S, Larson PS, Arkedis J, Massaga J, Sabot O. Do price subsidies on artemisinin combination therapy for malaria increase household use? Evidence from a repeated cross-sectional study in remote regions of Tanzania. PLoS One. 2013; 8(7):e70713. PMID: 23923018.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  55. Fink G, Dickens WT, Jordan M, Cohen JL. Access to subsidized ACT and malaria treatment--evidence from the first year of the AMFm program in six districts in Uganda. Health Policy Plan. 2014 Jul; 29(4):517-27. PMID: 23783833.
    Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  56. Cohen J, Fink G, Berg K, Aber F, Jordan M, Maloney K, Dickens W. Feasibility of distributing rapid diagnostic tests for malaria in the retail sector: evidence from an implementation study in Uganda. PLoS One. 2012; 7(11):e48296. PMID: 23152766.
    Citations: 32     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  57. Yadav P, Yadav P, Cohen JL, Alphs S, Arkedis J, Larson PS, Massaga J, Sabot O. Trends in availability and prices of subsidized ACT over the first year of the AMFm: evidence from remote regions of Tanzania. Malar J. 2012 Aug 28; 11:299. PMID: 22929587.
    Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  58. Cohen JL, Yavuz E, Morris A, Arkedis J, Sabot O. Do patients adhere to over-the-counter artemisinin combination therapy for malaria? evidence from an intervention study in Uganda. Malar J. 2012 Mar 23; 11:83. PMID: 22443291.
    Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
  59. Moonen B, Cohen JM, Tatem AJ, Cohen J, Hay SI, Sabot O, Smith DL. A framework for assessing the feasibility of malaria elimination. Malar J. 2010 Nov 11; 9:322. PMID: 21070659.
    Citations: 29     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  60. Sabot O, Cohen JM, Hsiang MS, Kahn JG, Basu S, Tang L, Zheng B, Gao Q, Zou L, Tatarsky A, Aboobakar S, Usas J, Barrett S, Cohen JL, Jamison DT, Feachem RG. Costs and financial feasibility of malaria elimination. Lancet. 2010 Nov 06; 376(9752):1604-15. PMID: 21035839.
    Citations: 47     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  61. Cohen, Jessica and Pascaline Dupas. Free distribution or cost-sharing?: evidence from a malaria-prevention field experiment in Kenya. Quarterly Journal of Economics. 2010; 125(1):1-45.
  62. Cohen, J and W. Dickens. . A Foundation for Behavioral Economics. American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings. 2002; 92(2):335-338. View Publication.
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