David G. Stevenson, SM, PhD, is an associate professor of health policy in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. His primary research interests are aging, disability, and long-term care.
Dr. Stevenson’s recent work has focused on a broad range of topics in long-term care. His research addresses long-term-care financing options for the future, the influence of corporate structure on nursing home care, the rising use of hospice care among nursing home residents, the impact of Medicare Part D in the nursing home pharmacy sector, and the provision of supportive services in assisted living facilities and other types of congregate housing. His previous work has focused on the consumer’s role in nursing home quality, including research on the relationship between nursing home litigation and quality of care, the potential value of consumer complaints data in assessing quality of care, and the use of public reporting to create a market for nursing home quality.
Prior to joining the Department of Health Care Policy, Dr. Stevenson worked in a variety of policy and research settings, including the US Public Health Service, the University of Washington School of Public Health, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, and the Urban Institute. His work in these organizations focused on state long-term-care policy reforms, access to health care for people with disabilities, and the use of cost-effectiveness research in setting health policy priorities.
Dr. Stevenson received a BA from Oberlin College, an SM in health policy management from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a PhD in health policy from Harvard University. He currently is a member of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Long-Term Care Financing Advisory Committee and Harvard University's Standing Committee on Higher Degrees in Health Policy.