Our Team

Adam Atherly

Adam Atherly, Ph.D.
Director of the Health Services Research Center
Professor of Medicine at the Larner College of Medicine

An expert in health economics and the economics of aging and consumer decisions regarding health plan choice, Dr. Atherly holds a Ph.D. in health services research, policy and administration from the University of Minnesota, and an M.A. in economics from the University of Washington.He joined the Colorado School of Public Health as associate professor and founding chair of the Department of Health Systems, Management and Policy in 2009 and was promoted to full professor in 2016. Consistently funded since 2002 by such agencies as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, NIH, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Atherly’s research targets health economics, with an emphasis on the economics of aging and consumer decisions regarding health plan choice. His research spans numerous methodological and topical areas, including healthcare spending and expenditure modeling, scale development and psychometric analysis, evaluation of efforts to improve quality of care and patient safety and cost-effectiveness analysis.  He is the author of more than 70 journal articles and book chapters and has presented his work at more than 75 national professional meetings. 




Sarah Nowak, Ph.D.                                 

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Center for Health Services Research

Dr. Nowak is a core member of the center’s research team, as well as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory medicine. Dr. Nowak completed her undergraduate degree in Physics at MIT, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Biomathematics from UCLA. Before moving to Vermont she was a Senior Information Scientist at the RAND Corporation, where she spent a decade applying mathematical simulation approaches to policy research questions. Specifically, her work focused on using the RAND COMPARE microsimulation model to evaluate health insurance reforms including assessing the impact of the Affordable Care Act on individual and family spending. Also during her tenure at RAND she was one of the founding co-directors for RAND’s Center for Scalable Computing Analysis (SCAN). In this role she guided the center in its mission to examine the use of un-curated data, including social media data, in social and economic research. While at RAND, and continuing on to her time here at UVM, Dr. Nowak has been funded by the NIH for her ongoing examination of the impact of patient and provider social networks on preventive health behavior. This work integrates Dr. Nowak’s expertise in mathematical modeling with national surveys to study how information individuals gather through their social networks impact individual-level decision making as well as health outcomes at the population level. She is also interested in transitioning this work to support the push towards value-based care, and implementing policies that lead to the reduction in the use of low-value services.

Andrew D. Wilcock, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

Dr. Wilcock received his doctoral training in health services research from the Department of Health Policy & Management at the University of Minnesota. Professor Wilcock’s research examines the impact of provider payment reforms on spending and care quality, as well as access to specialists in emergency medicine with a focus on the role of telemedicine. His work employs rigorous analysis of administrative claim records and has appeared in top health policy journals such as Health Affairs and Health Services Research, as well as top medical journals including the New England Journal of Medicine. Before coming to Vermont, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health policy at Harvard Medical School.