Alex McDowell is a PhD Candidate in Health Policy at Harvard University concentrating in evaluative science and statistics. Alex studies the impact of health care policy and delivery system changes on health outcomes for underserved populations. Specifically, Alex aims to improve methods for identifying gender minority populations in existing data and to understand the effects of federal and state level anti-discrimination policies on gender minority health. She received the 2017 Harvard Graduate Summer Predissertation Fellowship to support efforts to understand gender minority enrollees in commercial claims data.

Alex works with Dr. Sherri Rose in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and with researchers in the Health Equity Research Lab at Cambridge Health Alliance to study gender minority health. She is also part of the Health Policy Data Science Lab and the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) working group.

Prior to beginning doctoral work, Alex earned an MPH, MS in Nursing, and BS in Nursing from Johns Hopkins, as well as a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies from Georgetown University. After graduating from Hopkins, Alex joined the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School where she worked on a series of projects to evaluate the impact of payment reform on health care quality. In addition, she worked as a staff nurse on an inpatient psychiatric unit at McLean Hospital.