Bio

Carrie E. Fry is a doctoral candidate in Health Policy at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Science. Her research interests include access to health care and coverage for vulnerable and underserved populations, behavioral health policy, and social and public health policy evaluation.

All three of Carrie's dissertation papers are on the implications of state-driven changes to the Medicaid program. Chapter 1 examines changes in recidivism after Medicaid expansion using the universe of booking data from six urban county jails. Chapter 2 examines changes in Medicaid enrollment after a state rescinds its retroactive eligibility provision. Chapter 3 examines the methodological challenges in choosing between similar quasi-experimental methods in health policy/services research. Her time in the PhD program is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Carrie has been published in Health Affairs, Psychiatric Services, Addiction, and NEJM Catalyst and presented her work at ASHEcon, AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting, and the Association for Public Policy and Management’s (APPAM) Fall Research conference. Additionally, she is a 2018 recipient of the Donald R. Cressey Award (best proposal in criminal justice and penology practices) and a dissertation fellowship from the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy. She has also received a competitive funding award from the Brandeis/Harvard NIDA Center to examine the implications of work requirements in Medicaid for individuals with substance use disorder.

Carrie graduated from George Peabody College at Vanderbilt University in 2011 with a BS in Child Development, where she was recognized as a Top 40 Outstanding Senior for her contributions to the University. In 2013, Carrie obtained an MEd in Community Development and Action from Vanderbilt University.

After her master’s degree, Carrie worked for the Tennessee Primary Care Association as a Navigator during the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment period. Prior to starting her PhD program, Carrie worked as a policy and data analyst in the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where her work focused on evaluating opioid control policies, providing technical assistance to state policymakers regarding Medicaid expansion, and identifying programs and policies to improve the health and well-being of Nashvillians.