GLOBAL HEALTH & SOCIAL MEDICINE
Dr. Lu is the director of the Program in Global Health Economics and Social Change at Harvard Medical School. Her research is focused on measuring and analyzing global health finance and its effectiveness on population health outcomes at multiple levels. Funded by the NIH, Hilton Foundation, and Brigham & Women’s Faculty grant, Dr. Lu currently serves as PI or Co-Investigator and leads the following projects: (1) assessing the level and prevalence of young children exposed to risk factors of early development; (2) economic evaluation of delivering mental health care through community health workers in rural India; (3) measuring investment in mental health in developing countries; and (4) developing survey instruments and statistical tools to address measurement errors in estimating important policy indicators such as financial risk protection. Dr. Lu actively collaborates with colleagues at Partners In Health and the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and has conducted research across the world, including projects in Rwanda, China, India, and Mongolia. Dr. Lu has been involved in a number of scientific committees, including chairing the Financial Data Tracking/Costing Working Group for the African Health Initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and acting as an advisor for the World Health Organization’s workshop on monitoring health service utilization and financial protection, and leading consultation team, organized by the World Health Organization, on sustainable financing public health programs in Mongolia. Currently, Dr. Lu is a member of the High-Level Panel on Financing Community Health Workers, which is organized by the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for Malaria. She services in the Editorial Board of Social Science & Medicine – Population Health.
Dr. Lu studied international relations (BA) and political science (MA) at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and sociology (MA) and applied statistics (MS) at Syracuse University, where she also received her PhD in economics. She received postdoctoral training on health care policy analysis at the Harvard Medical School’s Department of Health Care Policy, and joined the School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine in 2008 after three-years work at the Harvard Institute for Global Health as Senior Research Associate.
PloS one, July 11, 2017
Social science & medicine (1982), February 3, 2017
Global health action, January 1, 2017
Lancet (London, England), October 4, 2016
The Lancet. Global health, October 4, 2016
The European respiratory journal, September 1, 2016
American journal of public health, November 12, 2015
BMJ open, September 8, 2015
PLoS medicine, June 2, 2015