Michaela Kerrissey is pursuing a PhD in Health Policy with a focus on Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Business School. Her research interests include delivery of health services through non-traditional platforms to improve quality and reduce cost, such as group-based care visits, integrated care management programs, and national nonprofit networks.
Michaela holds a Master of Science degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, where she received the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship. She also graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English, where she received a Robertson Scholarship. She began her career in health with a fellowship from the Hart Leadership Program, which funded her to conduct a year-long research project on HIV prevention in Uganda in collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a local nonprofit called Reachout Mbuya.
Most recently, Michaela was a consulting team leader at the Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit advisory group that was spun out of the strategy consulting firm Bain & Company. In that role, she managed engagements with a variety of philanthropists, foundations, research groups, and direct service nonprofits, with a focus on public health. Her projects covered topics such as diabetes prevention, healthcare cost control, Alzheimer’s research, and obesity prevention. Before joining the Bridgespan Group, Michaela worked internationally on health program and service delivery design and implementation as well as research and evaluation.