Doctoral Student

Ashley-Kay Fryer

Ashley-Kay Fryer is a doctoral student in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard Business School and Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Her principal research interests include how organizational behavior, learning, and design affect the implementation and spread of quality improvement initiatives and delivery models within and across healthcare settings. Ashley-Kay received an AB cum laude with high honors in a self-designed interdisciplinary major, “The Determinants of Population Health,” and minor in Health Policy from Harvard College in 2008. Following graduation, she spent a year working in equity research sales for JPMorgan Chase, before joining The Commonwealth Fund, a private healthcare research foundation. While at The Commonwealth Fund, Ashley-Kay first worked as a program assistant for the Fund’s largest grant program, Quality Improvement and Efficiency. She later served as a research associate for the Fund’s Health System Scorecard and Research Project, based at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. In this role, she co-authored comparative healthcare reports, such as the Commonwealth Fund Scorecard series that evaluates U.S. healthcare system performance at the national, state, and regional levels. She also analyzed Fund-sponsored surveys and co-authored journal articles and issue briefs. Most recently, she served as a research associate for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s healthcare innovation team.