Maria Alva DPhil

Maria is a Senior Social Scientist in The Lab @ DC. She is also a Research Professor at the Massive Data Institute at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy where she works on evaluations related to health care innovations.

Maria started her career in health economics at the University of Oxford, where her research focused on economic analyses of the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study—a landmark trial of policies to improve type 2 diabetes management.

Before joining The Lab @ DC, Maria taught program evaluation at Maryland University and worked for seven years in the private sector conducting research for the federal government in the area of non-communicable disease prevention via program evaluations for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and cost-effectiveness analyses for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as with multinational institutions. Her work has been published in leading field journals such as Health Affairs, Health Economics, Health Services Research, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and Diabetic Medicine.

Maria earned a DPhil in Public Health from the Health Economics Research Center at the University of Oxford and an MPhil in Economics from the same university. Maria lives in Ward 3 with her husband and daughters. They can often be found on weekends on the C&O canal trail or attending DC Youth Orchestra Program’s practice sessions.

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