Yale School of Public Health Welcomes New Faculty

The Yale School of Public Health welcomes new faculty members

Drew Cameron

Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management

Cameron is appointed in the Department of Health Policy and Management and the Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science (CMIPS) at the Yale School of Public Health. He is a health economist whose research focuses on the evaluation of health and development programs in resource-poor and low- and middle-income country settings. In these settings, he studies the role of targeted subsidies to increase the future demand for goods associated with health benefits, the use of ‘nudges’ to improve health seeking behavior, and costing and cost-effectiveness analytic methods that address demand- and supply-side constraints. His work has typically focused on child growth and early childhood development, water sanitation and hygiene, HIV/AIDS, health in carceral settings, rural development and the quality of primary care. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Puget Sound, an MA in International Development from the American University School of International Service and a PhD in Health Policy from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health.

Jason Hockenberry

Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management

Hockenberry is a health economist and health services researcher with expertise in using econometric techniques to analyze administrative, registry and electronic health record data to investigate the impacts of public health policies and to assess factors affecting the quality, efficiency, and cost of healthcare. HIs work is published in leading health policy and health economics outlets including JAMA (and affiliated journals), Health Affairs, Journal of Health Economics, and Journal of Public Economics. His research has been funded by the NIH, AHRQ, VA HSR&D, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Commonwealth Fund.

Ijeoma Opara

Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Opara is the founder and director of the Substance Abuse & Sexual Health Lab (www.oparalab.org). Her research interests focus on HIV/AIDS, STI, and substance use prevention for urban youth, racial and gender specific prevention interventions for Black girls, and community-based participatory research with urban youth. Dr. Opara has received many awards for her work in prevention research from the American Public Health Association, National Council on Family Relations, and AcademyHealth. Most recently, Dr. Opara was named the 2020 recipient of the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award. This award is given to junior scientists through the High Risk-High Reward program, whom who have demonstrated exceptional ability to engage in independent research.

Dr. Opara received her PhD in Family Science & Human Development at Montclair State University, a Master of Social Work from New York University (with a specialization in Primary & Behavioral Health Integration), a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from New York Medical College, and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from New Jersey City University. Dr. Opara received fellowship training from the Behavioral Sciences Training on Drug Abuse Research at New York University funded by a predoctoral fellowship from the National Institute on Drug Abuse which funded her dissertation research.


Victoria Perez

Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management

Victoria Perez is an applied economist interested in health economics and public finance. Professor Perez researches how systemic factors affect healthcare access to vulnerable populations. As part of this focus, she researches Medicaid design and public finance outcomes, provider competition, and healthcare fraud.