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Lindsey J. Leininger

Clinical Professor of Business Administration






PhD, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, 2007; MA, Northeastern University, 2001; AB, Princeton University, 1999

Areas of Expertise

Health care, data analytics, public policy


Lindsey Leininger is a public health educator and researcher with expertise in data-driven health policy. Her primary focus is teaching and translating quantitative methods to health care leaders; over her career she has taught and trained physicians, policymakers, and executives. At Tuck she teaches courses at the intersection of health analytics, public health, and the health care industry. Prior to joining Dartmouth, she spent a decade designing and leading advanced analytics projects for the Medicaid program, both in academic and think-tank settings. Lindsey received her PhD from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

Current Research Topics

  • COVID-19 science communication
  • Health care quality measurement

Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Clinical Professor of Business Administration, Tuck School of Business, 2018–present
  • Assistant Professor and Research Assistant Professor, University of Illinois-Chicago, 2012–15
  • Researcher, Chapin Hill at the University of Chicago, 2010–12
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008–10
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Human Potential and Public Policy, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago, 2007–08

Nonacademic positions

  • Associate Director and Senior Health Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research, University of Chicago, 2015–18

Editorial positions

  • Ad hoc reviewer for major health services and health policy journals

Board memberships

  • Secretary (executive officer), Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science

Working Papers

  • With M. Tomaino and E. Meara, “Health-Related Quality of Life in High-Cost, High-Need Populations.”

Selected Publications

  • Regular contributor and co-editing “Nerdy Girl” at COVID-19 science communication platform “Dear Pandemic.”
  • With S. Orzol, M. Levere, and N. Early, “Contemporaneous and Long-Term Effects of CHIP Eligibility Expansion.” Journal of Health Economics, 64, 2020
  • With T. DeLeire, “Predictive Modeling for Population Health Management: A Practical Guide," Issue Brief, Mathematica Policy Research, Chicago, IL, February 2017
  • With B. Saloner and L. Wherry, “Predicting High-Cost Pediatric Patients: Derivation and Validation of a Population-Based Model,” Medical Care, 53(8), 2015