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Layla Booshehri, PhD

Layla Booshehri


Assistant Research Professor


Department of Defense NDSEG Fellow, Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Research Fellow, East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute (EAPSI) Fellow

Health Systems and Sciences Research

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1601 Cherry Street, Room 705

Layla Booshehri, PhD is an assistant research professor in the Department of Health Systems and Sciences Research. As a physicist, her research focuses on the dynamics of complex systems and the applications of statistical physics to socioeconomic phenomena. Specifically, her work aims to measure the macroscopic responses to changes in the activity of both individual and groups of interacting agents within the healthcare and welfare system. In particular, she uses decision modeling to identify how the intertemporal medical choices of patients impact health outcomes, non-equilibrium analysis to investigate exogenous events on household and community financial management and multi-agent simulation to predict the activity of firms operating within the healthcare system. 

Booshehri is also the Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) of the Health Economics Analytics Laboratory (HEAL) at Drexel University. Her research has been funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIH R03-MD011429), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Systems for Action), the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH R24-HD041041) and the Army Research Office/Department of Defense (NDSEG).

She holds an MS and PhD in Applied Physics from Rice University and a BS in Physics from the University of Florida. In addition to her faculty appointment in CNHP, she is a faculty fellow in the Center for Population Health and Community Impact at Drexel University. Before joining Drexel, she worked as a Research Associate in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Research Interests:

complex systems, decision modeling, non-equilibrium dynamics, public policy, healthcare systems, social safety net

Professional Society:

• Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Member, 2017 – Present
• Western Economic Association International, Member 2017-Present
• American Economics Association, Member, 2013 – Present
• American Society of Health Economists, Member, 2013 – Present