Roopa Seshadri PhD, AM

Senior Research Scientist

Roopa Seshadri is a senior research scientist at PolicyLab at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Her research focuses on disparities in health care access and outcomes, cross-system impact on health and understanding service needs, and resource allocation, with a goal of leveraging the human services landscape to achieve health equity. Dr. Seshadri’s methodological interests are program evaluation and application of statistical data analysis techniques to research and administrative data.

Dr. Seshadri’s current work includes reducing disparities in access to specialty care for children based on insurance status, understanding the education outcomes of children in foster care and evaluating the impact of a school-based oral health program. Recent projects have included studies of families that are recipients of services from multiple state systems in Illinois, investigations into healthcare services received by children in foster care and an Health and Human Services (HHS)-funded evaluation of a teen pregnancy prevention initiative in Chicago Public Schools. 

Dr. Seshadri has a PhD in Applied Statistics from the University of Memphis and an AM in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining PolicyLab, she conducted human services research at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and academic medical and health services research at Lurie Children’s Hospital.