Lisa M. Lines, PhD, MPH, has an extensive background in both managing and contributing to successful research projects for both public- and private-sector clients over more than 20 years in healthcare research and consulting. With RTI since 2009, she is experienced in program evaluations, large-scale database analyses (including artificial intelligence and “big data” methods), and interactive decision-analytic models, as well as literature reviews and policy analyses.
Among other projects, Dr. Lines’s currently supports the National Cancer Institute in developing, maintaining, refining, and analyzing the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) - Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) linked database. She is helping to use and disseminate these data to understand the associations between patient experiences, individual characteristics, quality of care, and outcomes for people with and without cancer.
Dr. Lines leads RTI’s efforts to develop local social risk scores -- a new approach to risk prediction and adjustment for social factors using artificial intelligence. She also leads an analysis focused on using national, longitudinal data to understand patterns of emergency care for substance use and mental health disorders.
Dr. Lines has published in a wide variety of subject areas, including health policy and payment reform; health care quality; risk adjustment; guideline adherence and diffusion of innovation; cost-effectiveness and affordability issues; burden of illness and out-of-pocket expenditures; and disparities and inequities. She has been honored by RTI with an Innovation Award (2020), five Highly Published Author Awards (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2010), a Highly Cited Author Award (2017), an Early Career Author Award (2015), an RTI Team Award (2015), an Internal Research & Development Award (2014), and a Professional Development Award (2013).
She chairs the Health Equity Committee for the Medical Care Section of the American Public Health Association, serves on the Editorial Board of Medical Care, and co-edits The Medical Care Blog – one of the top academic health/medical blogs in the US. In 2018, she received the APHA Medical Care Section Award.