Ingrid Nembhard PhD, MS

Associate Professor of Public Health (Health Policy), of Faculty of Arts and Sciences and of Management

Biographical Info

Ingrid M. Nembhard, Ph.D., M.S., is Associate Professor of Public Health and Management at Yale School of Public Health and Yale School of Management. She also serves as the Associate Director for the Health Care Management Program at Yale. Her research focuses on how characteristics of health care organizations, their leaders, and staff contribute to their ability to implement new practices, engage in continuous organizational learning, and ultimately improve quality of care. She is currently principal investigator for a study of the implementation of evidence-based practices in U.S. hospitals and a study of the contributors to high performance in challenging work environments. She is also studying the implementation of care coordination in primary care groups. In prior work, she has combined qualitative and quantitative research methods to examine: (1) the influence of leadership, organizational climate and learning strategies on the success of improvement projects conducted in hospital units; (2) the antecedents and consequences of organizational learning in the context of quality improvement collaboratives, and (3) the impact of national quality improvement campaigns on hospital processes and patient outcomes.

Dr. Nembhard received her Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management, with a concentration in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University through a joint program between Harvard Business School and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She received her M.S. in Health Policy and Management from Harvard University School of Public Health, and her B.A. in Ethics, Politics and Economics and in Psychology from Yale University.


International Activity

  • Innovating in health care versus other industries
    United Kingdom(2013 - 2015)
    Differing impact of human and organizational capital in health care relative to other industries
  • Role of incentives in knowledge exchange in organizations
    United Kingdom(2013 - 2015)
    Differing effects of market versus relational incentives on knowledge exchange

Education & Training

M.S.
Harvard University (2001)
Ph.D.
Harvard University (2007)

Honors & Recognition

  • Best Paper Proceedings (Top 10% of submissions)
    Academy of Management Meeting (2013)
  • Best Abstract, Science of Quality Improvement
    AcademyHealth (2012)
  • Finalist, ISA-INFORMS Best Industry Studies Paper Award
    Industry Studies Association (2011)
  • Runner-Up, Health Care Management Division Best Paper Award
    Academy of Management (2011)
  • Teacher of the Year
    Yale School of Public Health (2011)

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