Helen Parsons
Office Address:
D369 Mayo
Mailing Address:

420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 729
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Helen Parsons, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy & Management


PhD, Health Services Research, Policy, and Administration, University of Minnesota, 2011
MPH, Public Health Administration and Policy, University of Minnesota, 2008
AB, Government, Dartmouth College


My research focuses on the benefits, risks, and results of healthcare interventions so that patients, clinicians and policy makers can make more informed decisions. I have expertise in mixed-methods research, employing a combination of clinical registries, administrative data (e.g., Medicare), surveys and focus groups to understand how adoption of new programs and policies influence reimbursement and health outcomes. Much of my work focuses on cancer survivorship, where I have expertise in implementation and evaluation of large survivorship studies, including the development and use of survey and administrative data to examine health and psychosocial outcomes.My overall goal is to identify effective strategies to improve the quality and value of healthcare.


Cancer survivorship; administrative/claims data; health policy; adolescents and young cancer survivors; Medicare/Medicaid; chronic disease; quality of care

Awards and Recognition

  • The Presidential Distinguished Junior Research Scholar Award, University of Texas Health Science Center (2016)
  • The Michael Kamin Hart Award of Excellence in Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer, The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, Ontario (2013)
  • AcademyHealth Outstanding Dissertation Award (2012)

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