Research Collaborators

Mark Schlesinger, Ph.D.

Research Collaborator

Mark Schlesinger, Ph.D. is a professor of health policy and director of undergraduate studies at the School of Public Health and a fellow of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University. Mark collaborates with Rachel on a qualitative evaluation of the Center’s patient advocacy services and with Rachel and Sarah on other health policy projects. He has worked with a variety of health advocacy initiatives and has for the past decade been on the board of directors at Community Catalyst, a nonprofit organization devoted to developing the capacity of consumer advocates to influence state-level health policymaking.


Mark is co-editor (with Rachel) of Patients as Policy Actors (Rutgers University Press, 2011), past editor of the Journal of Health Policy, Politics, and Law, and author of multiple articles including:

  • Rosenthal M, M Schlesinger. Not afraid to blame: The neglected role of blame attribution in medical consumerism and some implications for health policy. Milbank Quarterly 2002; 80(1): 41-95.
  • Schlesinger M, S Mitchell, B Elbel. Voices unheard: Barriers to the expression of dissatisfaction with health plans Milbank Quarterly 2002; 80(4): 709-755.
  • B Elbel, M Schlesinger, A neglected aspect of medical consumerism: responsive consumers in markets for health plans Milbank Quarterly 2009; 87(3): 633-82.
  • M. Schlesinger. Choice cuts: parsing policymakers’ pursuit of patient empowerment from an individual perspective Journal of Health Economics, Policy and Law 2010; 5(3): 365-87.

Mark’s scholarship centers on peoples’ decision-making processes in complicated circumstances, such as evaluating medical experiences, choosing among health care providers, or assessing the legitimacy of health and social policies. He has consulted to a half dozen federal agencies and more than a dozen state governments on issues ranging from informed consumer decision-making in medical settings to maintaining the viability of the nonprofit sector in American health care.

Nancy Pandhi, MD, Ph.D., MPH

Research Collaborator

Nancy Pandhi received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and her M.D. from Medical College of Virginia. During her years at the Shenandoah Valley Family Practice Residency, she received a grant from the John Templeton Foundation to develop and implement a longitudinal spirituality and medicine curriculum. She was a recipient of the AAFP Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education and the Resident Teaching Award. She also served as the resident member of the Family Medicine Residency Review Committee and the resident representative to the board of the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors.
Following residency, Nancy came to Wisconsin and completed the department’s NRSA research fellowship. She completed her MPH degree while a fellow, and then completed a PhD in Population Health Sciences.


Nancy’s research program is directed towards effective ambulatory care redesign for vulnerable populations. She completed a K-08 Career Development Award from NIH/NIA. Currently funded areas of interest include the integration of behavioral health and primary care, and patient engagement in care redesign. Nancy’s clinical practice is at the William T. Evjue Clinic of Access Community Health Centers.

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