Sara (Sally) Bachman , M.S., PhD.


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  • Education
    • Master of Science in Epidemiology, University of Massachusetts School of Public Health
    • PhD, Brandeis University, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management (Pew Health Policy Fellow)


As director of the Center for Advancing Health Policy and Practice and principal investigator for the Catalyst Center, Sally Bachman brings more than 20 years of experience in health policy research and program evaluation to the organization.

Sally is a national expert in health care financing and organization, especially alternative payment strategies. Her work focuses on health care finance, health reform, and state health policy for individuals with disabilities or complex health and social conditions, including children and youth with special health care needs and people living with HIV/AIDS. She has served as principal investigator of multiple projects funded by federal, state, local, and private sources. Her work is conducted in transdisciplinary teams that include members of the target community.

Sally is Associate Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work, where she chairs the Research Department, and Research Associate Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health. She also chairs the Charles River Campus Institutional Review Board. She has served in multiple board leadership roles for many Boston area non-profit organizations.

Moment of Pride

Nominated by students four times to receive the School of Social Work's Teaching Excellence Award.

Fast Fact

Sally is an avid reader and often has four or five books going at the same time, including audio books.