Sara (Sally) Bachman, M.S., Ph.D.
Director, Principal Investigator
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.
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)
- Principal Investigator. The Catalyst Center: A National Center for Health Insurance and Financing for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (CYSHCN). MCHB, HRSA, DHHS. U41MC13618.
- Principal Investigator. Options for Financing Care Coordination for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs. (Co-PI: Meg Comeau). Lucille Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. 2014-0086 a.
- Bachman, S. S., Abel, S., and Reznik, D. "New Approaches to Oral Health Care for People living with HIV/AIDS." Public Health Reports Supplement on Oral Health for People Living with HIV/AIDS 127, edited by Sara S. Bachman, Supplement 2, (2012): 3-4.
- Bachman, S. S. "Accountable Care Organizations: Opportunities for social workers." Health and Social Work 36, no. 4 (2011): 245-247.
Moment of Pride
Nominated by students four times to receive the School of Social Work's Teaching Excellence Award.
Sally is an avid reader and often has four or five books going at the same time, including audio books.