Stephen Resch is a health decision scientist currently serving as Deputy Director of the Center for Health Decision Science and a member of the Health Policy and Management faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health. Stephen Resch is also a Senior Technical Advisor at the Results for Development Institute.
His primary research interests are health resource allocation, operational efficiency of health care service delivery, and the adaptation of decision analytic methods to important public health challenges.
He has had a longstanding commitment to evidence-based policy, closely coupling his research with program development and evaluation in the field. He has developed computer-based simulation models of tuberculosis and HIV epidemics to estimate the future burden of disease from these epidemics and the cost-effectiveness of tuberculosis control strategies in international settings.
He has previously been at Abt Associates, where he served as the principal investigator and/or technical leader of a diverse number of domestic and international projects, ranging from the estimation of current and future long-term care needs of California prisoners to the assessment of financial sustainability and human resource needs of HIV programs in PEPFAR-focus countries.
Current projects include:
- developing decision tools and building capacity for evidence-based policy regarding the prioritization of new vaccines in Latin America
- modeling the cost-effectiveness of packages of maternal health interventions
- estimating the return-on-investment of antiretroviral treatment for HIV/AIDS
- development of decision tools to support strategic planning and resource allocation within HIV/AIDS programs
- examining physicians' perceptions of the evidence base for their clinical decision-making
- examining systematic differences in attitudes of clinicians and non-clinicians toward alternative resource allocation schemes
- valuation of health in developing countries