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NERI’s Institute for Health Services and Disparities Research is co-directed by Lisa Marceau and John McKinlay. Their work is focused on health services, disparities, and policy.

John McKinlay   Lisa Marceau
John McKinlay, PhD, FACE
Senior VP and Director
Co-director, Institute for Health Services and Disparities Research
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  Lisa Marceau, MPH
VP, Media and Communications Research
Co-director, Institute for Health Services and Disparities Research
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John McKinlay, PhD, FACEJohn McKinlay, PhD, FACE

Founding Director and Senior Vice President
Co-Director, Health Services and Disparities Research

Role at NERI

Dr. McKinlay is an internationally respected health services researcher/social epidemiologist, with long-standing interests in professionalism, help-seeking behavior, primary care doctoring and clinical decision making. His interest in the help-seeking behavior of the poor spans over 30 years. He has authored, co-authored or edited over 400 professional papers and 17 books.

  • Ph.D. in Medical Sociology, Department of Sociology, King's College, Aberdeen University, Scotland
  • BA, University of Wellington, New Zealand
Areas of Interest
  • Non-medical influences on clinical decision making 
  • The social origins of health disparities, especially the influence of physician decision making
  • Social epidemiology and epidemiologic field methods
  • Urologic epidemiology, endocrinology and pre-diabetes/diabetes
  • Health services research and healthy public policy
  • The future of primary care
Awards, Honors, and Affiliations
  • NIH Merit Award (“for investigators whose research competence and productivity are distinctly superior”) 1987-1992, renewed 1992-1997
  • American Psychological Association (For Distinguished and Pioneering Contributions to Research on Women's Health), 1994
  • Leo G. Reeder Award (For Distinguished Contributions to Medical Sociology) American Sociological Association, 1995
  • Listed in American Men and Women of Science Citation Classics (Several papers among the most frequently referenced in the discipline)
  • Buckeye Lecturer, American Society of Andrology, Louisville Kentucky, April 2000.
    NIH Matilda White Riley Lecture (2008)
  • American Sociological Association's Distinguished Career Award (For the Practice of Sociology), 2008
  • Consultant in Epidemiology, Division of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School), 1975-present
  • Formerly Professor of Sociology, Research Professor of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Boston University (1971-1995)

Lisa MarceauLisa Marceau

Vice President, Media and Communications Research
Co-Director, Institute for Health Services and Disparities Research

Role at NERI
For nearly two decades, Lisa Marceau has had a particular interest in the improvement of population health and the way in which health system interventions can produce meaningful change. Her work with patient-provider interactions, particularly involving the use of factorial experiments and multilevel approaches to estimate the effects of non-medical/organizational factors on disparities in health have been a keen interest. Importantly, her interests have been in moving beyond patient and physician factors to understand organizational and system level influences to affect change on a broader scale. In studying the health care system, the role of the patient, and the role of the physician, Ms. Marceau has, with colleagues at NERI, investigated important questions surrounding where disparities are generated, and what causes amplification of these disparities.


  • MPH, Boston University
  • Long career working in occupational, environmental, and public health organizations and companies.
Areas of Interest

  • The improvement of population health and the way in which health system interventions can produce meaningful change
  • The dissemination to target audiences of high quality research through 21st century media technologies
  • Comparative effectiveness
  • Organization and system contributions to health disparities
  • The use of factorial experimental methods to understand variations in care
  • The future of primary care practice
Awards, Honors, and Affiliations


  • Member, Project Management Institute
  • Media programs developed under Ms. Marceau’s executive direction have won:
    • 3 Telly Awards
    • Cine Golden Eagle
    • Videographer Award
    • Aesculapius Award
    • Member, Silver Telly Council

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Heretic's Corner
10/4/2011 - Posted by NERI Upstream
For example, how useful is it to encourage households in poverty (experiencing food insecurity) to consume more costly “healthful” diets (lean meats, whole grains and fresh vegetables and fruit). The examples are endless............