Lianlian Lei, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Lianlian Lei, Ph.D., is a health services and policy researcher with interests in aging, dementia care, caregivers, and Medicare Advantage. Specifically, her research has focused on the drivers of health care costs and utilization among older adults, particularly those living with dementia.

Dr. Lei earned her Ph.D. in Health Services Research & Policy from the University of Rochester. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and a member of the Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation (IHPI). She aims to improve health and wellbeing of frail, older adults through rigorous research that could impact health policy.

Areas of Interest

  • Impact of informal caregiving on health care utilization of both older adults living with dementia and caregivers
  • Reciprocal health impacts within a family
  • Medicare Advantage plan choice among older adults
  • Use of nationally representative surveys and claims data
  • Application of causal inference methodologies to identify causal links between spousal dyads


  • B.A., Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu, China
  • M.A., Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Shanghai, China
  • Ph.D., University of Rochester, Rochester NY

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