People of the Injury Prevention Center


Biography

Dr. Haffajee, a trained lawyer and health policy researcher, is a Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She was the Policy Analysis Activities Lead on the Policy Workgroup in the Outreach and Translation Core at the U-M Injury Prevention Center. Dr. Haffajee’s research combines detailed legal analyses with empirical investigations of the relationships between law and health.

Research Interests

Dr. Haffajee substantively focuses her research on behavioral health and pharmaceutical policy areas, evaluating policies such as mental health/substance abuse parity and laws intended to curb opioid addiction and misuse, like prescription drug monitoring programs. Some of her projects include, but are not limited to:
- An evaluation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) using OptumInsight data and a novel legal dataset of preexisting state parity laws, to assess the effects of MHPAEA on mental health care utilization and out-of-pocket costs.
- Using OptumInsight data, an evaluation of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) using novel legal datasets to test the effects of robust PDMPs on prescribing and overdose outcomes.
- An evaluation of the effects of state opioid policies on opioid-overdose deaths using CDC WONDER data and on opioid prescribing using OptumInsight data.