Susan B. Meister has devoted her career to child health policy, with an emphasis on the role of clinical research in policy analyses and decisions. For more than 20 years, she served as a member of the Harvard Working Group on Early Life and Adolescent Health Policy. She coauthored their interdisciplinary study of cost-effectiveness analysis, decision analysis, and technology assessment in policy studies, and with Dr. Julius Richmond, wrote a monograph about lessons learned from the first 15 years of the working group. She also led projects in health services and hospital payment policy for the California Association of Children’s Hospitals and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Dr. Meister is the founding chair of the Board of Advisors for the Child Health and Evaluation Research (CHEAR) unit in the University of Michigan Medical School and chair of the Duke University School of Nursing Board of Advisors. She is working with Dr. Richmond to further develop child health policy efforts at Harvard. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice. She received her B.S.N. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and her M.S.N. from Loyola University of Chicago.