Dr. Simpson is the president and CEO of AcademyHealth, and its advocacy arm, the Coalition for Health Services Research. A nationally recognized health policy researcher and pediatrician, Dr. Simpson is a passionate advocate for the translation of research into policy and practice.
Before joining AcademyHealth, Dr. Simpson was director of the Child Policy Research Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and professor of pediatrics in the Division of Health Policy and Clinical Effectiveness, Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati. She served as the Deputy Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality from 1996-2002. She previously served on the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Comparative Effectiveness Research Priorities and the Committee on Highly Effective Clinical Services, as a National Policy Advisor for the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality, on a national advisory committee to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recommending a core quality measure set for use by state Medicaid and CHIP programs, and on the board of directors for the Academic Pediatric Association.
Dr. Simpson is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Obesity Leadership Workgroup, the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program National Advisory Council, and the AHRQ HCUP Steering Committee.
Dr. Simpson's research focuses on improving the performance of the health care system and includes studies of the quality and safety of care, the role of health information technology in improving the quality of care, health and health care disparities and the health policy and system response to childhood obesity. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Excellence in Public Service Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Senior Executive Service Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Distinguished Service Award, the 2007 Health Policy Researcher of the Year award from the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, and most recently the 2010 Public Policy and Advocacy award from the Academic Pediatrics Association.
Dr. Simpson earned her undergraduate and medical degrees at Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland), a master’s in public health at the University of Hawaii, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health services research and health policy at the University of California, San Francisco.