Brenna O’Masta is the Assistant Director of the Health Economics and Evaluation Research Program at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (CHPR). She currently manages multiple projects, including an evaluation of CalAIM’s PATH initiative for the California Department of Health Care Services, a report on unified financing planning for California Health and Human Services Agency, a study on the impact of the Aliso Canyon Disaster on healthcare utilization for the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, and a report to the legislature on dental anesthesia and sedation in California for the California Department of Public Health.

Her past projects with the HEER program include evaluations of Whole Person Care, the Health Homes Program, and Housing for a Healthy California. Her primary area of focus for these evaluations were quantitative analysis of medical claims and encounter data.

Prior to joining UCLA CHPR, O’Masta worked at the University of Cambridge with the clinical informatics group. In this role, she facilitated research using data from a newly acquired electronic health record. She also worked as a senior analyst at a life science and public health consulting company in Washington, D.C., where she managed a large-scale meta-analysis of ADHD risk factors for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

O’Masta has a master’s degree in public health in epidemiology from the University of Washington (UW) and a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from the University of Virginia.