Alden Lai is a PhD Candidate in Health Policy and Management (Organizational Behavior focus) and Sir Arthur Newsholme Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research focuses on how the cognition of health care managers and professionals affect the way health care organizations approach elusive, yet pertinent goals like patient safety, patient-centeredness, and health equity. He is also interested in the productivity and well-being of the health care workforce. Currently, he is investigating how patient-centered medical homes engage in anticipatory thinking to enhance their safety performance.
At Johns Hopkins, Alden collaborates with faculty at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and Carey Business School on projects related to health care leadership and management, patient safety and quality improvement, and health policy. He is further involved in executive education as well as teaching doctoral, Master's, and undergraduate students in these topics. His previous work has appeared in the Journal of Health Communication, BMC Health Services Research, Patient, Education & Counseling, PLOS ONE, Medical Education, and more.
Active globally, he has worked with research institutions, federal and state governments, and health care systems across Asia and Europe. His professional experiences include education research in a large health system, human capital management consulting, and strategy work at a social marketing startup whose success has been documented as a Harvard Business School case. He also served as Chair of the European Health Psychology Society's early career researcher division, and Visiting Fellow at Fukushima Medical University and Ho Chi Minh City Medicine & Pharmacy University. Currently, he serves on the Executive Board of the Health Care Management Division at the Academy of Management, the world's largest association for management and organization scholars.
Alden received a Master of Public Health from the University of Tokyo as a Japan MEXT Scholar, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the National University of Singapore. In 2018, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health awarded him the inaugural Show Chwan Scholarship in Health Care Management.