Alden Lai is a Sir Arthur Newsholme Scholar and Ph.D. candidate in Health Policy & Management (Organizational Behavior focus) at Johns Hopkins University. Driven in applying research to optimize human and organizational performance in knowledge-intensive industries, he has 8 years of global research and consulting experiences in human capital and organizational management across different ecosystems in health care: research institutions, federal governments, state governments, health care systems, and pharmaceutical companies. He has received >$500K in individual scholarships and grants during his undergraduate and graduate education, and started his academic career in behavioral medicine. He is currently investigating how primary care provider organizations address and improve their safety performance through the perspectives of sensemaking and organizational learning.
His work has appeared in Journal of Health Communication, Medical Education, BMC Health Services Research, Patient, Education & Counseling, PLOS ONE, and more. He has extensive experience in qualitative research. At Johns Hopkins, he collaborates with faculty at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and Carey Business School on a variety of quantitative and qualitative research projects related to effective teams, leadership development, health policy, patient safety, and quality improvement. He is further involved in executive education as well as teaching doctoral, Master's, and undergraduate students in these topics.
Active internationally, he served as Chair of the European Health Psychology Society's early career researcher division, Visiting Scholar at Fukushima Medical University, and Visiting Fellow at 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 professional association for management and organization scholars.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from National University of Singapore, and a Master of Public Health from The University of Tokyo as a Japanese Government Monbukagakusho Scholar.