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 current research interests are 1) how health care organizations enhance their safety, reliability, and resilience, and 2) interventions to improve the well-being of the health care workforce.
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 Monbukagakusho 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.