Gillian SteelFisher

Gillian SteelFisher was a panelist for the Forum’s discussion on Childcare and Health in America and Eradicating Polio.

Ms. SteelFisher is a Senior Research Scientist and is Deputy Director of the Harvard Opinion Research Program.  She directs HORP’s international projects, aiming to better understand the ways that the public is responding to major public health issues across the globe.  Gillian has worked in the field of public opinion for more than a decade.  Prior to coming to HORP, she served as a Senior Project Director and the Director of Strategy for Cogent Research, an opinion research firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  In that capacity, she directed dozens of quantitative surveys and qualitative studies both domestically and internationally.  Gillian lectures regularly on the history of politics in health policy, the role of public opinion, and the use of mixed methods to study health, including focus groups and in-depth interviews, as well as quantitative surveys.  She received her Ph.D. in Health Policy from Harvard University and served as an Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) Fellow in Health Services Research in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  Gillian received her Masters in health behavior and communication from Harvard School of Public Health.  She completed her undergraduate degree in Ethics, Politics and Economics at Yale University.