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Lindsey J. Leininger

Clinical Professor of Business Administration






PhD, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, 2007; MA, Northeastern University, 2001; AB, Princeton University, 1999

Areas of Expertise

Health care, data analytics, public policy


Dr. Lindsey Leininger is a public health scientist with expertise in data-driven health policy. A dedicated educator, her primary professional passion is teaching health care leaders how to make intelligent use of medical and public health data. Her current research focuses on fighting “infodemics” – outbreaks of medical misinformation that flare alongside outbreaks of disease. She is a co-editor of a new infodemiology journal, Journal of Medical Internet Research: Infodemiology. As part of an all-female team of “Nerdy Girl” scientists, Lindsey led the @DearPandemic science communication campaign, garnering over 115k social media followers, hundreds of media appearances, and dozens of invited speaking engagements ranging from middle school classrooms to global institutions. Prior to joining Dartmouth, she spent a decade leading research and technical assistance projects for health care safety net programs, both in academic and think-tank settings. Lindsey earned her PhD in health policy from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.

Current Research Topics

  • Science communication, particularly in the context of health crises

Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Clinical Professor of Business Administration, Tuck School of Business, 2018–present
  • Assistant Professor and Research Assistant Professor, University of Illinois-Chicago, 2012–15
  • Researcher, Chapin Hill at the University of Chicago, 2010–12
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008–10
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Human Potential and Public Policy, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago, 2007–08

Nonacademic positions

  • Associate Director and Senior Health Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research, University of Chicago, 2015–18

Editorial positions

  • Co-editor, Journal of Medical Internet Research: Infodemiology

Board memberships

  • Secretary (executive officer), Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science

Working Papers

  • With M. Tomaino and E. Meara, “Health-Related Quality of Life in High-Cost, High-Need Populations.”
  • With the Nerdy Girls, “Lessons Learned from @DearPandemic, a Social-Media Based Science Communication Project Targeting the COVID-19 Infodemic.”

Selected Publications

  • With the Nerdy Girls, “@DearPandemic: Nurses as Key Partners in Fighting the COVID-19 Infodemic.” Public Health Nursing, April 2021
  • With S. Orzol, M. Levere, and N. Early, “Contemporaneous and Long-Term Effects of CHIP Eligibility Expansion.” Journal of Health Economics, 64, 2020
  • With T. DeLeire, “Predictive Modeling for Population Health Management: A Practical Guide," Issue Brief, Mathematica Policy Research, Chicago, IL, February 2017
  • With B. Saloner and L. Wherry, “Predicting High-Cost Pediatric Patients: Derivation and Validation of a Population-Based Model,” Medical Care, 53(8), 2015