Faculty Directory

Lindsey J. Leininger

Clinical Professor of Business Administration; Faculty Director, Center for Health Care






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 an expert in public health policy. Her work is driven by a fierce commitment to improving health outcomes among medically and socioeconomically vulnerable populations. She has a longstanding interest in the health care safety net and a newer line of work on fighting “infodemics” – outbreaks of medical misinformation that flare alongside outbreaks of disease. At Tuck, she teaches courses on data-driven decision-making in the health sector. She also serves as Faculty Director for the Center for Health Care. Prior to Tuck, Lindsey spent a decade leading research and technical assistance projects for public health insurers, both as an academic and as a think-tank researcher. She holds a PhD in health policy from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.

Current Research Topics

  • Fighting medical misinformation, particularly about infectious disease
  • Health care safety net

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

Board memberships

  • Board member, co-founder, inaugural CEO. Those Nerdy Girls/Dear Pandemic science translation platform

Selected Publications

  • With Those Nerdy Girls. “Fight Like a Nerdy Girl: The Dear Pandemic Playbook for Combating Health Misinformation.” American Journal of Health Promotion. 2022. 36(3): 563-567.
  • With S. Orzol, M. Levere, and N. Early, “Contemporaneous and Long-Term Effects of CHIP Eligibility Expansion.” Journal of Health Economics, 64: 80-92, 2019
  • With B. Saloner and L. Wherry, “Predicting High-Cost Pediatric Patients: Derivation and Validation of a Population-Based Model,” Medical Care, 53(8), 2015