Dr. Mikki D. Waid serves as the Research Director of the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute. An economist by training, her research currently focuses on utilizing Medicare and other health data to analyze a wide variety of topics related to radiology and health, in general. Mikki enjoys using her extensive research experience to write sophisticated econometric programs in order to answer complex questions.
Mikki’s prior experience involved issues related to older Americans. More specifically, she was a Social Security expert who spent nearly 20 years researching topics related to Social Security and how the program affects the well-being of every-day Americans. Mikki also has experience building complex microeconomic simulation models in order to examine the effects of various Social Security proposals. Finally, Mikki has also enjoyed studying the differences in wealth accumulation by race and other demographic characteristics.
Prior to working at ACR, Mikki was a Senior Fellow for the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI), a Senior Policy Advisor at AARP, an Information Technology Specialist for The Congressional Research Service, and an Economist for the Social Security Administration.
Mikki received her Ph.D. in economics from The George Washington University in 2011 and dual Bachelors in Economics and Computer Science from Wellesley College in 1996.