Laura Lee Hall, PhD, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President
Dr. Hall brings 20 years of executive experience leading health advocacy, research, education, and quality improvement efforts. Dr. Laura Lee Hall is helping to launch SHC, LLC as its COO and EVP Prior to joining SHC, Dr. Hall founded and lead the Center for Quality and Office of Grants at the American College of Physicians (ACP), creating a network of more than 2000 primary care physicians in 19 states engaged in quality improvement (QI) activities along with the largest federally qualified registry for Medicare reporting. The Center for Quality initiatives in chronic pain and safe opioid use, as well as adult immunization and diabetes were supported by more than $12 million from the federal government, pharmaceutical industry, and foundations with demonstrated improvements in patient outcomes.
Prior to joining ACP 2011, Dr. Hall led Strategic Educational Initiatives at the American College of Cardiology (ACC), linking educational and performance improvement programming with the ACC clinical registries. Among her accomplishments at the ACC was the development and launch of the credo – Coalition to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in CV Outcomes; award-winning in situ simulation programs aimed at reducing door-to-balloon time especially in the treatment of STEMI with a hospital transfer; and atrial fibrillation QI initiatives that resulted in increased evidence-based stroke prevention efforts.
Dr. Hall had previously served as the deputy director of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), leading advocacy, communications, and research activities. In this capacity, Dr. Hall led the first successful national advocacy effort to reduce insurance discrimination against mental illness treatment. In addition, she authored major reports on state policies for the treatment of children and youth with mental illness, research advances concerning schizophrenia treatment, a nationwide comparison of health insurance coverage for mental illnesses, and a comparison of vocational rehabilitation programs nationwide. Dr. Hall led the efforts to train patients and care-giving family members to participate on IRBs, promoting important and safe research on severe mental illnesses. And she wrote the patient- and family-member guide to schizophrenia treatment, published with the Schizophrenia PORT (Patient Outcomes Research Team) at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
Dr. Hall began her post-graduate career as a senior scientific analyst at the U.S. Congress’ Office of Technology Assessment, leading the development of reports on advances in neurosciences relevant to mental illness and the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act employment provisions to mental illness. The former led to a congressional hearing and increased funding for the National Institute of Mental Health and the latter to the regulations developed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Dr. Hall graduated summa cum laude from St. Francis University in Pennsylvania in 1983 and received her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the Naval Medical School, U.S.U.H.S. in 1988. Her post-doctoral work was conducted at the National Institutes of Health and Bloomberg School of Public Health at JHU. She currently serves as an adjunct professor at JHU and has authored dozens of journal articles, reports, book chapters, and presentations. She was the editor of a text book on genetics and mental illness and has appeared on Good Morning America to discuss the impact of discrimination on people with mental illness and their families. Dr. Hall is the proud mother of Henry and Isabella Pazaryna, and wife of the Rev. Dr. John Randolph Price, whom she resides with in Anne Arundel county Maryland.