Ashley-Kay Fryer is a doctoral candidate in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Business School. Her research interests include how organizational behavior and design affect the implementation and spread of quality improvement initiatives and delivery models within and across healthcare settings. Her dissertation research focuses on the role of nursing leadership in quality improvement implementation effectiveness in the hospital setting.
Ashley-Kay received an AB cum laude with high honors in a self-designed interdisciplinary major, “The Determinants of Population Health,” and minor in Health Policy from Harvard College in 2008. Following graduation, she spent a year working in equity research sales for JPMorgan Chase, before joining The Commonwealth Fund, a private healthcare research foundation, as a research associate. At the Commonwealth Fund Ashley co-authored comparative healthcare reports, such as the Commonwealth Fund Scorecard series that evaluates U.S. healthcare system performance at the national, state, and regional levels. She also analyzed Fund-sponsored surveys and co-authored journal articles and issue briefs. Most recently, she served as a research associate for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s healthcare innovation team.