Task Force

Michelle Keller, PhD, MPH

University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Keller is a health services researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles with an emphasis on epidemiology and qualitative research methods. Her research has involved improving medication management among older patients, reducing low-value health care, promoting patient-clinician communication, and informatics. Additionally, Dr. Keller is a member of the Cedars-Sinai Division of Informatics, and she also serves on CHBRP’s cost team.

Dr. Keller is currently working on the evaluation of patient-centered interventions for deprescribing high-risk medications including opioids, benzodiazepines, and sleep medications among older adults. She has recently conducted research to examine how patient comorbidities and risk factors are incorporated when clinicians prescribe opioids, reasons underlying the adoption of opioid risk mitigation strategies, and how prescription-level data can be utilized to understand opioid and benzodiazepine prescriptions on a population level. Dr. Keller has also been involved in informatics research to study the effectiveness of health information technologies that aim to improve medical decision-making, and she has co-authored peer-reviewed papers on various topics, such as how bedside computers hinder communication in critical care surgical units and the impact of computerized appropriateness alerts on patients’ length of stay and inpatient costs.

Dr. Keller received both her MPH and PhD from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management, and her BA in Human Biology from Stanford University. Prior to working in the field of health policy and services, she worked as a journalist for national newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.