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Laura Barrie Smith

Laura Barrie Smith

Research Associate


Laura Barrie Smith is a research associate in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute. She studies a broad range of health policy topics related to primary care services delivery, access to care, and the health care workforce. She has extensive experience using large claims and electronic health record datasets in her research.

Before joining Urban, Smith worked at the Lewin Group, where she focused on Medicare and Medicaid policy research.

Smith holds a BA in mathematics from St. Olaf College and a PhD in health services research, with an emphasis in health economics, from the University of Minnesota. While at the University of Minnesota, she was awarded an R36 dissertation grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for her research on nurse practitioner scope of practice laws.

Research Areas

Health and Health Policy

Centers & Initiatives

Health Policy Center