Alden Lai, PhD MPH
Assistant Professor of Public Health Policy & Management
College of Global Public Health
Stern School of Business (affiliated)
New York University
Dr. Alden Lai is a management scholar who researches organizational cognition and workforce issues in health care and public health. He investigates the ways health care professionals and managers handle complex, ambiguous, or novel information at work, and how these processes contribute to the safety and quality performance of health care organizations. He also studies how people foster resilience and derive meaningfulness in their jobs to better understand issues related to burnout and workplace wellness.
Dr. Lai has worked with universities, federal and state governments, health systems, and research foundations internationally. His professional experiences include being a management consultant, social enterprise strategist, and education researcher. He was also Visiting Fellow at Fukushima Medical University (Japan) and Ho Chi Minh City Medicine & Pharmacy University (Vietnam), Chair of the European Health Psychology Society’s early career researcher division, and executive board member in the Academy of Management's Division of Health Care Management.
He completed his PhD in Health Policy & Management (Organizational Behavior) at Johns Hopkins University as a Sir Arthur Newsholme Scholar, MPH at The University of Tokyo as a Monbukagakusho Scholar, and BA (Psychology) at the National University of Singapore.