Our Team

Catherine “Katie” Hylas Saunders, MPH

Research Assistant, PhD Student
The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice

Katie works with the Preference Laboratory to study ways to improve communication between patients and their clinicians.  She previously worked in healthcare communications, managing the clinical research communications team for a large multi-state health system and then the health and public service communications program for a multinational professional services firm.  Doing this work, she realized that even the best health care policies and systems leave major gaps for patients: confusion, inconvenience and even outright harm. She wants to work to close these gaps.  Specifically, she’s interested in identifying ways to improve communication and coordination when people are seriously ill and most vulnerable.

Katie is currently completing a PhD at The Dartmouth Institute (TDI) in Lebanon, N.H.; she also holds a BA in sociology from Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT and an MPH from TDI in Lebanon, N.H.  She lives in Thetford Center, VT with her husband and big, shaggy dog.