Dr. Shelby Hockenberry is associate director of health policy for the Healthcare Payment and Delivery Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center. She has spent nearly 20 years engaged in various aspects of health policy development, research and analysis, and stakeholder negotiation. Prior to joining BPC, Dr. Hockenberry spent several years in the private health insurance industry designing and conducting research, providing analysis, and developing positions on pressing health policy issues affecting the industry. Her work centered on health care financing and payment reform, pharmaceutical costs and coverage design, improvements to opioid coverage and substance abuse policies, mental health coverage, and risk mitigation strategies, first at Independence Blue Cross then at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
Dr. Hockenberry spent a decade in academia, initially as a policy researcher then as a professor of political science, where she focused her research on the role of international organizations in health policy, pharmaceutical pricing policies, and the financing of global health initiatives. Dr. Hockenberry’s research has been presented at many international forums including the United Nations, and she has served as a key investigator on research grants from UN agencies, governments, and foundations.
Prior to her time in academia, Dr. Hockenberry began her career in Washington as an analyst for a state government affairs firm and with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. While at NASMHPD, she was a key researcher on several projects including the Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project, a groundbreaking national initiative coordinated by the Council of State Governments to improve the criminal justice system’s response to people affected by mental illness, and the Technical Assistance Coalition, a partnership that provided training on a range of health policy issues to state and local behavioral health systems.
Dr. Hockenberry earned her Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Delaware. Her dissertation focused on the role of public-private partnerships in the evolution of policy paradigms in response to the changing nature of global governance. She also holds Master’s degrees in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Delaware and in American Studies from Georgetown University where her thesis focused on mental health parity in insurance coverage. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from Gettysburg College. A native Washingtonian, Dr. Hockenberry was inspired to pursue a career in health policy as a result of her experience as a legislative intern in the United States Senate while a senior in high school.