Firoozeh Vali. PhD, MA, MS
Vice President of Research
New Jersey Hospital Association

Firoozeh Vali is a medical sociologist and health services researcher with broad and interdisciplinary experiences and interests in research, teaching and administration. Her executive responsibilities in the healthcare industry over the past 25 years have allowed her to develop and implement various research projects and educational programs. These initiatives have resulted in several notable outcomes:
  • Improved the competencies, practices and quality of care delivered by healthcare providers 
  • Increased access to publicly subsidized healthcare coverage for low-income populations 
  • Enhanced access, quality and outcomes of care in minority, immigrant, underserved, marginalized and disfranchised communities, such as those with high rates of poor and low-income populations, racial/ethnic minorities, and persons with special needs 
  • Increased effective and cross-cultural communications in healthcare 
  • Promoted health equity, inclusion and diversity in healthcare leadership and governance 
  • Fostered healthy behaviors and lifestyles in the general public 
Dr. Vali designed these projects to identify consumers, providers, policy-/system-level issues and barriers to providing quality care for diverse patients. The findings were used to develop policy, process and programmatic recommendations to address barriers to reducing healthcare disparities, and also to improve access and quality of care on a population basis. In her role as the project director or principal investigator of these initiatives, she leveraged grant funding from and established collaborations with foundations, state and federal agencies, community-based organizations and academic institutions. She also had oversight of ensuring optimal operations and coordination among all of the partners.

Dr. Vali’s study, “Combined Medical and Psychological Symptoms: Impact on Disability and Healthcare Utilization of Patients with Arthritis,” was selected by national scientific advisors to the Center for Advancement of Health as the most significant current research on the relationship between health and behavior. She has published other peer-reviewed journal articles and serves on numerous advisory councils and committees that are charged with developing and recommending statewide programs and priorities.

Dr. Vali received her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. Her dissertation focused on chronic conditions, disease surveillance, community needs assessment and improvement, and social determinants of health in diverse communities. She was a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral research fellow at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her research primarily focused on mental health system and services research. She currently provides limited consulting services in this area.