Tom Parry is President Emeritus of Integrated Benefits Institute.
Before co-founding IBI, he served 11 years as Research Director at the California Workers’ Compensation Institute. His research at CWCI encompassed a wide variety of topics in workers’ compensation, including medical treatment patterns, vocational rehabilitation costs and effectiveness, legal costs and trends, medical utilization, mental stress claims, and physical therapy patterns of care. While at CWCI, Parry was engaged in some of the earliest research and analysis on 24-hour coverage and integrated benefits.
Parry speaks on integrated benefits and health and productivity issues at conferences and symposia in the United States and internationally. He served for five years as research advisor to the Roadway Express Inc. Medical Board. Parry received his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.
Brian Gifford, Ph.D.Director, Research and Analytics
Brian Gifford is the Director of Research and Analytics at the Integrated Benefits Institute.
Brian joined IBI in September 2008 and is responsible for a variety of research and analytic programs focused on the investment value of a healthy, high-performing workforce. Brian came to IBI from the RAND Corporation, where his research focused primarily on workforce recruitment, training, performance and retention. Prior to RAND, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Scholars in Health Policy Research Program at the University of California, Berkeley. He has additional expertise in the sociology of organizations.
He received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in sociology from New York University. His Ph.D. dissertation on institutional determinants of public social welfare spending received the American Sociological Association’s annual Dissertation Award in 2004.
Gia Harris is the Manager of Marketing & Communications at Integrated Benefits Institute.
Before joining IBI, she worked in digital health marketing after several years as a worker’s compensation underwriter. Gia has worked on the staff of several literary journals, the most recent of which published work from the medical humanities field. Of late, her research has regarded the use of new media to disseminate health information and influence health behavior change.
Gia received her bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College, where she dual-concentrated in Health & Society and Fiction Writing. She went on to receive her Master’s in Public Health from University of Pennsylvania, emphasizing in health communication.
Rico Lin is the Data Analyst at Integrated Benefits Institute.
Before joining IBI, he worked as an intern for Kaiser Permanente, where he assisted the Customer Analytics and Reporting Department. At Kaiser, Rico completed ad hoc requests and updated client portfolio tools used by the account management team. Some of his most significant accomplishments during his internship include developing a master dataset used to measure the department’s performance and constructing a master data visualization template for the department’s ad hoc reports.
Rico received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Statistics from the University of California at Davis.