Tom Parry is President 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.
Erin Peterson comes to IBI with a background in epidemiological surveillance for chronic disease. She has most recently served as a fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where her research focused on physical activity and active living policy surveillance. She has not only authored and contributed to several publication on these topics during her tenure at the CDC, she has also been active in leadership roles for active living research both within CDC, and between federal agencies. Erin received her Masters in Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology from the University of Texas School of Public Health at the Austin Regional Campus. While completing her studies, she worked on two NIH funded studies targeted at decreasing adolescent tobacco use and initiation.
Nicole joins IBI as a behavioral epidemiologist focusing on chronic disease risk factors including tobacco use and obesity. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University starting in the Center of the Study of Tobacco Products and continuing in the NCI-Funded T32 Cancer Prevention and Control Research Training Program in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy, where her research focused on tobacco prevention and control. At IBI, Nicole will bring her expertise and interests in data analysis, methodology, and health behaviors to support ongoing projects.
Nicole received her bachelor’s in Clinical Laboratory Science and Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After working in healthcare, she received her MPH and PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Texas School of Public Health at the Austin Regional Campus.