Mary G. Findling, John M. Benson, and Robert J. Blendon of Harvard University

Mary G. Findling, John M. Benson, and Robert J. Blendon of Harvard University

Mary G. Findling Research Associate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
Mary works for the Harvard Opinion Research Program on public opinion for public health issues. She holds a PhD in Health Policy at Harvard University, and a Master of Science degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Harvard School of Public Health. John M. Benson Senior Research Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
John M. Benson is Managing Director of the Harvard Opinion Research Program and a Senior Research Scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. At Harvard since 1992, John has directed numerous national and international polling projects leading to more than 80 publications in Health Affairs, New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Public Opinion Quarterly, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Public Health Reports, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Food Safety, Milbank Quarterly, Archives of Internal Medicine, Social Science Research, and other domestic policy and polling journals. He is also co-author of American Public Opinion and Health Care (CQ Press). John has managed survey projects with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Public Radio, USA Today, and the Boston Globe. He also played a key role in the design and analysis of a series of surveys with the Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation on public knowledge, values, and attitudes on domestic policy issues. He has also served as a survey consultant to WebMD.com. Previously, John was Associate Editor of Public Perspective and Senior Opinion Analyst at The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, where he was instrumental in the development of the POLL database, an essential research tool in the field of public opinion. He has an M.A. in History of Science from the University of Wisconsin. Robert J. Blendon Richard L. Menschel Professor of Public Health and Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis, Emeritus, Harvard University Robert J. Blendon is Richard L. Menschel Professor of Public Health and Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis, Emeritus. He directs the Harvard Opinion Research Program, which focuses on the better understanding of public knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about health and other major domestic public policy issues. He also co-directs a joint polling project with NPR and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He has co-directed joint polling projects with Washington Post, NPR, Boston Globe and USA Today. He has received the Warren J. Mitofsky Award for excellence in public opinion research. He teaches a course on U.S. health politics at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Prior to his Harvard appointment, he was senior vice-president at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In addition, he has served as a senior consultant for the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Governors’ Association, and the U.S. Congress Committee on Ways and Means. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a doctoral degree in health policy from the School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.
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