Dr. Yakusheva is an economist with research interests in health economics and health services research. Yakusheva's area of expertise is econometric methods for causal inference, data architecture, and secondary analyses of big data. The primary focus of Yakusheva’s research is the study the work of nurses. Yakusheva pioneered the development of a new method for outcomes-based clinician performance productivity measurement using the electronic medical records. With this work, Yakusheva was able to measure, for the first time, the value-added contributions of individual nurses to patient outcomes. This work has won her national recognition earning her the Best of AcademyHealth Research Meeting Award in 2014. Yakusheva is currently working to uncover traits and success strategies of highly-effective nurses, including education, experience, and expertise—and most recently practice-informed design-thinking and innovation.
Yakusheva is a team scientist who has contributed methodological expertise to many interdisciplinary projects including hospital readmissions, primary care providers, obesity, pregnancy and birth, and peer effects on health behaviors and outcomes
Yakusheva led the design of the Healthcare Innovation and Impact Program (HiiP) at the School of Nursing and was appointment to the position of the first HiiP Director in September of 2019.