Jan Ambrose, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Finance and Risk Management and Insurance Program
Office: College Hall 420
Dr. Ambrose received her B.S. in Finance at Miami of Ohio and her MA and PhD in Risk and Insurance at The Wharton School. She began her career at La Salle in 1991 and is now Associate Professor and Chair of the Finance Department. She teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of corporate finance, financial markets, and risk and insurance, her area of specialization.
Dr. Ambrose’s research interests include insurer insolvency prediction, medical malpractice insurance crises, and myriad public policy issues surrounding managed health care. Her publications have appeared in the Journal of Risk and Insurance, the Journal of Insurance Issues, Risk Management and Insurance Review, and the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. She serves as an Associate Editor for The Journal of Insurance Issues and is an active participant in the American Risk and Insurance Association through research presentations and committee involvement.
Dr. Ambrose strongly believes in the importance of building the link between theory and practice and in contributing to her community. Thus, she lends her expertise on insurance, finance, and leadership issues by volunteering as a board member of The Swarthmore Food Cooperative and by serving as treasurer for the Board of Directors of the Greater Philadelphia Association for Recovery Education.
Areas of Expertise
- Health care economics and policy
- Risk management
- Corporate finance
- Ph.D., The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
- M.A., The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
- B.S., Miami University
- Fundamentals of Risk and Insurance
- Enterprise Risk Management
- Employee Benefit Planning
- Financial Markets
- Corporate Finance
“Medical Malpractice Reform and Insurer Claims Defense: Unintended Effects?” with Anne Carroll, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, vol. 32, no. 5, October 2007.
“Medical Malpractice Reform: The Effect on Insurer Claims Defense Effort,” with Anne Carroll, abstract published by the Working Paper Series of The Geneva Association in Etudes et Dossiers No. 302, proceedings of the World Risk and Insurance Economics Congress Inaugural Conference, November 2005.
“Any-Willing-Provider Laws: Their Financial Effect on HMOs,” with Anne Carroll, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, vol. 27, no. 6, December 2002.
“Managed Mental Health Care: Stakeholder Effects and Policy Implications,” with Helen Doerpinghaus, Risk Management and Insurance Review, vol. 3, no. 2, Fall 2000.
“Medical Malpractice Reform: The Effect on Insurer Claims Defense Effort,” with Anne Carroll, La Salle University School of Business Brown Bag Lunch Series, November 2007.
“Medical Malpractice Reform: The Effect on Insurer Claims Defense Effort,” with Anne Carroll, World Risk and Insurance Economics Congress, August 2005.
“Moral Hazard and Government Sponsored Insurance in the Medical Malpractice Market: An Empirical Analysis” with Anne Carroll, Western Risk and Insurance Association, January 2005.
“The Current Medical Malpractice Crisis: An Analysis of Macroeconomic Factors” with Anne Carroll, American Risk and Insurance Association, August 2003.
“The Effect of Managed Care Regulation on HMO Performance - Revisited” with Anne Carroll, American Risk and Insurance Association, August 2002.