Peter F. Martelli, PhD

Associate Professor, Healthcare Administration

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Areas of Expertise

  • Evidence-based management: understanding the translation of research into practice and policy; organizational barriers/facilitators to evidence-based management; implementation science, knowledge translation, and applied epistemology; the role of expertise, professionalism, and social networks; relationship of knowledge and diffusion to field-level outcomes
  • Behavioral approaches to managing risk: high reliability organizing, resilience engineering, and other systems risk models; reconciling theory and practice implications across models; inter-industry learning, safety culture and relational coordination; simulation training and research

Professional Experience

Professor Martelli teaches Managing Healthcare Organizations and Organizational Change in Healthcare and co-teaches Health Economics with Professor Rivard.

Professor Martelli is an expert in evidence-based management. He also specializes in knowledge translation and behavioral models of risk, safety, and reliability. His dissertation examined how organizations belonging to a knowledge-sharing collaborative incorporate different types of evidence into strategic decisions at the top management level. He is a former doctoral fellow and current affiliated faculty member at the UC-Berkeley Center for Catastrophic Risk Management, where he has worked internationally at the cutting-edge of theory in high-reliability management, organizational resilience, and complex interdependent systems.

Prior to joining the Sawyer Business School, Professor Martelli was a research instructor in Health Policy and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health and a postdoctoral fellow at the Veterans Administration Center for Organization, Leadership, and Management Research. He has also worked in the Scientific Policy and Quality Department at the American College of Physicians, where he helped develop the ACPNet national practice-based research network. He has taught management and strategy courses at BU School of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health, and the UC-Berkeley Haas School of Business.

His research has been published in prestigious academic journals, such as the Journal of Biological Chemistry and the Journal of Healthcare Management.


  • PhD, University of California - Berkeley
  • MSPH, Thomas Jefferson University
  • BA, University of Pennsylvania
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