Diana Pacheco Barzallo



Diana holds a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Neuchatel (2013) and a MSc. in Economics from the University of Lausanne (2008). Currently she works as a Research Fellow at the Swiss Paraplegic Research Group in the Health Services Research Department. She is actively involved in national and international projects intended to evaluate the provision of health services to people with SCI.
Diana also teaches at the University of Lucerne in the MA. of Health Sciences and Policy.


  • Impact evaluation of policies
  • Evaluation of health systems
  • Health policy
  • Development economics
  • Microeconometrics


  • Social policy
  • Health systems evaluation
  • Applied economics
  • Health impact evaluation


Peer reviewed journals

  • Huang, J., Pacheco, D., Rubinelli, S., Münzel, N., Brach, M., & Gemperli, A. (2019). What influences the use of professional home care for individuals with spinal cord injury? A cross-sectional study on family caregivers. Spinal Cord, 1-9
  • Pacheco Barzallo, D. (2018). Place of residence & financial hardship: the situation of people with spinal cord injury. International Journal for Equity in Health 17: 115. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12939-018-0818-9
  • Pacheco Barzallo, D. (2018). Spillover effects of long-term disabilities on close family members. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy (2018) 16: 347
  • Pacheco Barzallo, D., Pacheco Barzallo, A., Narvaez, E. (2018). The 2016 Earthquake in Ecuador: Zika Outbreak After a Natural Disaster. Health Security 16:2, 127-134
  • Weber, S., Puddu, S., Pacheco, D. (2017). Move it! How an electric contest motivates households to shift their load profile. Energy Economics, 68, 255 270
  • Pacheco Barzallo, D., & Gross-Hemmi, M. H. (2017). The cross-cultural societal response to SCI: health and related systems. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 96(2), S41-S54
  • Gross-Hemmi, M. H., & Pacheco Barzallo, D. (2017). People with Spinal Cord Injury in Switzerland. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 96(2), S116-S119

Scientific reports

  • Gemperli, A., Rubinelli, S., Brach, M., Huang, J., Pacheco, D., Essig, S., & Zanini, C. (2018): Supporting Family Caregivers of People with Spinal Cord Injury, Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (BAG)
  • Perret, L., Fahrni, J., Wyrsch, N., Riesen, Y., Puddu, S., Weber, S. & Pacheco, D. (2015): FLEXI: Determining the flexibilization potential of the electricity demand, Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) (Publication 291032)

Book chapters

  • Teran L., Pincay J., Pacheco D., Stepnicka M., and Simancas-Racines D. (2019): Health Recommendation System Framework for the Optimization of Medical Decisions, Cognitive Computing - Theorie, Technik und Praxis. Springer, (forthcoming)


  • Pacheco, D. (2006), Ecuador: Business Cycles and Fiscal Policy, Cuestiones Economicas, Central Bank of Ecuador, Vol. 22, N.3, tercer cuatrimestre. P. 7-56