Jody L. Sindelar, PhD

Professor of Public Health (Health Policy), Professor of Economics, and Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies; Executive Committee, ISPS; Research Associate, NBER

Departments & Organizations

School of Public Health: Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS | Health Policy & Management | Sindelar Lab

Center for Nicotine and Tobacco Use Research at Yale (CENTURY)

DAHRS

Faculty Research

Obesity Research Working Group

Psychotherapy Development Center

Stress & Addiction Clinical Research Program

Women's Behavioral Health Research, Division of

Yale Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science

Office of Cooperative Research

Yale Institute for Global Health

Biography

Dr. Jody Sindelar is a Professor of Public Health and Economics at the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH), Department of Health Policy and Management (HPM), and at the Yale University Department of Economics. In addition, she is a Research Associate at the National Bureau Economic Research (NBER), Research Fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics, Associated Faculty at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) at Yale, Bing Visiting faculty at Rand Corporation in Santa Monica, CA and Washington, DC, and has been the President-elect, President, Past President & founding member of the American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon).

Dr. Sindelar is an expert on the economics of substance abuse, including alcoholism, illicit drugs and smoking, as well as obesity. Her studies include lost productivity, cost-effectiveness of treatments, social costs, and policy. She has published over 100 papers and studies on the impacts of substance abuse on productivity, educational attainment, gender differences, and related policy issues in economics, policy, addiction, health and medical journals. She has served on numerous editorial, review, advisory and other boards and committees, and has presented her research at seminars and conferences both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Sindelar has over three decades of research experience in health economics, health and work, aging, and retirement, and she has mentored junior faculty in these fields. She has also been a principal investigator or collaborator on numerous past research projects funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Connecticut Department of Social Services, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Veteran’s Administration (VA), and Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) among others.

Education & Training

PhD Stanford University (1980)
MA Stanford University, Economics (1974)
Postdoctoral University of Chicago

Honors & Recognition

  • President/Founding member, American Society of Health Economists (ASHE) (2006)

  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) (1993)

  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 1978-1980NIMH (1978)

  • Fellowship, Stanford University, 1975 to 1977Stanford University (1975)

Professional Service

  • Health Services Organization and Delivery (HSOD) (2011) Member

  • RAND's Bing Center for Health Economics (2010) Participant

  • National Institute on Aging (NIA) (2010) Reviewer

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (2008) Reviewer

  • Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics (2006 - Present) Board Member

  • Health Policy and Administration (2005 - 2012) Director

  • International Health Economic Association (iHEA) (2005) Committee Member

  • International Health Economic Association (iHEA) (2005) Committee Member

  • Health Economics (2005 - Present) Board Member

  • American Society of Health Economists (ASHE) (2004 - 2012) President

  • Yale School of Medicine’s Commission on Women Faculty (2004 - 2006)

  • Psychosocial Psychotherapy Development Research Center for Cocaine and Opioid Abuse (2003 - 2007) Board Member

  • International Health Economic Association (iHEA) (2003) Committee Member

  • MUSC (2003) Board Member

  • Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (2003) Reviewer

  • National Treatment Outcomes Monitoring System, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (2002 - 2003) Board Member

  • Yale Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center (TTURC) and Center for Nicotine and Tobacco Use Research at Yale (CENTURY) (2001 - 2008) Board Member

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) (2001 - 2005) Reviewer

  • New England Node of the Clinical Trial Network (2000 - 2006) Committee Member

  • Eli Whitney Museum (2000 - 2003) Board Member

  • University of Miami, Economic Evaluation Methods: Development and Applications (1999 - 2012) Board Member

  • AHCPR, National Research Service Award, “Yale’s Training Program in Health Services” (1999 - 2004) Director

  • Yale-Donaghue Programs on Women’s Health (1998 - 2012) Committee Member

  • CT Alcohol and Drug Policy Council, Non-statutory Professional Resource Member (1998 - 2002) Member

  • International Health Economic Association (iHEA) (1998) Committee Member

  • (1997 - 2004) Committee Member

  • National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), Treatment and Prevention Studies Committee (1997 - 2003) Member

  • Yale Seminar Series for Connecticut Legislation, Charles E. Culpepper funding (1997 - 1999) Chairperson

  • Working Group on Methadone Treatment for the Drug Policy Study for the Connecticut Law Revision Commission (1996 - 1997) Member

  • Agency for Health Care Policy and Research Training Grant, Yale University (1995 - 1997) Director

  • Yale School of Public Health (1995 - 1997) Dean

  • Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel on Addiction, CT (1995 - 1996) Member

  • Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Special Review on Managed Care (1995)

  • National Sciences Foundation (NSF) (1994 - 1996)

  • Research Triangle Institute, Substance Abuse Grant (1994 - 1995) Board Member

  • National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA), Study Section, Prevention and Epidemiology (1994) Committee Member

  • National Institute on Aging (NIA) (1993) Committee Member

  • National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) (1993 - 2012) Researcher

  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) (1993 - 1998)

  • Health Care Policy and Regulation Workshop, funded by Robert Wood Johnson (1993 - 1995) Board Member

  • Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (1993) Committee Member

  • National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) (1992) Reviewer

  • AHCPR, National Research Service Award, “Yale’s Training Program in Health Services” (1992 - 1998) Director

  • National Research Service Award, “Yale’s Training Program in Health Services” (1992 - 1998) Director

  • Agency for Health Care Policy and Research Training Grant, Yale University (1992 - 1995) Director

  • Alcohol Services Organization of South Central Connecticut (1992 - 1995) Board Member

  • National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) (1992 - 1994) Committee Member

  • Health Economics Panel, New York State Department of Health (1991 - 1997) One of four economists on rate making body setting price increases for all hospitals and nursing homes in New York State

  • National Institute on Druge Abuse (NIDA) (1991) "Research Centers on Health Services, Research for Drug Abuse and Drug Problems," and "Managed Care of Substance Abuse Treatment"

  • National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) (1990) Committee Member

  • National Institute on Aging (1990) Committee Member

  • Calvin Hill Day Care Center (1989 - 1994) Board Member

  • Shirley Frank Foundation, Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center, New Haven, CT (1988 - 1990) Board Member

  • Medical Economics Group, a Yale University Institution for Social and Policy Studies working paper series (1985 - 1989) Editor

Activities

  • Smoking - Effects on Productivity in China China (2008)

    Professors Sindelar and Wang study the impacts of smoking and quitting dynamics on productivity, which is measured by days absent from work. Their work consists of two stages: first, investigating whether smokers have more days absent than those who do not smoke; second, examining the impact of...

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