Amy Davidoff, PhD, MS

Senior Research Scientist in Public Health (Health Policy)

Departments & Organizations

School of Public Health: Health Policy & Management

Yale Cancer Center: Cancer Prevention and Control | COPPER Center


Dr. Davidoff is a health economist and health services researcher at the Yale School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, where she is a Senior Research Scientist. She is also affiliated with the Yale Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy, and Effectiveness Research (COPPER) Center.

She is an expert in the area of consumer demand for health insurance and related benefits, and studies the effects of public policy on the availability and cost of private insurance, eligibility and participation in public insurance, and impacts of insurance on access to care, use of services, and health care spending. Particular foci for this research have included the Medicaid and SCHIP expansions, private market insurance reform, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Part D, and most recently, the Affordable Care Act.

In the past several years she has applied this research to individuals with cancer and their treatment, with specific expertise in lung, colorectal, and hematologic malignancies. Recent research has examined the relationship between supplemental insurance in the Medicare population and the economic burden of cancer, and how Medicare coverage influences access to oral cancer medications. Ongoing research focuses on reimbursement policy and trends in use and spending on oral and parenteral antineoplastic agents, as well as early evaluation of the impact of the Affordable Care Act on cancer survivors.

Dr. Davidoff’s research has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, The Commonwealth Fund, Robert Wood Johnson’s Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) program, and the Kaiser Family Foundation. She has published over 110 papers and policy briefs. Dr. Davidoff earned her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

She comes to Yale from the Center for Finance, Access and Cost Trends at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Prior to joining AHRQ in 2012, she was an Associate Professor in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research at the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy (2006-2012), Assistant Professor of Public Policy at University of Maryland Baltimore County (2004-2006), and Senior Research Associate in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.

Education & Training

PhD Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (1997)
MS University of Massachusetts (1984)
AB Brown University, Biological Sciences (1981)

Honors & Recognition

  • John M. Eisenberg Article-of-the-Year in Health Services ResearchHealth Services Research (Hospital Research and Educational Trust) (2012)

Professional Service

  • American Cancer Society (2014 - Present) Grant review, Health Policy and Health Care Services

  • Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, DHHS (2012) Expert panel meeting regarding Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Ten-state Evaluation.

  • American Society of Health Economists (2008 - Present) Member

  • American Society for Clinical Oncology (2008 - Present) Member

  • International Health Economics Association (2006 - Present) Member

  • Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy (1990 - Present) Health Economics Interest Group member; Dissertation Award Committee

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Amy Davidoff, PhD, MS
Office Location
60 College Street
New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Health Policy & ManagementP.O. Box 208034
60 College Street

New Haven, Connecticut 06510