Jody L. Sindelar PhD

Professor of Public Health (Health Policy), of Economics and of Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Executive Committee, ISPS; Research Associate, NBER

Biographical Info

Dr. Jody Sindelar is a professor of public health and a health economist at the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) and the Department of Health Policy and Management within YSPH. In addition, Dr. Sindelar is a Research Associate at the National Bureau Economic Research, Research Fellow at IZA (Institute for the Study of Labor), 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. Currently, Dr. Sindelar heads multi-year projects funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services via the Connecticut Department of Social Services, National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and also collaborates on projects funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) and the Rand Corporation via the Harvard School of Public Health. She has also been the Principal Investigator and a collaborator on numerous past research projects funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), AHRQ, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI), VA, NIA, NIAAA, and NIDA among others.

International Activity

  • Smoking - Effects on Productivity in China
    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 quitting smoking on days absent. Those who quit smoking can be categorized into three groups, those who quit but relapse, those who quit for a short-term, and those who quit for the long-term. In addition to the analysis on the effects of smoking and quitting on productivity, they also plan to explore the factors that influence peoples' smoking and quitting behavior, including the reasons that people start to smoke, the reasons that people have failed to quit smoking, and the reasons for continued abstinence.

Education & Training

Stanford University (1974)
Stanford University (1980)
University of Chicago, Economics (1978 - 1980)

Honors & Recognition

  • President/Founding member, American Society of Health Economists (ASHE)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 1978-1980
    NIMH (1978)
  • Fellowship, Stanford University, 1975 to 1977
    Stanford University (1975)
  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Professional Service

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics (2006 - Curr)
  • Editorial Board, Health Economics (2005 - Curr)
  • Director, AHCPR, National Research Service Award, “Yale’s Training Program in Health Services” (1999 - 2004)
  • Co-Director, National Research Service Award, “Yale’s Training Program in Health Services” (1992 - 1998)
  • Visiting Scholar, RAND's Bing Center for Health Economics (12/08/2010 - 12/10/2010)
  • ad-hoc Review Committee, National Institute on Aging (NIA) (11/01/1993 - 11/30/1993)
  • Economics Special Review Committee, National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) (11/01/1990 - 11/30/1990)
  • ad-hoc Reviewer for Prevention and Epidemiology, National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) (10/01/1992 - 10/31/1992)
  • ad-hoc Committee Member, Health and Retirement Survey, National Institute on Aging (07/01/1990 - 07/31/1990)
  • ad hoc member, Health Services Organization and Delivery (HSOD) (06/01/2011 - 06/30/2011)
  • ad-hoc Review Member, National Institute on Aging (NIA) (01/01/2010 - 12/31/2010)
  • ad-hoc Review Member, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (01/01/2008 - 12/31/2008)
  • Program and Scientific Committee, International Health Economic Association (iHEA) (01/01/2005 - 12/31/2005)
  • Student Papers Award Committee, International Health Economic Association (iHEA) (01/01/2005 - 12/31/2005)
  • President-elect, President, Past President & founding member, American Society of Health Economists (ASHE) (01/01/2004 - 12/31/2012)
  • Program and Scientific Committee, International Health Economic Association (iHEA) (01/01/2003 - 12/31/2003)
  • Review Committee, Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (01/01/2003 - 12/31/2003)
  • Executive Board, Psychosocial Psychotherapy Development Research Center for Cocaine and Opioid Abuse (01/01/2003 - 12/31/2007)
  • Advisory Board, MUSC (01/01/2003 - 12/31/2003)
  • Advisory Board, National Treatment Outcomes Monitoring System, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (01/01/2002 - 12/31/2003)
  • Reviewer on Substance Abuse, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) (01/01/2001 - 12/31/2005)
  • Senior Scientific Committee, New England Node of the Clinical Trial Network (01/01/2000 - 12/31/2006)
  • Board of Directors, Eli Whitney Museum (01/01/2000 - 12/31/2003)
  • Advisory Board, University of Miami, Economic Evaluation Methods: Development and Applications (01/01/1999 - 12/31/2012)
  • Program and Scientific Committee, International Health Economic Association (iHEA) (01/01/1998 - 12/31/1998)
  • Member, CT Alcohol and Drug Policy Council, Non-statutory Professional Resource Member (01/01/1998 - 12/31/2002)
  • Arrow Award Committee in Health Economics(01/01/1997 - 12/31/2004)
  • Study Section Member, National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), Treatment and Prevention Studies Committee (01/01/1997 - 12/31/2003)
  • Member, Working Group on Methadone Treatment for the Drug Policy Study for the Connecticut Law Revision Commission (01/01/1996 - 12/31/1997)
  • Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Special Review on Managed Care (01/01/1995 - 12/31/1995)
  • Member, Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel on Addiction, CT (01/01/1995 - 12/31/1996)
  • National Sciences Foundation (NSF) (01/01/1994 - 12/31/1996)
  • ad-hoc Committee Member, National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA), Study Section, Prevention and Epidemiology (01/01/1994 - 12/31/1994)
  • Advisory Board, Research Triangle Institute, Substance Abuse Grant (01/01/1994 - 12/31/1995)
  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) (01/01/1993 - 12/31/2012)
  • Research Scientist Career Development Award (K02 award), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) (01/01/1993 - 12/13/1998)
  • ad-hoc Committee Member, Training Grant Applications, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (01/01/1993 - 12/31/1993)
  • Board Member, Health Care Policy and Regulation Workshop, funded by Robert Wood Johnson (01/01/1993 - 12/31/1995)
  • ad-hoc Committee Member, Study Section, Prevention and Epidemiology, National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) (01/01/1992 - 12/31/1994)
  • Board of Directors, Alcohol Services Organization of South Central Connecticut (01/01/1992 - 12/31/1995)
  • Chair and Member, Health Economics Panel, New York State Department of Health (01/01/1991 - 12/31/1997)
  • Concept Review Committee Member, National Institute on Druge Abuse (NIDA) (01/01/1991 - 01/31/1991)
  • Board of Directors, Calvin Hill Day Care Center (01/01/1989 - 12/31/1994)
  • Board of Directors, Shirley Frank Foundation, Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center, New Haven, CT (01/01/1988 - 12/31/1990)

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