Jody L. Sindelar, PhD

Professor of Public Health (Health Policy), in the Institute for Social and Policy Studies and of Economics; 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

Office of Student Research

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

Biography

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.

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

  • ad hoc member Health Services Organization and Delivery (HSOD) (2011 - 2011)

  • Visiting Scholar RAND's Bing Center for Health Economics (2010 - 2010)

  • ad-hoc Review Member National Institute on Aging (NIA) (2010 - 2010)

  • ad-hoc Review Member National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (2008 - 2008)

  • Editorial Board Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics (2006)

  • Division Head Health Policy and Administration (2005 - 2012)

  • Program and Scientific Committee International Health Economic Association (iHEA) (2005 - 2005)

  • Student Papers Award Committee International Health Economic Association (iHEA) (2005 - 2005)

  • Editorial Board Health Economics (2005)

  • President-elect, President, Past President & founding member American Society of Health Economists (ASHE) (2004 - 2012)

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

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

  • Advisory Board MUSC (2003 - 2003)

  • Program and Scientific Committee International Health Economic Association (iHEA) (2003 - 2003)

  • Review Committee Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (2003 - 2003)

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

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

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

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

  • Board of Directors Eli Whitney Museum (2000 - 2003)

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

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

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

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

  • Program and Scientific Committee International Health Economic Association (iHEA) (1998 - 1998)

  • Arrow Award Committee in Health Economics (1997 - 2004)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • ad-hoc Review Committee National Institute on Aging (NIA) (1993 - 1993)

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

  • Research Scientist Career Development Award (K02 award) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) (1993 - 1998)

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

  • ad-hoc Committee Member, Training Grant Applications Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (1993 - 1993)

  • ad-hoc Reviewer for Prevention and Epidemiology National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) (1992 - 1992)

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

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

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

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

  • ad-hoc Committee Member, Study Section, Prevention and Epidemiology National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) (1992 - 1994)

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

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

  • Economics Special Review Committee National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) (1990 - 1990)

  • ad-hoc Committee Member, Health and Retirement Survey National Institute on Aging (1990 - 1990)

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

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

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

International Activity

  • 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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