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

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) ad hoc member

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Health Economics (2005 - Present) Editorial Board

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

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

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

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

  • MUSC (2003) Advisory Board

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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) Associate 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) Advisory Board

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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) Co-Director

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

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

  • 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) Economics Special Review Committee

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

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

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

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

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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