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

Research Interests

Aging; Alcoholism; Economics; Health Policy; Obesity; Smoking; Health Behavior; Smoking Cessation; Substance-Related Disorders; Social Determinants of Health; Health Care

Public Health Interests

Aging; Alcoholism/Alcohol; Drug Abuse/Addition; Economics; Epidemiology Methods; Health behavior; Health Economics; Health Policy; Health risk behaviors; Obesity; Public health practice; Smoking/Tobacco Control; Social determinants of health; Social and economic policy; Stress; Substance abuse

Research Organizations

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


Psychotherapy Development Center

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

Stress & Addiction Clinical Research Program

Women's Behavioral Health Research, Division of

Yale Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science

Research Summary

Dr. Sindelar is a professor of public health and a health economist at the Yale School of Public Health. In addition, she is a Research Associate at the National Bureau Economic Research, is a Research Fellow at IZA (Institute for the Study of Labor) an Associated Faculty at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale, and has been the President of the American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon). She has published over 100 papers, served on editorial and other boards, and has presented her research internationally.

Dr. Sindelar is an expert on the economics of substance abuse including alcoholism, illicit drugs and smoking. Her studies include lost productivity, cost-effectiveness of treatments, social costs, and policy. She has published on the impacts of substance abuse on productivity, educational attainment, gender differences, and related policy issues in economics, policy, addiction, health and medical journals.

Specialized Terms: Substance abuse economics

Extensive Research Description

  • Yale Tobacco Center of Regulatory Sciences (TCORS): Project 4 — Economics, experiments and PATH data: creating knowledge for tobacco regulation
  • Incentives to Quit Smoking in CT Medicaid: Role of Medical Homes — "Rewards to Quit Program"
  • Financial Motivations to Quit Smoking and Prevent Related Economic Costs
  • Addiction, Economics and Policy: Pre-doc T32 Training Grant
  • Aging Research at the 2010 through 2014 ASHEcon Biennial Conferences
  • National Implementation of Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan CAHPS Survey

Selected Publications

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