Principal Investigator
  • Jody L. Sindelar

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

    Dr. Jody Sindelar is a professor of public health, health economist and public policy expert at the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) and the Department of Health Policy and Management within YSPH, as well as with the Yale Economics Department. In addition, she is a research associate at the National Bureau Economic Research (NBER), research fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics, faculty fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) at Yale. She has been a  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 addictive substances of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs, as well as the economics of obesity. Her studies include lost productivity, cost-effectiveness of treatments, social costs, and policy. She has published over 115 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. Sge has also been a visiting professor at several universities and institutes including Mexico City (CIDE) and Shanghai Jiatong University Medical School (January 2016-2019).

    Dr. Sindelar has four 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.

Support Staff

  • Coordinator 4; Research & Project Coordinator, Health Policy & Management

    Mr. Petschke has been a research and project coordinator in the Health Policy & Management department at the Yale School of Public Health since March 2004. In addition, he is the program manager for the Inclusion Body Myositis Disease Registry at Yale (IBMR). His responsibilities include: research coordination, project management, field surveys, data management, grant administration, budgetary oversight, and general administration of multiple research projects and studies under Principal Investigators A. David Paltiel and Jody Sindelar. He also oversees the IBMR website, IBMR Registry, IBM Personalized Index Calculator, and various outreach activities for the IBMR project. 

    Mr. Petschke studied Atmospheric Science, Geography, and Meteorology at Penn State and the University at Albany (bachelor's degree, 1986). He previously held professional positions in meteorology, transportation planning, transportation and transit analysis, and grant & contract management before coming to Yale in 2004.