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

Research Departments & Organizations

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

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

Division of Women's Behavioral Health Research

Drug use, Addiction, and HIV Research Scholars (DAHRS)

Obesity Research Working Group

Psychotherapy Development Center

Stress & Addiction Clinical Research Program

Yale Institute for Global Health

Yale Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science

Office of Cooperative Research

Research Interests

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

Research Summary

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.

Specialized Terms: Substance abuse economics

Extensive Research Description

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.

Currently, Dr. Sindelar heads Project 4 (Economics, Experiments and PATH Data: Creating Knowledge for Tobacco Regulation) of the Yale Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS). The overarching aim of this study is to develop the knowledge base for development of effective tobacco regulation to reduce addiction by examining factors that influence the perceptions about, evaluations of, and potential use of e-cigarettes as compared to cigarettes. Using questions coordinated across our experiments and secondary data, we will link our findings to large nationally representative secondary data sets to evaluate modified risk tobacco products and regulations.


  • 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...

Selected Publications

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