Jody L. Sindelar, PhD

Professor of Public Health (Health Policy), Professor of Economics, and Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies; Research Associate, NBER
Jody L. Sindelar
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Biography

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.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Stanford University (1980)
  • MA
    Stanford University, Economics (1974)
  • Postdoctoral
    University of Chicago

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 quitting smoking on days absent. Those who quit smoking can be categorized into three groups, those who quit but relapse, those who quit for a short-term, and those who quit for the long-term. In addition to the analysis on the effects of smoking and quitting on productivity, they also plan to explore the factors that influence peoples' smoking and quitting behavior, including the reasons that people start to smoke, the reasons that people have failed to quit smoking, and the reasons for continued abstinence.

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
President/Founding member, American Society of Health Economists (ASHE)2006
Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)1993
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 1978-1980NIMH1978
Fellowship, Stanford University, 1975 to 1977Stanford University1975

Professional Service

OrganizationRoleDate
Health Services Organization and Delivery (HSOD)Member2011
RAND's Bing Center for Health EconomicsParticipant2010
National Institute on Aging (NIA)Reviewer2010
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)Reviewer2008
Journal of Mental Health Policy and EconomicsBoard Member2006 - Present
Health Policy and AdministrationDirector2005 - 2012
International Health Economic Association (iHEA)Committee Member2005
International Health Economic Association (iHEA)Committee Member2005
Health EconomicsBoard Member2005 - Present
American Society of Health Economists (ASHE)President2004 - 2012
Yale School of Medicine’s Commission on Women Faculty2004 - 2006
Psychosocial Psychotherapy Development Research Center for Cocaine and Opioid AbuseBoard Member2003 - 2007
International Health Economic Association (iHEA)Committee Member2003
MUSCBoard Member2003
Tobacco-Related Disease Research ProgramReviewer2003
National Treatment Outcomes Monitoring System, Center for Substance Abuse TreatmentBoard Member2002 - 2003
Yale Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center (TTURC) and Center for Nicotine and Tobacco Use Research at Yale (CENTURY)Board Member2001 - 2008
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)Reviewer2001 - 2005
New England Node of the Clinical Trial NetworkCommittee Member2000 - 2006
Eli Whitney MuseumBoard Member2000 - 2003
University of Miami, Economic Evaluation Methods: Development and ApplicationsBoard Member1999 - 2012
AHCPR, National Research Service Award, “Yale’s Training Program in Health Services”Director1999 - 2004
Yale-Donaghue Programs on Women’s HealthCommittee Member1998 - 2012
CT Alcohol and Drug Policy Council, Non-statutory Professional Resource MemberMember1998 - 2002
International Health Economic Association (iHEA)Committee Member1998
Committee Member1997 - 2004
National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), Treatment and Prevention Studies CommitteeMember1997 - 2003
Yale Seminar Series for Connecticut Legislation, Charles E. Culpepper fundingChairperson1997 - 1999
Working Group on Methadone Treatment for the Drug Policy Study for the Connecticut Law Revision CommissionMember1996 - 1997
Agency for Health Care Policy and Research Training Grant, Yale UniversityDirector1995 - 1997
Yale School of Public HealthDean1995 - 1997
Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel on Addiction, CTMember1995 - 1996
Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Special Review on Managed Care1995
National Sciences Foundation (NSF)1994 - 1996
Research Triangle Institute, Substance Abuse GrantBoard Member1994 - 1995
National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA), Study Section, Prevention and EpidemiologyCommittee Member1994
National Institute on Aging (NIA)Committee Member1993
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)Researcher1993 - 2012
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)1993 - 1998
Health Care Policy and Regulation Workshop, funded by Robert Wood JohnsonBoard Member1993 - 1995
Agency for Health Care Policy and ResearchCommittee Member1993
National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA)Reviewer1992
AHCPR, National Research Service Award, “Yale’s Training Program in Health Services”Director1992 - 1998
National Research Service Award, “Yale’s Training Program in Health Services”Director1992 - 1998
Agency for Health Care Policy and Research Training Grant, Yale UniversityDirector1992 - 1995
Alcohol Services Organization of South Central ConnecticutBoard Member1992 - 1995
National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA)Committee Member1992 - 1994
Health Economics Panel, New York State Department of HealthOne of four economists on rate making body setting price increases for all hospitals and nursing homes in New York State1991 - 1997
National Institute on Druge Abuse (NIDA)"Research Centers on Health Services, Research for Drug Abuse and Drug Problems," and "Managed Care of Substance Abuse Treatment"1991
National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA)Committee Member1990
National Institute on AgingCommittee Member1990
Calvin Hill Day Care CenterBoard Member1989 - 1994
Shirley Frank Foundation, Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center, New Haven, CTBoard Member1988 - 1990
Medical Economics Group, a Yale University Institution for Social and Policy Studies working paper seriesEditor1985 - 1989

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