HERC: Extended Economist Help
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Extended Economist Help

Some VA researchers need assistance beyond what can be provided by our consulting service. The consulting service was designed to provide brief consultations on studies design, methods or data. In this role, HERC investigators are advisors; they do not ordinarily carry out economic analyses for customers.

There may be some situations in which your project requires an Economist Co-Investigator, rather than simply an Economics Consulting Session. There are two large categories when you may need an Economist Co-Investigator: 1) when you are conducting complex cost modeling; and/or 2) when you are interested in causal inference from observational data. HSR&D has some guidance on when to involve a health economist in a complex cost model; see the last section of this guide: Cost Analyses in HSR&D Studies: Information for Applicants and Reviewers.

The HERC database of VA health economists (below) lists health services researchers and health economists who may be interested in being a collaborator on funded research studies. This database includes health economists from HERC and other HSR&D centers from throughout the U.S. This database includes the name, contact information, and research interest keywords of VA economists. You can also view each investigator's list of PubMed citations and view current HSR&D studies. Full contact information appears on the VA private network.

The best time to contact a potential health economist collaborator is early in the process of developing a proposal. Collaborations proposed shortly before proposal deadlines are difficult to undertake. If an economist is needed, it is often a necessary to include the economist in all phases of the study, including initial design, data gathering and analysis; study hypotheses and data are often very different in studies that include economic endpoints and/or econometrics.

For more information, visit our About Us page which details how to hire a health economist and lists HERC's policies on letters of support.

All Experts

Sherrie L. Aspinall, Pharm.D., M.Sc.
Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
Pharmacoeconomics; Medication effectiveness and safety
PubMed
Paul G. Barnett, Ph.D.
Health Economist
Substance abuse treatment; Cardiology; Cost-determination; Positron emission tomography
PubMed
Michael K. Chapko, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Cost-effectiveness analysis; Ambulatory care; Long-term care; Hepatitis C
PubMed
Fran E. Cunningham
Research Coordinator
Health services and systems; Pharmacoeconomics; Resource use and cost
PubMed
Santanu Datta, M.B.A, Ph.D.
Health Economist
Cost and utilization; Cost-effectiveness analysis; Decision modeling; Blood pressure; Diabetes; Cholesterol management; Osteoarthritis; Osteoporosis; Smoking cessation; Substance abuse; Telehealth
PubMed
Louis A. DeNino, Ph.D.
Director of Strategic Analysis Service
Demand and utilization; Resource allocation systems; Policy; Performance improvement
PubMed
Clara E. Dismuke, Ph.D.
Research Health Scientist
Acute and traumatic injury; Rehabilitation; Resource use and cost
PubMed
John Fortney, Ph.D.
Research Health Science Specialist
Access; Rural; Medical geography; Telemedicine; Population level cost effectiveness
PubMed
Dustin D. French, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Econometrics and statistical modeling; Health informatics; Pharmacoepidemiology; Health outcomes; Comparative effectiveness ; Drug safety
PubMed
John Gardner, Ph.D.
Health Services Researcher
Health services and systems; Resource use and cost
PubMed
Risha Gidwani, Dr.P.H.
Health Economist
Cost-effectiveness analysis; Comparative effectiveness research; Value of care; Palliative care; End-of-life care
PubMed
Peter W. Groeneveld, M.D., M.S.
Physician
Cost-effectiveness; Epidemiology; Health services and systems; Technology development and assessment; Racial differences in care; Resource use and cost; Special (underserved, high-risk) populations; Veterans
PubMed
Kathlyn S. Haddock, RN, Ph.D.
Health Science Specialist
Health services and systems; Quality of care
PubMed
Paul L. Hebert, Ph.D.
Investigator
Chronic diseases; Resource use and cost
PubMed
Paul A. Heidenreich, M.D., M.S.
Chronic Heart Failure (CHF) Quality Enhancement Research Initiative
Cardiovascular disease; Quality of care
PubMed
Jason M. Hockenberry, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Aging and age related changes; Resource use and cost; Technology development and assessment; Provider decision making
PubMed
Denise M. Hynes, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N.
Director
Comparative effectiveness research focused on improving management of chronic illnesses, including economic, quality, and access to care issues and outcomes
PubMed
Josephine C. Jacobs, Ph.D.
Health Economist
Economics of aging; Long-term care; Informal care; Reproductive health; Resource use and cost
PubMed
Neil Jordan, Ph.D.
Researcher
Chronic diseases; Quality of care; Mental health
PubMed
Kenneth M. Langa, Ph.D., M.D.
Physician
Aging and age related changes; Chronic diseases; Epidemiology
PubMed
Chenghui Li, Ph.D.
Research Assistant
Mental services and systems; Mental illness; Resource use and cost
PubMed
Chuan-Fen F. Liu, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Investigator
Mental health services; Risk adjustment; Medicare; Health care delivery system; Managed care
PubMed
Matthew L. Maciejewski, Ph.D.
Health Research Scientist
Obesity; Chronic Diseases; Multimorbidity; Cost and utilization analysis; Comparative Effectiveness Research; Bariatric Surgery
PubMed
Richard E. Nelson, Ph.D.
Investigator
Comparative effectiveness; Cost-effectiveness analysis; Health economics; Health services and systems; Health services research; Infectious disease; Resource use and cost; Rural health; Underserved populations
PubMed
Christine Pal-Chee, Ph.D.
Health Economist
Efficiency; Quality; Physician and hospital behavior; Patient health behavior; Health and economic well-being; Health care utilization and spending; Econometric and statistical methods
PubMed
Ciaran S. Phibbs, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Hospital costs; Hospital competition; Hospital market areas; Demand for VA health care; Demand for health care; Neonatal care; Complex data linkage; Effect of nurse staffing on patient outcomes; Applied econometrics
PubMed
Julia C. Prentice, Ph.D.
Health Science Specialist
Chronic diseases; Health services and systems; Quality of care; access to care
PubMed
Usha Sambamoorthi, Ph.D.
Investigator
Aging and age related changes; Chronic diseases; Epidemiology
PubMed
Yujing Shen, Ph.D.
Health Economist
Risk adjustment; Competition in health care market and consumers' choice models; Veterans' use of VA and non-VA care; Cost; Diabetes
PubMed
Eric P. Slade, Ph.D.
Research Health Scientist
Mental illness; Resource use and cost; organization and financing
PubMed
Bridget M. Smith, Ph.D.
Researcher
Acute and traumatic injury; Chronic diseases; Epidemiology
PubMed
Theodore Stefos, Ph.D.
Health Economist
econometrics; health economics
PubMed
Kevin T. Stroupe, Ph.D.
Research Health Scientist
Chronic diseases; Health services and systems; Resource use and cost; Quality of care; Computational statistics; Cost effectiveness analysis; Pharmacoeconomics
PubMed
Bryce S. Sutton, Ph.D.
Economist
Cost and utilization analysis; Cost-effectiveness analysis; Medical decision making; Rehabilitation costs and outcomes; Technology development and assessment
PubMed
Courtney H. VanHoutven, Ph.D.
Scientist
Cost and utilization; Geriatrics; Health services and systems; Resource use and cost
PubMed
Bruce Vogel, Ph.D.
Research Health Scientist
Rehabilitation costs
PubMed
Todd H. Wagner, Ph.D.
Director
Consumer health information; Cost-effectiveness analysis; Provider behavior
PubMed
Rachel M. Werner, M.D., Ph.D.
Researcher
Health services and systems; Quality of care
PubMed
Edwin S. Wong, Ph.D.
Core Investigator
Health economics; Health services and systems; Demand for VA healthcare; Applied microeconometrics; Impact of policy interventions on Veterans' healthcare; Cost-effectiveness analysis
PubMed
Jean Yoon, Ph.D.
Health Economist
Access to care; Chronic diseases; Cost-effectiveness; Health services research
PubMed
Wei Yu, Ph.D.
Health Economist
Determination of health care costs; cost-effectiveness analysis; risk adjustment method; health care financing policy
PubMed