HERC: List of VA Economists
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List of VA Economists

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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 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.

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Paul G. Barnett, Ph.D.
Health Economist
Cost-determination; Cost-effectiveness analysis; Tobacco cessation; Substance abuse; Cognitive behavioral therapy; Cardiovascular diseases; Infectious diseases
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Mark Bounthavong, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Health Economist
Pharmacoeconomics; Academic detailing; Substance use disorder; Econometrics; Data visualization
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David C. Chan, M.D., Ph.D.
Investigator
Labor economics; Organizational economics; Information; Productivity
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Louis A. DeNino, Ph.D.
Sr. Economist
Demand and utilization; Resource allocation systems; Policy; Performance improvement
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Clara E. "Libby" Dismuke-Greer, Ph.D.
Health Economist
VA and DoD; Acute and traumatic injury; Rehabilitation; Resource use and cost
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John Fortney, Ph.D.
Research Career Scientist
Access; Rural; Medical geography; Telemedicine; Population level cost effectiveness
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Dustin D. French, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Cost effectiveness; Health informatics; Pharmacoepidemiology; Health services research; Health policy
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Melissa Garrido, Ph.D.
Associate Director, PEPReC
Econometrics; propensity scores; geriatrics & palliative care
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Risha Gidwani-Marszowski, Dr.P.H.
Health Economist
Cost-effectiveness analysis; Comparative effectiveness research; Value of care; Palliative care; End-of-life care
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Laura A. Graham, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Epidemiology; Surgical outcomes; Predictive modeling; Health informatics
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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
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Kathlyn S. Haddock, RN, Ph.D.
Health Science Specialist
Health services and systems; Quality of care
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Paul L. Hebert, Ph.D.
Investigator
Chronic diseases; Obesity; Behavioral economics; Healthcare use and cost; Econometric methods; Disparities; Maternal and neonatal health
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Paul A. Heidenreich, M.D., M.S.
Medication Safety Quality Enhancement Research Initiative
Cardiovascular disease; Quality of Care
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Denise M. Hynes, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N.
Senior Research Health Scientist/Core Investigator
Comparative effectiveness research focused on improving management of chronic illnesses, including economic, quality, and access to care issues and outcomes
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Josephine C. Jacobs, Ph.D.
Health Economist
Economics of aging; Long-term care; Informal care; Reproductive health; Resource use and cost
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Neil Jordan, Ph.D.
Researcher
Chronic diseases; Quality of care; Mental health
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Kenneth M. Langa, Ph.D., M.D.
Physician
Aging and age related changes; Chronic diseases; Epidemiology
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Matthew L. Maciejewski, Ph.D.
Research Career Scientist
Obesity; Chronic Diseases; Multimorbidity; Cost and utilization analysis; Comparative Effectiveness Research; Bariatric Surgery
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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; Homelessness
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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
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Liam Rose, Ph.D.
Health Economist
Physician and hospital behavior; Patient behavior; Health care utilization; Health care access; Econometric and statistical methods
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Paul Shafer, Ph.D.
Investigator
Health care use; Health insurance; Primary care; Prevention; Health promotion; Econometrics
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Eric P. Slade, Ph.D.
Professor
Mental illness; Resource use and cost; organization and financing
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Bridget M. Smith, Ph.D.
Researcher
Acute and traumatic injury; Chronic diseases; Epidemiology
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Theodore Stefos, Ph.D.
Health Economist
econometrics; health economics
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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
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Courtney H. VanHoutven, Ph.D.
Scientist
Cost and utilization; Geriatrics; Health services and systems; Resource use and cost
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Megan Vanneman, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Core Investigator
Health policy; Value; Access; Coverage; Disparities
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Todd H. Wagner, Ph.D.
Director
Consumer health information; Cost-effectiveness analysis; Provider behavior
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Rachel M. Werner, M.D., Ph.D.
Researcher
Health services and systems; Quality of care
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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
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Christine Yee, Ph.D.
Health Economist
Resource use; Productivity; Policy evaluation; Econometrics
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Jean Yoon, Ph.D.
Health Economist
Access to care; Chronic diseases; Cost-effectiveness; Health services research
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