Amy Davidoff, PhD

Dr. Davidoff is a health economist and health services researcher at the Yale School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, where she is a Senior Research Scientist. She is also affiliated with the Yale Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy, and Effectiveness Research (COPPER) Center and is a member of the Yale Cancer Center’s Research program in Cancer Prevention and Control Program. Dr. Davidoff is an expert in the areas of consumer demand for health insurance and health care and studies the effects of public policy on the availability and cost of private insurance, eligibility and participation in public insurance, and impacts of insurance on access to care, use of services, and health care spending. The focus of her research for the past 10 years has been on the effects of the Affordable Care Act on insurance eligibility, coverage, diagnosis stage, and treatment for non-elderly adults – both newly diagnosed with cancer, and longer-term survivors.

In addition, she studies the Medicare coverage policy, including the Part D benefit, affects access to cancer care, palliative care, and out-of-pocket burden for older adults with cancer. Her research also highlights differential benefits of policy by race and socioeconomic status, contributing to our understanding of policy and disparities.

Dr. Davidoff’s research has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, The Commonwealth Fund, the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society among others. She has published over 120 peer reviewed papers and policy briefs. Dr. Davidoff earned her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

She joined the Yale faculty in 2014, having been at the Center for Finance, Access and Cost Trends at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) since 2012. Prior to joining AHRQ, she was an Associate Professor in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research at the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy (2006-2012), Assistant Professor of Public Policy at University of Maryland Baltimore County (2004-2006), and Senior Research Associate in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.


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