ISPS Health Center Seminar: Jody Sindelar (Yale) “Good Solutions to Bad Behavior”

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Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 5:15pm
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Speaker: Jody Sindelar, Professor of Public Health (Yale School of Health), Faculty Fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies;  Executive Committee, ISPS; Research Associate, NBER

Title: Good Solutions to Bad Behavior

Jody Sindelar will discuss a number of her research projects that aim to improve the health behaviors of individuals. The studies often draw on concepts from behavioral economics such as message framing, commitment devices, salience and mental accounting. Many of the projects relate to smoking, but a few apply to her newer interests in overeating and obesity. Projects range from a very large field study in CT that pays smokers not to smoke to an online study on how pack size could help smokers to cut back and quit smoking.

BIO: Dr. Jody Sindelar is a professor of public health and a health economist at the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) and the Department of Health Policy and Management within YSPH. In addition, Dr. Sindelar is a Research Associate at the National Bureau Economic Research, Research Fellow at IZA (Institute for the Study of Labor), 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. 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. Currently, Dr. Sindelar heads multi-year projects funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services via the Connecticut Department of Social Services, National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and also collaborates on projects funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) and the Rand Corporation via the Harvard School of Public Health. She has also been the Principal Investigator and a collaborator on numerous past research projects funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), AHRQ, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI), VA, NIA, NIAAA, and NIDA among others.

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