Kathryn McCollister


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Field of Interest: Economic Evaluation of Evidence-Based Interventions

Kathryn E. McCollister, Ph.D., is a Professor and Health Economist in the Department of Public Health Sciences (DPHS) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  She is the Director of the Division of Health Services Research and Policy in the DPHS.  Dr. McCollister’s primary research focuses on economic evaluation (cost-effectiveness and benefit-cost analyses) of treatment interventions for individuals with substance use disorders, including criminal offenders and pregnant/parenting women.  She has also conducted economic studies of a family-based HIV and drug use preventive intervention for Hispanic youth, an early childcare center obesity prevention program, and school-based primary care health centers among disadvantaged communities in Miami-Dade County.  Dr. McCollister’s secondary area of research involves estimating the burden of disease and disparities in health-related quality of life among occupational groups and the visually impaired.  Dr. McCollister has served as the Principal Investigator on projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  She has also collaborated on numerous projects funded by the NIH, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the State of Florida.  Dr. McCollister is currently the Co-Director of the Methodology Core of the NIDA-funded Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV, and HIV (CHERISH; http://www.cherishresearch.org), led by colleagues at Weill Cornell Medical College.  In addition to conducting research, Dr. McCollister teaches Health Economics in the MPH and MD/MPH programs in the DPHS. She also serves as a grant peer reviewer for the NIH and as an editorial board member for the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.