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Todd Olmstead

Todd  Olmstead

Associate Professor of Public Affairs; James M. and Claudia U. Richter Fellow in Global Health Policy

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Todd Olmstead is an Associate Professor of Public Affairs and James M. and Claudia U. Richter Fellow in Global Health Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to his appointment on August 1, 2013, he was an Associate Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy, where he was the recipient of the 2011 Teaching Award.

Olmstead uses statistics, economics, and operations research to design, implement, and evaluate a wide variety of health care interventions and evidence-based practices. He is the health economist on several large NIH-funded grants in the area of behavioral health. Current research projects include estimating the cost-effectiveness of (a) integrating substance abuse treatment services directly into hospital inpatient units, and (b) providing mental health services to low-income pregnant and parenting women living in public housing systems. Other projects include estimating the impact of (a) community health paramedic programs on the utilization of health care services, and (b) integrated practice units on the cost and quality of care.

In addition to his work in health care, Olmstead has published in the areas of intelligent transportation systems, highway safety, and administrative rulemaking. He holds degrees in public policy (PhD, Harvard University), operations research (MS, UNC-Chapel Hill), and industrial engineering (MS, BS, SUNY-Buffalo).

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2000  Ph.D., Public Policy, Harvard University
1994  M.S., Operations Research, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1989  M.S., Industrial Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo
1987  B.S., Industrial Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo

Current Positions

2013 – present Associate Professor of Public Affairs, James and Claudia Richter Chair Fellow, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin

Previous Positions

2012 – 2013 Associate Professor of Public Policy, School of Public Policy, George Mason University

2009 – 2012 Assistant Professor of Public Policy, School of Public Policy, George Mason University

2007-2009 Assistant Professor (Research), University of Connecticut Health Center

2002-2006 Associate Research Scientist, School of Public Health, Yale University

2002-2003 Research Fellow, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

2000-2002 Associate Consultant, McKinsey & Company Inc.

1987-1991 Operations Research Analyst, Union Carbide Industrial Gases Inc.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Martino, S, Paris, M, Anez, L, Nich, C, Canning-Ball, M, Hunkele, K, Olmstead, TA, and KM Carroll, “The Effectiveness and Cost of Clinical Supervision for Motivational Interviewing: A Randomized Control Trial,” Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (forthcoming).

Martino, S, Zimbrean, P, Forray, A, Kaufman J, Desan, P, Olmstead, TA, Gueorguieva, R, Howell, H, McCaherty, A, and K Yonkers, “See One, Do One, Order One: A Study Protocol for Testing Three Strategies for Implementing Motivational Interviewing on Medical Inpatient Units,” Implementation Science, 10:138, 2015.

Olmstead, TA, Alessi, SM, Kline, B, Pacula, RL, and N Petry, “The Price Elasticity of Demand for Heroin: Matched Longitudinal and Experimental Evidence,” Journal of Health Economics, 41, 59-71, 2015.

Olmstead, TA, Cohen, JP, and N Petry, “Healthcare Service Utilization in Substance Abusers Receiving Contingency Management and Standard Care Treatments,” Addiction, 107, 1462-1470, 2012.

Olmstead, TA, Abraham, AJ, Martino, S, and P Roman, “Counselor Training in Several Evidence-Based Psychosocial Addiction Treatments in Private US Substance Abuse Treatment Centers,” Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 120, 149-154, 2012.

Olmstead, TA, Carroll, K, Canning-Ball, M, and S Martino, “Cost and Cost-effectiveness of Three Strategies for Training Clinicians in Motivational Interviewing,” Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 116, 195-202, 2011.

Olmstead, TA, Ostrow, C, and K Carroll, “Cost Effectiveness of Computer-Assisted Training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy as an Adjunct to Standard Care for Addiction,” Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 110, 200-207, 2010.

Olmstead, TA, and N Petry, “The Cost Effectiveness of Prize-based and Voucher-based Contingency Management in a Population of Cocaine- or Opioid-dependent Outpatients,” Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 102, 108-115, 2009.

Rash, CJ, Olmstead, TA, and N Petry, “Income Does Not Affect Response to Contingency Management Treatments Among Community Substance Abuse Treatment-seekers,” Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 104, 249-253, 2009.

Olmstead, TA, Sindelar, JL, Easton, CJ, and K Carroll, “The Cost-Effectiveness of Four Treatments for Marijuana Dependence,” Addiction, 102:9, 1443-1453, 2007.

Olmstead, TA, Sindelar, JL, and N Petry, “Clinic Variation in the Cost-Effectiveness of Contingency Management,” American Journal on Addictions, 16:6, 457-460, 2007.

Sindelar, JL, Olmstead, TA, and J Peirce, “Cost-Effectiveness of Prize-Based Contingency Management in Methadone Maintenance Treatment Programs,” Addiction, 102:9, 1463-1471, 2007.

Olmstead, TA, Sindelar, JL, and N Petry, “Cost-Effectiveness of Prize-Based Incentives for Stimulant Abusers in Outpatient Psychosocial Treatment Programs,” Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 87:2/3, 175-182, 2007.

Olmstead, TA, Roman, PM, Johnson, JA and Sindelar, JL, “Why are Recovering Substance Abuse Counselors Paid Less?” Substance Abuse, 28:1, 31-44, 2007.

Olmstead, TA and JL Sindelar, “Does the Impact of Managed Care on Substance Abuse Treatment Services Vary By Provider Profit Status?” Health Services Research, 40:6, 1862-1882, 2005.

Olmstead, TA, Sindelar, JL, Johnson, JA and P Roman, “What are the Correlates of Substance Abuse Treatment Counselor Salaries?” Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 29:3, 181-189, 2005.

Sindelar, JL and TA Olmstead, “Managed Care’s Dual Impact on Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment: Methadone Maintenance vs. Drug Free,” Journal of Drug Issues, 35:3, 501-522, 2005.

Olmstead, TA and JL Sindelar, “To What Extent Are Key Services Offered in Treatment Programs for Special Populations?” Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 27:1, 9-15, 2004.

Olmstead, TA, White, W and JL Sindelar, “The Impact of Managed Care on Substance Abuse Treatment Services,” Health Services Research, 39:2, 319-344, 2004.

Coglianese, C, Nash, J and TA Olmstead, “Performance-Based Regulation: Prospects and Limitations in Health, Safety, and Environmental Protec¬tion,” Administrative Law Review, 55:4, 2003.

Olmstead, TA, “Freeway Management Systems and Motor Vehicle Crashes: A Case Study of Phoenix, Arizona,” Accident Analysis & Prevention, 33, 433-447, 2001.

Olmstead, TA, "A Pitfall to Avoid When Estimating Incident-Induced Delay Using Deterministic Queuing Models," Transportation Research Record 1683, Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, Washington, DC, 38-46, 1999.

Olmstead, TA and RJ Zeckhauser, "The Menu-Setting Problem and Subsidized Prices: Drug Formulary Illustration," Journal of Health Economics, 18, 523-550, 1999.

Hartmann, ME, and TA Olmstead, “Solving Sequential Knapsack Problems,” Operations Research Letters, 13, 225-232, 1993.

Book Chapters

Sindelar, JL and TA Olmstead, “Illicit Drug Use and Drug-Related Crime,” in A. Jones (ed.), Elgar Companion to Health Economics, 2nd ed., Edward Elgar Publishing, Brookfield, US, 2012.

Olmstead, TA, “The Safety Benefits of Freeway Management Systems and Motorist Assistance Patrols,” in E. Bekiaris and Y. J. Nakanishi (eds.), Economic Impacts of Intelligent Transportation Systems: Innovations and Case Studies, Research in Transportation Economics Series, Elsevier Science Publishers, The Netherlands, 2004.