Olmstead, Todd | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
Education
  • Ph.D. in Public Policy, Harvard University, 2000
  • M.S. in Operations Research, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1994
  • M.S. in Industrial Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1989
  • B.S. in Industrial Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1987
Teaching Areas
  • Research and Empirical Methods
  • Social Policy

Todd Olmstead is an associate professor of public affairs at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to his appointment in 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 is the health economist on several large grants funded by the National Institutes of Health in the area of behavioral health. Current research projects include estimating the cost-effectiveness of:

  • integrating substance abuse treatment services directly into hospital inpatient units
  • providing mental health services to low-income pregnant and parenting women living in public housing systems
  • providing early childhood obesity prevention programs to children attending Head Start centers
  • providing financial incentives to promote initial and repeat HIV testing among high risk women, and
  • providing financial incentives to promote job-seeking activities among unemployed persons living with HIV/AIDS. 

In addition to his work in health care, Olmstead has published in the areas of intelligent transportation systems, highway safety and administrative rulemaking.

Media Expertise
  • Health economics
  • health services research
  • Healthcare Policy
  • Healthcare

Newsworthy

NewsNovember 6, 2019
LBJ School researcher explores employment outcomes for people living with HIV/AIDS

Many persons living with HIV/AIDS experience unemployment with estimates as high as 60 percent. Todd Olmstead, a health economist and professor of public affairs at the LBJ School, along with colleague and principal investigator Dr. Carla Nash from UConn Health, will conduct research on how to improve employment outcomes for unemployed persons living with HIV/AIDS through a $3.3 million 5-year R01 grant funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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NewsJuly 16, 2019
Electronic intervention is a cost-effective way to help women with substance abuse issues

Providing substance-abuse intervention services for women, particularly in the setting of reproductive health centers, is critical to positive patient outcomes, and offering those services electronically is much less expensive and just as effective in reducing substance abuse as a clinician-delivered intervention, according to new research from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin published in the journal Addiction.

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NewsMarch 20, 2019
LBJ's Olmstead on a team awarded a $2.8M grant to study HIV testing intervention

African-American and Latina women, as well as women living in poverty, are at disproportionate risk for contracting HIV. Prevalence is increased further in these women if they have other risk factors, including substance use, history of intimate partner violence, and homelessness. Despite the relatively high prevalence rates in these populations, many of these women have never been tested — and knowledge of one's HIV status is crucial for rapid access to treatment and reducing its spread.

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