Olmstead, Todd | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • 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. At the LBJ School, Olmstead conducts economic evaluations of a wide variety of health care programs and teaches courses in empirical methods, management science, and health economics. He is the health economist on several large grants funded by the National Institutes of Health. Current research projects include estimating the cost-effectiveness of:

  • providing mental health services to low-income pregnant and parenting women living in public housing systems;
  • using technology to improve retention in and adherence to addiction treatment for individuals with opioid use disorders;
  • providing early childhood obesity prevention programs to children attending Head Start centers;
  • using mailed FIT (fecal immunochemical test) kits to screen for colorectal cancer in a safety net clinic population;
  • providing financial incentives to promote 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


NewsApril 9, 2021
Todd Olmstead on team awarded $3.5M grant to study peer recovery support in substance use treatment

LBJ School Professor of Public Affairs Todd Olmstead is a co-investigator on a recently awarded National Institutes of Health grant to examine the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of using peer recovery supports (paraprofessionals who have "lived experience" with substance use problems) to improve treatment adherence and reduce treatment dropout among emerging adults (ages 18-25) with substance use disorders.

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NewsApril 9, 2021
April 9: Faculty Research, Policy Engagement and News

10 features from the week 

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NewsJune 9, 2020
LBJ faculty lauded for achievements during 2019–20 academic year

While this past academic year saw some remarkable changes in the academic process, the continued excellence of LBJ School faculty remained constant. Here is a collection of the recognition that LBJ faculty garnered in 2019–20.

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