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, he conducts economic evaluations of a wide variety of health care programs and teaches courses in empirical methods, management science, and health economics. Dr. Olmstead 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, Dr. Olmstead has published in the areas of intelligent transportation systems, highway safety and administrative rulemaking.

Courses Taught
Media Expertise
  • Health Economics
  • Health Services Research
  • Health Care Policy
  • Health Care


NewsJune 13, 2022
UT researchers aim to get one step further in helping reduce falls and depression among homebound older adults

Namkee Choi from UT School of Social Work is principal investigator and LBJ health economist Todd Olmstead serves as a co-investigator. 


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NewsJune 1, 2022
LBJ School health economist studies programs designed to promote addiction recovery

Todd Olmstead will serve as co-principal investigator and co-investigator on two NIH grants totaling $15M


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NewsJuly 29, 2021
Austin-area residential treatment program improves mental health, saves taxpayers millions

An Austin-area residential mental health care facility is treating a large population experiencing homelessness while saving the local health care system millions annually, according to new peer-reviewed research from The University of Texas at Austin, published today in Psychiatric Services.

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