Alison Cuellar, PhD

Alison Cuellar, PhD


College of Health and Human Services

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Research Theme:

Digital Technologies - Inventing new algorithms, digital techniques, and technologies

Key Interests:

Vulnerable Populations, Medicaid, Mental Health and Substance Use, Criminal Justice Systems, Health Care Delivery Systems, Physician and Hospital Integration, Merger


PhD, Health Services and Policy Analysis, Economics Concentration, University of California

Research Focus

Dr. Cuellar, Professor of Health Administration and Policy, has extensive research experience in health care systems, Medicaid, mental health, and justice involved populations. A health policy researcher, her contributions include work on evaluating new organizational forms, such as hospital systems and physician alliances and their effects on quality, efficiency, costs, prices, and equity. In other work she has examined the intersection of behavioral health and the justice system; Medicaid policies and their impact on justice-involved youth and youth with behavioral health problems; on mental health courts as an innovative alternative for justice-involved juveniles; and on health care services for incarcerated youth and adults returning to the community. She currently also engaged in research related to Medicaid perinatal care, equity, and payment. Her work has been funded by NIMH, NICHD, AHRQ, NIJ, SAMHSA, and private foundations including National Institute for Health Care Management, Robert Wood Johnson, and MacArthur.


College of Health and Human Services

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