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Mark Smith, PhD

Research Director, Behavioral Health and Quality Research

Dr. Smith is a health economist with 15 years of experience in quality measurement and improvement and in behavioral health services. Dr. Smith uses advanced statistical methods with primary and secondary data to evaluate the treatment patterns and costs associated with a wide range of conditions, from mental and substance use disorders to heart disease, kidney injury, and preterm delivery.

Dr. Smith has studied employment outcomes among individuals with psychiatric disability and people who experience interpersonal violence. He has also designed, performed, and overseen literature reviews and statistical analyses, presented findings to clients and conferences, and authored more than 60 reports and journal articles. In 2011 and 2012, Dr. Smith managed development of the Healthcare Rating System for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, an automated system to measure adherence to more than 200 quality measures in community hospitals and clinics. Since 2013 he has led federal projects investigating new research methods for hospital costing and merging laboratory results to hospital insurance claims. Policy analysis is a regular part of Dr. Smith’s research, beginning with his dissertation on the impacts of state welfare programs. At Truven Health he has researched the impact of mental health parity legislation on insurance companies and the demand for treatment. His public service includes reviewing proposals, manuscripts, and conference abstracts, and service on journal boards.


Dr. Smith has a PhD in economics from Yale University and a BA in economics from Oberlin College.

  • Adjunct Affiliate, Stanford Health Policy / Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford University
  • American Economic Association (AEA)
  • American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon)
  • International Health Economics Association (iHEA)
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