Todd A Olmstead
Todd Olmstead is an Associate Professor of Public Affairs and a James and Claudia Richter Chair Fellow at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also a Research Scholar at the Seton/UTSW Clinical Research Institute of Austin. Prior to his appointment on August 1, 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 uses statistics, economics, and operations research to design, implement, and evaluate a wide variety of health care interventions and evidence-based practices. He is the health economist on several large NIH-funded grants in the area of behavioral health. Current research projects include estimating the cost-effectiveness of (a) integrating substance abuse treatment services directly into hospital inpatient units, (b) computer- vs. clinician-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy for patients with substance use disorder, and (c) providing mental health services to low-income pregnant and parenting women living in public housing systems. Other projects include estimating the impact of gambling treatment on the utilization of health care services, estimating the price elasticities of demand for illicit drugs, and the design, implementation and evaluation of mobile stroke units. In addition to his work in health care, Olmstead has published in the areas of intelligent transportation systems, highway safety, and administrative rulemaking. He holds degrees in public policy (PhD, Harvard University), operations research (MS, UNC-Chapel Hill), and industrial engineering (MS, BS, SUNY-Buffalo).