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Alison Evans Cuellar, PhD, MBA

Department of Health Administration and Policy

Alison Cuellar

Dr. Cuellar, Professor of Health Administration and Policy, has extensive research experience in health care systems, Medicaid, mental health, and justice involved populations. Her contributions include work on identifying and evaluating new organizational forms, such as hospital systems and physician alliances, and their effects on quality, efficiency, costs, prices, and technology adoption. In other work supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, she has examined the intersection of behavioral health and the juvenile justice systems; on Medicaid policies and their impact on justice-involved youth and youth with behavioral health problems; on mental health courts as an innovative alternative for juvenile delinquents; and on health care services for incarcerated youth and adults returning to the community. 

She is Associate Editor for the Southern Economic Journal, serves on the editorial board of Medical Care Research and Review, and co-editor of the Economic Grand Rounds column in the journal Psychiatric Services. Dr. Cuellar is also affiliated with the Center for Micro-Economic Policy Research, a forum for policy-relevant research using micro-economic and micro-econometric methods hosted by GMU’s Schar School of Policy and Government. Recently, Dr. Cuellar was appointed to a 19-person Committee on Community-Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in the United States. The committee, formed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, released its findings earlier this year. Previously, she was a member of a national collaborative Mental Health Policy network supported by the MacArthur Foundation. She also was co-investigator on a pediatric health needs assessment in Washington, D.C. with a special focus on vulnerable and minority populations. In addition, she spent the 2005-06 academic year as a visiting economist to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Her work has been published in several journals, including Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Journal of Health Economics, American Journal of Public Health, Health Affairs, Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, American Journal of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Services, among others. Previously, Dr. Cuellar was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University.


  • PhD, University of California at Berkeley, 2001
  • MBA, University of Texas at Austin, 1989
  • BA, University of Texas at Austin with Highest Honors, 1987