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The Impact of Parental Drinking on Children's Use of Health Care (with Ana I. Balsa), Substance Use and Misuse (2012)

While a significant body of literature documents the health problems of children caused by and/or...

 

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The Economic Costs of Quarterly Monitoring and Recovery Management Checkups for Adults with Chronic Substance Use Disorders (with Michael L. Dennis, Kathryn E. McCollister, and Christy K. Scott), Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (2011)

Recovery management checkups (RMCs) for clients with substance use disorders reduce the time from relapse...

 

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Alcohol Use and Popularity: Social Payoffs from Conforming to Peers' Behavior (with Ana Balsa, Jenny Homer, and Edward Norton), The Journal of Research on Adolescence (2011)

Although many economic analyses of adolescents have examined the costs of risky behaviors, few have...

 

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Beauty and the Labor Market: Accounting for the Additional Effects of Personality and Grooming (with Philip K. Robins and Jenny F. Homer), LABOUR: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations (2011)

This paper examines the influence of three non-cognitive personal traits — beauty, personality, and grooming...

 

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Disseminating quality improvement: study protocol for a large cluster-randomized trial (with Andrew R. Quanbeck, David H. Gustafson, James H. Ford II, Alice Pulvermacher, K John McConnell, and Dennis M. McCarty), Implementation Science (2011)

Background: Dissemination is a critical facet of implementing quality improvement in organizations. As a field,...

 

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Does having a dysfunctional personality hurt your career? Axis II personality disorders and labor market outcomes (with Johanna Catherine Maclean and Susan L. Ettner), Industrial Relations (2011)

Despite recent interest in how psychiatric disorders affect work outcomes, little is known about the...

 

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Longitudinal Analysis of Changes in Illicit Drug Use and Health Services Utilization (with Hai Fang and Ana Balsa), Health Services Research (2011)

Objective. To analyze the relationships between illicit drug use and three types of health services...

 

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That Instrument is Lousy! In Search of Agreement When Using Instrumental Variables Estimation in Substance Use Research (with Ioana Popovici), Health Economics (2011)

The primary statistical challenge that must be addressed when using cross-sectional data to estimate the...

 

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The effects of alcohol use on academic achievement in high school (with Ana Balsa and Laura M. Giuliano), Economics of Education Review (2011)

This paper examines the effects of alcohol use on high school students’ quality of learning....

 

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This Recession is Wearing Me Out! Health-Related Quality of Life and Economic Downturns (with Maria E. Davalos), Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics (2011)

Previous research on the relationships between macroeconomic conditions and health status reveal improvements in physical...

 

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Alcohol Consumption and Body Weight (with E C. Norton, H Fang, and J C. Maclean), Health Economics (2010)

The number of Americans who are overweight or obese has reached epidemic proportions. Elevated weight...

 

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Alcohol Use and the Labor Market in Uruguay (with Ana I. Balsa), Health Economics (2010)

This paper is one of only a few studies to examine potential labor market consequences...

 

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Economic Evaluation of a Pre-Release Substance Abuse Treatment Program for Repeat Criminal Offenders (with Hai Fang and Ralph Fretz), Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (2010)

Substance use disorders are common conditions among repeat criminal offenders. Without addressing these underlying substance...

 

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Heavy Drinking and Health Promotion Activities (with Susan L. Ettner and Ioana Popovici), Social Science and Medicine (2010)

Empirical evidence suggests that individuals who consume relatively large amounts of alcohol are more likely...

 

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The cost of crime to society: New crime-specific estimates for policy and program evaluation (with Kathryn E. McCollister and Hai Fang), Drug and Alcohol Dependence (2010)

Estimating the cost to society of individual crimes is essential to the economic evaluation of...

 

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The Cost of Treating Addiction from the Client's Perspective: Results from a Multi-Modality Application of the Client DATCAP (with Kathryn E. McCollister, Jeffrey M. Pyne, Brenda Booth, Richard Rapp, and Carey Carr), Faculty Articles and Papers (2009)

There is a considerable disparity between the number of individuals who need substance abuse treatment...

 

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“Effects of Physical Attractiveness, Personality, and Grooming on Academic Performance in High School (with Philip K. Robins, Jenny F. Homer, and Lauren M. Tapsell), Labour Economics (2009)

Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), we investigate whether...

 

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Estimating the Differential Costs of Criminal Activity for Juvenile Drug Court Participants: Challenges and Recommendations (with Kathryn E. McCollister, Ashli J. Sheidow, Scott W. Henggeler, and Colleen Halliday-Boykins), The Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research (2009)

Juvenile drug court (JDC) programs have expanded rapidly over the past 20 years and are...

 

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From Pubs to Scrubs: Alcohol Misuse and Health Care Use (with Ana I. Balsa, Johanna Catherine Maclean, and Edward C. Norton), Health Services Research (2009)

To analyze the relationships between alcohol misuse and two types of acute health care use—hospital...

 

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Public Policies and Motorcycle Safety (with Gulcin Gumus and Jenny F. Homer), Journal of health Economics (2009)

Numerous studies have examined the effectiveness of alcohol and traffic policies in reducing automobile crashes...

 

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Substance Use, Education, Employment, and Criminal Activity Outcomes of Adolescents in Outpatient Chemical Dependency Programs (with Ana I. Balsa, Jenny F. Homer, and Constance M. Weisner), The Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research (2009)

Although the primary outcome of interest in clinical evaluations of addiction treatment programs is usually...

 

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The cost of treating addiction from the client's perspective: Results from a multi-modality application of the client DATCAP (with Kathryn E. McCollister, Jeffrey M. Pyne, Brenda Booth, Richard Rapp, and Carey Carr), Drug and Alcohol Dependence (2009)

There is a considerable disparity between the number of individuals who need substance abuse treatment...

 

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The Health Effects of Parental Problem Drinking on Adult Children (with Ana I. Balsa and Jenny F. Homer), Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics (2009)

BACKGROUND: Much of the research on adult children of alcoholics has focused on the transmission...

 

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Alcohol Consumption and Health Among Elders (with Ana I. Balsa, Jenny F. Homer, and Michael F. Fleming), The Gerontologist (2008)

Purpose: This article estimates the effects of alcohol consumption on self-reported overall health status, injuries,...

 

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Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (CEA) of Four Interventions for Adolescents with a Substance Use Disorder (with Silvana K. Zavala, Kathryn E. McCollister, Holly B. Waldron, Charles W. Turner, and Timothy J. Ozechowski), Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (2008)

Alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use among adolescents in the U.S. continues to be a...

 

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Drinkers and Bettors: Investigating the Complementarity of Alcohol Consumption and Problem Gambling (with JC Maclean and SL Ettner), Drug and Alcohol Dependence (2008)

Regulated gambling is a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States with greater than 100%...

 

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Economic Evaluation of Adolescent Addiction Programs: Methodologic Challenges and Recommendations (with Jenny F. Homer and Michael F. Drummond), Journal of Adolescent Health (2008)

This article identifies and describes several methodologic challenges encountered in economic evaluations of substance abuse...

 

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Economic Evaluation of Continuing Care Interventions in the Treatment of Substance Abuse (with Ioana Popovici and James R. McKay), Evaluation Review (2008)

The chronic and relapsing nature of substance abuse points to the need for continuing care...

 

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The Economic Costs of Substance Abuse Treatment: Updated Estimates and Cost Bands for Program Assessment and Reimbursement (with Ioana Popovici and Lauren M. Tapsell), Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (2008)

Federal, state, and local government agencies require current and accurate cost information for publicly funded...

 

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The Role of Alcohol Use in Emergency Department Episodes (with Gulcin Gumus and Heather L. Turner), Substance Use and Misuse (2008)

This study investigates the association between alcohol use and emergency-department (ED) utilization in the United...

 

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“Utilization and Cost of Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Medical Services among At-Risk Drinkers (with Paul J. Nieter, JoAnn E. Kirchne, and Brenda M. Booth), Medical Care Research and Review (2007)

The objective of this research was to examine whether users of mental health or substance...

 

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“Does America Spend Enough on Addiction Treatment?: Results from Public Opinion Surveys (with Amie L. Nielsen and Jenny F. Homer), Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (2006)

Addiction treatment is often misunderstood and underappreciated in the United States. Although a large body...

 

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Measuring use of health services for at-risk drinkers: How brief can you get? (with Brenda M. Booth, JoAnn E. Kirchne, Stacy M. Fortney, Xiaotong Han, and Carol R. Thrush), Journal of Behavioral Health Services (2006)

This study examines the validity, utility, and costs of using a brief telephone-administered instrument, the...

 

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Price Elasticity of Demand for Malt Liquor Beer: Findings from a Pilot Study (with Didra BrownTaylor and Ricky N. Bluthenthal), Social Science and Medicine (2006)

Our objective is to estimate the relative price elasticity of demand for malt liquor beer...

 

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Alcohol Consumption, Risk of Injury, and High-Cost Medical Care (with Helena J. Salome, Helen Matzger, and Constance Weisner), Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research (2005)

This study examined the effect of alcohol use on the probabilities of injury, inpatient hospital...

 

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A research agenda for economic evaluation of substance abuse services (with M. C. Drummond), Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (2005)

Economic analyses of substance abuse interventions play a critical role in informing the decision makers...

 

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Brief Physician Advice for Problem Drinking among Older Adults: An Economic Analysis of Costs and Benefits (with Marlon P. Mundt, M. Christopher Roebuck, Linda B. Manwell, and Kristen L. Barry), Journal of Studies on Alcohol (2005)

Objective: Problem alcohol use among elderly persons can have a variety of health-related consequences, complicating...

 

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Women's Programs vs. Mixed Gender-Day Treatment: Results from a Randomized Study (with Jane Witbrodt, Lee Ann Kaskutas, and Lixia Zhang), Addiction (2005)

Aims To compare outcomes and costs of out-patient women's treatment to mixed-gender programs. Design Randomized...

 

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Cost-effectiveness analysis of a brief intervention delivered to problem drinkers presenting at an inner-city hospital emergency department (with F. Michael Kunz and Shahrzad Bazargan-Hejazi), Journal of Studies on Alcohol (2004)

Objective: Alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI) has gained widespread acceptance as an effective method...

 

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Cost Estimation When Time and Resources are Limited: The Brief DATCAP (with M. Christopher Roebuck and A. Thomas McLellan), Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (2004)

The Drug Abuse Treatment Cost Analysis Program (DATCAP) was designed in the early 1990s as...

 

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Outcomes and Costs of Day Hospital Treatment and Nonmedical Day Treatment for Chemical Dependency (with Jane Witbrodt and Lee Ann Kaskutas), Journal of Studies on Alcohol (2004)

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to estimate the outcomes and costs of day...

 

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Out of Touch or on the Money: Do the Clinical Objectives of Addiction Treatment Coincide with Economic Evaluation Results? (with Clara E. Dismuke, Helena J. Salome, Mark A. Foss, Chris K. Scott, and Michael L. Dennis), Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (2004)

Previous economic studies have examined the association between substance abuse treatment and reduced costs to...

 

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Physical Appearance and Earnings: Further Evidence, Applied Economics (2002)

The literature contains numerous studies on earnings differentials based on age, race, and gender. Comparatively...

 

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Illicit Drug Use, Employment, and Labor Force Participation (with M. Christopher Roebuck and Pierre K. Alexandre), Illicit Drug Use, Employment, and Labor Force Participation (2001)

Illicit drug use has declined among the U.S. adult population, but national surveys show the...

 

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Labor Supply of Poor Residents in Metropolitan Miami, Florida: The Role of Depression and the Co-Morbid Effects of Substance Use (with Pierre K. Alexandre), The Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics (2001)

BACKGROUND: Depression represents one of the most common behavioral health problems among the workforce in...

 

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Using the Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST-10) to Analyze Health Services Utilization and Cost for Substance Abusers in a Community-Based Setting (with M. Christopher Roebuck, Kerry Anne McGeary, Dale D. Chitwood, and Clyde B. McCoy), Substance Use and Misuse (2001)

The dual purpose of this study was to: (1) determine whether problematic drug users, defined...

 

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Symptoms of Dependence, Multiple Substance Use, and Labor Market Outcomes (with Michael L. Dennis, Jeremy W. Bray, and Gary A. Zarkin), The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse (2000)

The prevalence and costs of alcohol and drug disorders pose a serious social concern for...

 

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The Relationship Between Drug Use and Labor Supply for Young Men (with Gary A. Zarkin, Thomas A. Mroz, and Jeremy W. Bray), Labour Economics (1998)

This paper examines the relationship between young men's hours worked and their use of marijuana,...

 

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Does Drug Abuse Treatment Affect Employment and Earnings of Clients? (with J. Valley Rachal, Henrick J. Harwood, and Robert L. Hubbard), Benefits Quarterly (1990)

Drug abuse treatment is an effective way to reduce drug use. Treatment is also intended...