Ellen Meara, PhD

Associate Professor of The Dartmouth Institute

Ellen Meara, PhD



(603) 653-0899


  • PhD, Harvard University, 1999
  • BA, Northwestern University, 1991

Primary Contact

Suzanne Burge
(603) 653-0824

Curriculum Vitae

Ellen Meara CV


National Bureau of Economic Research Faculty Research Fellow
Adjunct Associate Professor in Economics & Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, Dartmouth College

Areas of Expertise

 Nonmedical determinants of health care utilization, health, and economic outcomes. The impact of health and income support policies on individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders. Health and labor market outcomes related to federal disability programs.

Published Research

Implementation of a Pilot ACO Payment Model and the Use of Discretionary and Non-Discretionary Cardiovascular Care
CirculationAHA, Oct. 20, 2014; 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.114.011470
Few ACOs Pursue Innovative Models That Integrate Care For Mental Illness And Substance Abuse With Primary Care
Health Affairs, October 2014;vol. 33 no. 10: 1805-1816
Prescription Opioid Use Among Disabled Medicare Beneficiaries: Intensity, Trends, and Regional Variation
Medical Care, September 2014;52(9): 852-859DOI:10.1097/MLR.0000000000000183
Use of Hospital-Based Services Among Young Adults With Behavioral Health Diagnoses Before and After Health Insurance Expansions
JAMA Psychiatry, Feb. 19, 2014; [Epub ahead of print]
Characteristics of Adults with Substance Use Disorders Expected to be Eligible for Medicaid Under the ACA
Psychiatric Services, March 2013;10.1176/appi.ps.201200011:
Spending Differences Associated With the Medicare Physician Group Practice Demonstration
JAMA, Sept. 12, 2012;Vol. 308, no. 10: 1015-1023
Behavioral Health Services in Separate CHIP Programs on the Eve of Parity
Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, May 2012;Vol. 39: pp. 147-57
The Impact of Payment Reforms on Chemotherapy at the End of Life
joint issue of the Journal of Oncology Practice and the American Journal of Managed Care, 2012;18(5): e200-8
Induced Innovation and Social Inequality: Evidence from Infant Medical Care
Journal of Human Resources, March 2012;Vol. 47: pp. 456-492

In the Media

Millions with Disabilities Get Heavy-Duty Painkillers USA Today, August 15, 2014 »

Health Survey: Half of Americans Don’t Understand Healthcare Law Al Jazeera America, March 24, 2014 »

Study: Healthcare Expansion Won’t Overload Hospitals with Young Mental Health Patients Healthline News, February 19, 2014 »