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Meet Our Newest Faculty Member, Doug Barthold

We welcome Dr. Doug Barthold, PhD., Research Assistant Professor, to the faculty of the Department of Pharmacy and to The CHOICE Institute!

Doug comes to us from the University of Southern California where he was a post-doctoral scholar with the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. Doug received his BBA in Management, Economics and Mathematics in 2007 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA and then received his PhD. in Economics in 2015 at McGill University in Montreal, QC.

As a health economist and health services researcher, Dr. Barthold is interested in the relationships between health policies, health care utilization, and health outcomes, especially in the pharmaceutical sector. He has experience in rigorous empirical analyses of important policy questions. His dissertation research examined cross-price and offset effects of Medicare Part D on primary care utilization and hospitalizations and this work led to his latest research, which exploits longitudinal Medicare claims to estimate effects of drug therapies used throughout the disease trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). His teaching interests include health economics and health policy, quantitative methods and applied microeconomics. Moving forward, Doug anticipates a productive research agenda with a major focus on AD, and the role of pharmaceuticals in the alleviation of its multifaceted burden.

Fun Facts: He likes to commute by bike, and has been riding the same bicycle since 1999. In his spare time he enjoys exploring mountains, rivers, and other beautiful natural areas. He also likes to study weather data, to understand how a given day’s weather fits in the historical distribution of observed data. Doug is new to the Seattle area so suggestions of “must do or see” I’m sure would be welcome. Doug’s email contact is and his office is H375V.

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