Kevin Griffith, PhD

Assistant Professor
Health Policy
2525 West End Ave.
Room / Suite
(615) 322-5296

Veteran health, Medicaid Policy, healthcare workforce, alternative payment models

Kevin Griffith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and an Investigator at the Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center at the Veterans Health Administration. He has worked in government at local, state, and federal levels, developed a lifelong commitment to encourage policies informed by research and evidence, and uses that evidence to improve incentive design and effectiveness of pay-for-performance programs. His research also focuses on improving access to care especially for our nation’s veterans, Medicaid policy, nursing scope of practice, and alternative payment models for prescription drugs. His work has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals including JAMA Internal Medicine, Health Affairs, or Diabetes Care, and has been covered more broadly by NPR, USA Today, Axios, or Bloomberg News.


Kevin is also a former Presidential Management Fellow and behavioral research scientist at the U.S. Army and Department of Defense, where he evaluated the costs and outcomes of interventions to improve mental health & resilience in active-duty soldiers.  He holds a PhD in Health Services Research (health economics track) from Boston University, and received both a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and BS in Economics from The Ohio State University.

See Dr. Griffith's full CV here.


Recent & Highlighted Research

Feyman Y, Avila CJ, Auty S, Mulugeta M, Strombotne K, Legler A, Griffith K. Racial and ethnic disparities in excess mortality among U.S. veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health Serv Res. 2023 June; 58(3):642-653. doi:10.1111/1475-6773.14112PubMed PMID: 36478574 Citation in REDCap PMC9878051.

Tenso K, Strombotne KL, Feyman Y, Auty SG, Legler A, Griffith KN. Excess Mortality at Veterans Health Administration Facilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Med Care. 2023 May 22. doi:10.1097/MLR.0000000000001866PubMed PMID: 37219062 Citation in REDCap

Loo S, Brady KJS, Ragavan MI, Griffith KN. Validation of the Clinicians' Cultural Sensitivity Survey for Use in Pedatric Primary Care Settings. J Immigr Minor Health. 2023 March 26. doi:10.1007/s10903-023-01469-2PubMed PMID: 36966449 Citation in REDCap

Treasure G, Anderson DM, Hatcher L, Makhoul AE, Johnson D, Stefan J, Griffith KN. Plan Selection, Enrollee Risk, and Health Spending on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Individual Marketplaces, 2019. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 March 01; 6(3):e234529. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.4529PubMed PMID: 36995715 Citation in REDCap PMC10064254.

Auty SG, Aswani MS, Wahbi RN, Griffith KN. Changes in Health Care Access by Race, Income, and Medicaid Expansion During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Med Care. 2023 January 01; 61(1):45-49. doi:10.1097/MLR.0000000000001788PubMed PMID: 36477619 Citation in REDCap PMC9741953.

Hooper M, Reinhart M, Dusetzina SB, Walsh C, Griffith KN. Trends in U.S. self-reported health and self-care behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic. PLoS One. 2023 January; 18(9):e0291667. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0291667PubMed PMID: 37725598 Citation in REDCap PMC10508610.