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Kathryn E. McCollister, Ph.D.

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Kathryn E. McCollister, Ph.D.


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  • English
  • Spanish


  • Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Health Services Research & Policy
  • Director, Division of Health Services Research & Policy


Research Interests

• Economic Evaluation
• Cost Effectiveness
• Substance Use Disorders
• Criminal Justice Interventions
• Quality-adjusted Life Years (QALYs)
• Burden of Disease
• Longitudinal Analyses


1999 Ph.D.
Florida International University
1997 M.A.
Florida International University
1993 B.A.
The George Washington University



Kathryn E. McCollister, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Health Economist in the Department of Public Health Sciences (DPHS) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She is the Director of the Division of Health Services Research and Policy in the DPHS.  Dr. McCollister’s primary research focuses on economic evaluation (cost-effectiveness and benefit-cost analyses) of treatment interventions for individuals with substance use disorders, including criminal offenders and pregnant/parenting women. She has also conducted economic studies of a family-based HIV and drug use preventive intervention for Hispanic youth, an early childcare center obesity prevention program, and school-based primary care health centers among disadvantaged communities in Miami-Dade County.  Dr. McCollister’s secondary area of research involves estimating the burden of disease and disparities in health-related quality of life among occupational groups and the visually impaired.  Dr. McCollister has served as the Principal Investigator on projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  She has also collaborated on numerous projects funded by the NIH, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the State of Florida.  Dr. McCollister is currently the Co-Director of the Methodology Core of the NIDA-funded Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV, and HIV (CHERISH; http://www.cherishresearch.org), led by colleagues at Weill Cornell Medical College.  In addition to conducting research, Dr. McCollister teaches Health Economics in the MPH and MD/MPH programs in the DPHS. She also serves as a grant peer reviewer for the NIH and as an editorial board member for the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.

Twitter:  @KEMcCollister