Annie Chen

Annie Chen
Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School, and Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND


D.D.S. in dentistry, National Yang Ming University; M.S. in health policy and law, National Yang Ming University


Annie Yu-An Chen is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She has a D.D.S. and an M.S. in health policy and law from National Yang Ming University in Taiwan. Her research covers analyses of healthcare utilization, cost, and medication adherence data, especially those based on large healthcare databases such as Medicare claims data and Medicaid claims data.  

Chen has considerable experience in econometric analyses, as well as using microsimulation models to project future disease burden. Her dissertation uses microsimulation models to predict the impact of advancements in Alzheimer's disease treatments on future demand and supply of health care workforce and informal caregivers. Most recently, she has worked on combining Taiwanese data with the Future Elderly Microsimulation software and conduct a cross-country comparison of future informal caregiving need in Taiwan and the U.S. 

Prior to joining Pardee RAND, she was a research assistant at National Yang Ming University, where she used econometrics methods to study gender-based violence, quality of end-of-life care, and integrated care among other topics. Previously, she practiced as a general dentist in Taiwan.

Selected Publications

Chen AY-A, Geissler KH, Dick AW, Goff S, Kranz AM, "Association between insurance type and fluoride varnish application during well-child visits in Massachusetts," Academic Pediatrics

Chen AY-A, Sturm R, "Diet quality in the US improved during the Great Recession and deteriorated during economic recovery," Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2022

Chen AY, Powell D, Stein BD, "Changes in Buprenorphine and Methadone Supplies in the US During the COVID-19 Pandemic," JAMA Network Open

Chen AY-A, Opper IM, Dick AW, Stein BD, Kranz AM, "Pediatric oral health services in Medicaid managed care and fee for service," The American journal of managed care

Harrison JM, Kranz AM, Chen AY, Liu HH, Martsolf GR, Cohen CC, Dworsky M, "The Impact of Nurse Practitioner-Led Primary Care on Quality and Cost for Medicaid-Enrolled Patients in States With Pay Parity," INQUIRY: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing

Herman PM, Chen AY-A, Sturm R., "Improving Diet Quality in U.S. Adults: A 30-Year Health and Economic Impact Microsimulation.," American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2022

Chen AY-A, Sturm R, "Depressive Symptoms among US Adults during the Great Recession and Economic Recovery," The Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, 2022

Chen, Annie Y., Bradley Chen, and Chin-Chi Kuo, "Better Continuity of Care Improves the Quality of End-of-Life Care among Elderly Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease," Scientific Reports, 10(1), 2020


Mandarin; French; Japanese