Kandice A. Kapinos

Kandice A. Kapinos
Senior Economist
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Ph.D. in labor economics/human resources, University of Illinois; M.S. in labor economics/human resources, University of Illinois; B.S. in business administration, University of Texas

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Kandice Kapinos (she/her) is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation with a joint appointment as an associate professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Her research broadly focuses on health economics, health policy, epidemiology, and the economics of prevention, particularly for vulnerable populations. She is currently leading studies related to health care delivery and medical malpractice reform and access to substance use disorder treatment facilities. She is also leading the cost analyses and contributing to the methodological design for other studies on telehealth, diabetes prevention, depression screening and treatment, and CAR-T therapy. Kapinos has led several child and maternal health studies and policy evaluations across a wide range of health and labor economic topics. She has advanced applied econometric, survey methodological skills and more than 13 years of experience leading interdisciplinary research studies.

Kapinos previously worked at the University of Michigan, the U.S. Census Bureau and Abt Associates. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, a VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center of Excellence. Kapinos received her Ph.D. in labor economics/human resources from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently pursuing a Masters in epidemiology at Harvard Chan School of Public Health (expected 2023).       

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Associate Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center


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