Jeffrey P. Cohen, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Hartford (Affiliate)

Research Overview

I am an economist, with current research interests that include: substance abuse treatment costs, efficiency, and productivity; general hospital costs, outcomes, and productivity; productivity of mental health workers at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Current and recent past projects include: Healthcare service utilization by contingency management substance abuse treatment clients (with Nancy Petry and Todd Olmstead), as a part of Dr. Petry’s NIDA REWARD Center project; Productivity of mental health workers at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (with James Burgess, Ted Stefos, et al); and Health Care Reform and Connecticut’s Non-profit Hospitals (with William Gerrish and J. Robert Galvin- former Commissioner of Public Health for the State of Connecticut). I have also been involved in research on the economic costs of smoking in Connecticut (with Katherine Lewis, Judith Cooney, and Pat Checko), funded by the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, and we have presented some of this research to the Connecticut State Legislature.

My other current interests and work in progress include cost efficiency of substance abuse treatment providers in several states; and hospital operating costs, mortality rates at hospitals, and their relationship with hospitals’ locations.


PhD in Economics, University of Maryland, College Park (1998)
MA in Economics, University of Toronto, CANADA (1993)
BS in Quantitative Economics, Tufts University (1992)

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressUniversity of Hartford
Department of Economics, Finance and Insurance
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117