Adam Atherly, Ph.D.
Director of the Health Services Research Center
Professor of Medicine at the Larner College of Medicine
An expert in health economics and the economics of aging and consumer decisions regarding health plan choice, Dr. Atherly holds a Ph.D. in health services research, policy and administration from the University of Minnesota, and an M.A. in economics from the University of Washington.He joined the Colorado School of Public Health as associate professor and founding chair of the Department of Health Systems, Management and Policy in 2009 and was promoted to full professor in 2016. Consistently funded since 2002 by such agencies as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, NIH, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Atherly’s research targets health economics, with an emphasis on the economics of aging and consumer decisions regarding health plan choice. His research spans numerous methodological and topical areas, including healthcare spending and expenditure modeling, scale development and psychometric analysis, evaluation of efforts to improve quality of care and patient safety and cost-effectiveness analysis. He is the author of more than 70 journal articles and book chapters and has presented his work at more than 75 national professional meetings.