David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Division of General Internal Medicine
& Health Services Research
911 Broxton Plaza, Room 106
Box 951736
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1736

Phone: (310) 794-2289
Email: settner@mednet.ucla.edu




Susan L. Ettner is Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research in the UCLA Department of Medicine and in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Dr. Ettner obtained her Ph.D. in Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991. She was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School in the Department of Health Care Policy prior to joining UCLA in 1999. Dr. Ettner was the 2001 recipient of the Alice S. Hersch New Investigator Award by the Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy, given each year to the outstanding new health services researcher in the country. Dr. Ettner's research interests include mental health and substance abuse services, reciprocity in the relationship between health and labor market outcomes, insurance markets and managed care, chronic disability, post-acute and long-term care. She teaches doctoral-level courses on advanced study design and research methods in the School of Public Health. Dr. Ettner has been involved as PI or Co-Investigator in a number of research projects, most recently including: an evaluation of the impact of the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) on insurance benefit design and behavioral healthcare utilization;a study of the cost-effectiveness of a randomized, integrated patient-provider intervention to prevent harmful and hazardous alcohol use in the elderly; an evaluation of the impact of the Medicare Part D benzodiazepine exclusion on managed care patients with anxiety diagnoses or a history of benzodiazepine use; an administrative data analysis of treatment patterns and their relationship to outcomes among managed behavioral health patients; an assessment of predictors of health services use, cost and outcomes among triply diagnosed HIV+ patients; a national multi-site evaluation of the implementation of Center for Mental Health Services-funded systems of care for children and families; a study examining within- vs. between-physician variation to explain racial disparities in quality of cancer care; and a cost analysis of a chronic care model-based intervention to improve the quality of stroke preventive services in disadvantaged populations at three LA County hospitals. Dr. Ettner is a member of the Task Force and former legislative analyst for the California Health Benefits Review Program, which provides independent analyses of the medical, financial, and public health impacts of proposed health insurance benefit mandates.