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Kandice A. Kapinos, Ph.D. (she/her) is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and a Senior Economist at the RAND Corporation with 15 years of health economics and policy research experience. She is currently also in her second year of additional training in epidemiology at Harvard Chan School of Public Health. Her research portfolio has primarily focused on the economics of prevention, child and maternal health, and cancer where she typically leads the econometric statistical design, policy evaluation analysis and the cost analytics. She has led the quantitative analysis across a range of additional topics in health, including other examining diseases, intervention and randomized controlled trial studies, and healthcare delivery reform. Her work often includes investigations of health disparities. Dr. Kapinos’ work has been independently funded by NIH, HRSA, HHS, SBA, RWJF Foundation, the California Healthcare Foundation, as well as other foundations, private entities and state agencies. 


Dr. 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 and the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her B.S. from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Research Interest

  • Health Economics, Health Services Research, Health Policy, Child and Maternal Health


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Effects of Women's Weight Changes on Adverse Outcomes in a Second Pregnancy.
Weiss M, Yakusheva O, Kapinos K, J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs 2019 Oct
The Use of and Experiences With Telelactation Among Rural Breastfeeding Mothers: Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Controlled Trial.
Kapinos K, Kotzias V, Bogen D, Ray K, Demirci J, Rigas MA, Uscher-Pines L, J. Med. Internet Res. 2019 Sep 21 9 e13967
Association of Scheduled vs Emergency-Only Dialysis With Health Outcomes and Costs in Undocumented Immigrants With End-stage Renal Disease.
Nguyen OK, Vazquez MA, Charles L, Berger JR, Quiñones H, Fuquay R, Sanders JM, Kapinos KA, Halm EA, Makam AN, JAMA Intern Med 2019 Feb 179 2 175-183
Medical Costs for Osteoporosis-Related Fractures in High-Risk Medicare Beneficiaries.
Kapinos KA, Fischer SH, Mulcahy A, Hayden O, Barron R, J Am Geriatr Soc 2018 12 66 12 2298-2304
The Affordable Care Act, Breastfeeding, and Breast Pump Health Insurance Coverage.
Kapinos KA, Bullinger L, Gurley-Calvez T, JAMA Pediatr 2018 Nov 172 11 1002-1004
On the Value of the Umbilical Cord Blood Supply.
Strong A, Gracner T, Chen P, Kapinos K, Value Health 2018 09 21 9 1077-1082
Effect of the Affordable Care Act on Breastfeeding Outcomes.
Gurley-Calvez T, Bullinger L, Kapinos KA, Am J Public Health 2018 02 108 2 277-283
Lactation Support Services and Breastfeeding Initiation: Evidence from the Affordable Care Act.
Kapinos KA, Bullinger L, Gurley-Calvez T, Health Serv Res 2017 12 52 6 2175-2196
Cesarean deliveries and maternal weight retention.
Kapinos KA, Yakusheva O, Weiss M, BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2017 Oct 17 1 343
Estimating the long-term functional burden of osteoporosis-related fractures.
Fischer S, Kapinos KA, Mulcahy A, Pinto L, Hayden O, Barron R, Osteoporos Int 2017 10 28 10 2843-2851