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Kandice Kapinos is a health and labor economist with a joint appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Population and Data Sciences and Internal Medince at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and as a Senior Economist at the RAND Corporation.

Her research focuses on health economics, health services research and the economics of prevention, particularly for vulnerable populations. Recently she completed several child and maternal health studies, including studies of peer and environmental effects in adolescent obesity and pregnancy, effects of perinatal maternal weight trajectories on maternal and child health outcomes, the effects of Cesarean deliveries on maternal health, and a study on the cord blood industry in the U.S. Her work often includes investigations of health disparities, for example, in breastfeeding, obesity, and cancer screening. She also has extensive experience with health policy evaluation studies across a wide range of health topics,. Much of this work has focused on policies aimed at improving preventive health utilization: state and federal mandated health insurance coverage of cancer screening; the Affordable Care Act mandate requiring health insurance plans to cover lactation support services and breast pumps; various other ACA policies; and employer-provided wellness programs. She has advanced applied econometric and survey methodological skills.

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.

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, QuiƱones 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