Todd Olmstead, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to his appointment in 2013, he was an Associate Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy, where he was the recipient of the 2011 Teaching Award. Olmstead is the health economist on several large grants funded by the National Institutes of Health in the area of behavioral health.
Current research projects include estimating the cost-effectiveness of (a) integrating substance abuse treatment services directly into hospital inpatient units, (b) providing mental health services to low-income pregnant and parenting women living in public housing systems, and (c) providing early childhood obesity prevention programs to children attending Head Start centers. Other projects include estimating the impact of community health paramedic programs on the use of healthcare services. In addition to his work in health care, Olmstead has published in the areas of intelligent transportation systems, highway safety and administrative rulemaking.