My name is Theodore Caputi. I am currently studying at the University of York as a British Marshall Scholar. After my Marshall studies, I will begin studying for a Ph.D. in Economics at MIT. I am also the author of the Behavioral Health Matters blog for Psychology Today.
I graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics in 2017 and first in my class with a Master of Public Health from University College Cork as a Mitchell Scholar in 2019. From 2018-2019, I was a Research Assistant for Professor Amanda Pallais at Harvard University’s Department of Economics and the National Bureau of Economic Research.
I am interested in the intersection of economics and health. Specifically, I use tools from economics (and related fields) to explore behavioral public health and health care policy for substance use disorders and addiction. I have researched the factors that lead adolescents and young adults to indulge in risky behaviors and how policy-makers can effectively and efficiently provide high-quality health care for people with substance use disorders.
Most of my published papers are available free-of-charge on this site. My work has been featured in journals such as Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), JAMA Internal Medicine, JAMA Pediatrics, Health Affairs, Addiction, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, and Tobacco Control and in news outlets such as the LA Times and CNN.
I am fortunate to have worked closely with several internationally-recognized addiction and public health experts, including Dr. John W. Ayers (University of California, San Diego), Dr. Mark Dredze (Johns Hopkins University), Dr. Keith Humphreys (Stanford University), Dr. Tom McLellan (University of Pennsylvania & Treatment Research Institute), and Dr. Kevin Sabet (University of Florida).