Debra S. Dwyer

Stony Brook University, USA

Debra S. Dwyer earned a B.S. degree in economics from Queens College (CUNY), and an M.S./Ph.D. degree from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations in labor and health economics from Cornell University. Dr. Dwyer went on to complete a one-year postdoctoral position at the Maxwell School of Public Policy, Syracuse University. Her areas of expertise are policy studies of the health and labor market. Her work informs social security and health policy. In addition she has made significant contributions in the measurement and use of survey data in empirical research. She was appointed Chair in 2009. Prior to coming to Stony Brook University, Dr. Dwyer was Senior Economist at the Division of Economic Research, Office of Research Evaluation and Statistics, Social Security Administration, Washington, DC. She worked as part of the disability project team that focused on the disability components of the social security system. Through that work she developed a model for simulating eligibility for disability insurance and supplemental security income in the general population. In addition to her teaching responsibilities in health care policy and health economics, Debra advises and mentors undergraduate and graduate students (M.A., Ph.D.) in a number of areas within health care policy research. She serves on many academic and community service committees as well as a referee for several peer-reviewed journals and books in the areas of health and labor economics. Her research projects and interests include information in the health market, obesity, adolescent risky behavior, work and health, and Medicare reform.

Biography Updated on 15 August 2012

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