Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Administration
I am a PhD Candidate in the University of Georgia’s Department of Public Administration and Policy, specializing in health policy. I’m interested in maternal and child health and the impact of medical cannabis on health and labor outcomes. I conduct research related to a variety of health policy topics (including pharmaceutical use, physician decision-making, cannabis policy, and maternal and child health). My broad research agenda is focused on examining how cannabis can be a suitable substitution for pharmaceutical medications and how to best mitigate the negative effects of cannabis legalization. My dissertation work focuses on the impact of adding cannabis to state PDMPs, in terms of accidental poisonings and physician prescribing behavior. In my job market paper, I estimate the direct and spillover effects of states adding medical cannabis to their prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), and I find significant decrease in the prescription of medications contraindicated for use with cannabis and controlled substances broadly.