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Richard Lindrooth PhD

  • Department of Health Systems, Management & Policy

Richard C. Lindrooth, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Health Systems, Management and Policy in the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He is also a co-director of the department's Health Service Research PhD program. He teaches graduate-level Health Care Financial Management and Health Services Research Methods.  

Dr. Lindrooth's research has primarily been focused on three topical areas: the economics of the hospital industry, mental health services research, and health policy. His ongoing research is focused on understanding the role that management practices play in determining differences in the quality of care and treatment decisions in cardiac care units. He recently started a project funded by the NIH Common Fund focused on understanding the differences in outcomes and cost between a system using global bundled payments and one that uses fee-for-service and primary care capitated payments in Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations. Dr. Lindrooth has been PI on several R01 grants funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He has also been PI on projects funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Berlex Laboratories. 

Dr. Lindrooth was awarded the Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize in 2007 for his joint research with Dr. Jeffrey McCullough on Medicaid women's health policy. He received his PhD and MA in Economics from the University of Washington and a BA in Economics from the University of Vermont. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Health economics and policy
  • Hospital industry
  • Mental Health Services

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • University of Washington, PhD, Economics, 1998
  • University of Washington, MA, Economics, 1994
  • University of Vermont, BA, Economics, 1988



  • Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize in 2007

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