Alexander Cowell is the principal investigator on a SHARE-funded project researching access to and continuity of behavioral health care in Medicaid and the exchanges for those who transition between these sources of coverage.
Dr. Cowell is a senior research economist at RTI International with expertise in the areas of mental health and substance abuse. In addition to this SHARE project, Dr. Cowell is leading an assessment of the impact of the ACA on behavioral heatlh coverage in private plans and the behavioral heatlh component of an assessment of the impact of the ACA Medicaid expansion. He is also part of a small team supporting the Whitehouse Parity Task Force, which is conducting listening sessions with stakeholders and the public, the result of which will be a report to the President synthesizing the findings and providing policy recommendations on mental health parity. As a recognized expert in Screening and Brief Intervention for harmful alcohol/drug use (SBI), Dr. Cowell also directs the Substantance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA's) cross-site evaluation of the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment program. More generally, Dr. Cowell has considerable experience leading economic evaluations in the areas of mental illness, substance abuse, and criminal and juvenile justice, leading a number of such projects with funders including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and SAMHSA.
Other Professional Roles
Before joining RTI International, Dr. Cowell was a Visiting Research Scholar and Research Assistant in the Department of Economics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he earned his doctorate in Economics.
The State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a part of the Health Policy and Management Division of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.