Alison Evans Cuellar, PhD (Chair)

Joined CPSTF: 2018
Appointed Chair: 2023

CPSTF chair Alison Evans Cuellar, PhDAlison Evans Cuellar, PhD is a full professor in health administration and policy at George Mason University and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her recent policy research has focused on post-pandemic changes in perinatal care and behavioral health care, wellness programs, health system integration, video telehealth, and improving cardiac care in small Virginia primary care practices. She also has worked for many years on the intersection of behavioral health, criminal justice and Medicaid policy examining both adult and youth populations. This work has examined behavioral health interventions in the juvenile justice systems; peer recovery specialist services, Medicaid policies and their impact on justice-involved youth and youth with behavioral health problems; and local and state health care services for incarcerated youth and adults returning to the community. Her track record includes numerous successful and collaborative projects on federal, state, local, and private interventions to which she brings her expertise in payer innovations, associated data, and methods.

In addition, Dr. Cuellar is a member of the National Academies’ Committee on Improving the Health and Wellbeing of Children and Youth through Health Care System Transformation and previously served on the Committee on Community Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in the United States. She also served on the National Quality Forum, Measure Applications Partnership Dual Eligible Beneficiaries Workgroup. She serves on the editorial board of Medical Care Research and Review, is co-editor for the Economic Grand Rounds column in Psychiatric Services and has served on the scientific committee of the American Society of Health Economists and the Academy Health annual meetings. She has demonstrated a track record of successful and collaborative research on private, state, and local interventions and policy.