Kandice Kapinos is a health and labor economist at the RAND Corporation, a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty, and adjunct faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Her research focuses on health economics, health services research and the economics of prevention, particularly for vulnerable populations. Recently she completed several child and maternal health studies, including studies of peer and environmental effects in adolescent obesity and pregnancy, effects of perinatal maternal weight trajectories on maternal and child health outcomes, the effects of Cesarean deliveries on maternal health, and a study on the cord blood industry in the U.S. Her work often includes investigations of health disparities, for example, in breastfeeding, obesity, and cancer screening. She is currently leading and contributing to a several studies on the California Workers’ Compensation system. She also has extensive experience with health policy evaluation studies across a wide range of health topics. Much of this work has focused on policies aimed at improving preventive health utilization: state and federal mandated health insurance coverage of cancer screening; the Affordable Care Act mandate requiring health insurance plans to cover lactation support services and breast pumps; various other ACA policies; and employer-provided wellness programs. She has advanced applied econometric and survey methodological skills.
Kapinos previously worked at the University of Michigan, the U.S. Census Bureau and Abt Associates. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, a VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center of Excellence and the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.