Kevin N. Griffith, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Faculty Appointments
Assistant Professor of Health Policy
Ph.D., Health Services Research, Boston University, Boston, MassachusettsM.P.A., Ohio State University, Columbus, OhioB.S., Economics and Political Science, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Office Address
2525 West End Avenue
Suite 1204
Nashville, TN 37203
Research Description
Kevin Griffith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and an Investigator at the Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center at the VA Boston Healthcare System. He has worked in government at local, state, and federal levels, developed a lifelong commitment to encourage policies informed by research and evidence, and uses that evidence to improve incentive design and effectiveness of public programs. His research also focuses on improving access to care especially for our nation’s veterans and vulnerable groups, risk prediction to target therapies and interventions towards those who are most likely to benefit, and the use of cost-effectiveness to improve value in health. His work has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals including Health Affairs, JAMA Network Open, or Diabetes Care, and has been covered more broadly by NPR, USA Today, Axios, or Bloomberg News.

Kevin is also a former Presidential Management Fellow and behavioral research scientist at the U.S. Army and Department of Defense, where he evaluated the costs and outcomes of interventions to improve mental health & resilience in active duty soldiers. He holds a PhD in Health Services Research (health economics track) from the Boston University School of Public Health, and received both a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and BS in Economics from The Ohio State University.
Research Keywords
Pay-for-performance, predictive modeling, access to care, veteran’s health, cost-effectiveness
Griffith KN, Feyman Y, Auty SG, Crable EL, Levengood TW. County-level data on U.S. opioid distributions, demographics, healthcare supply, and healthcare access. Data Brief. 2021 Apr; 35: 106779. PMID: 33614868, PMCID: PMC7881250, PII: S2352-3409(21)00063-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.dib.2021.106779, ISSN: 2352-3409.

Ellison J, Griffith K, Thursby M, Slusky DJG, Bor J. The Impact of Driving Time to Family Planning Facilities on Preventive Service Use in Ohio. Am J Prev Med [print-electronic]. 2021 Apr; 60(4): 542-5. PMID: 33612339, PMCID: PMC8087206, PII: S0749-3797(21)00011-8, DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2020.11.009, ISSN: 1873-2607.

Griffith KN, Feyman Y, Auty SG, Crable EL, Levengood TW. Erratum to "Implications of county-level variation in U.S. opioid distribution" [Drug Alcohol Depend. 219 (2021) 108501]. Drug Alcohol Depend [print-electronic]. 2021 Mar 3/1/2021; 220: 108550. PMID: 33535161, PII: S0376-8716(21)00045-4, DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.108550, ISSN: 1879-0046.

Griffith KN, Feyman Y. Amplifying the Noise: The Dangers of Post Hoc Power Analyses [letter]. J Surg Res [print-electronic]. 2021 Mar; 259: A9-A11. PMID: 32843199, PII: S0022-4804(20)30501-1, DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2019.09.075, ISSN: 1095-8673.

Griffith KN, Feyman Y, Auty SG, Crable EL, Levengood TW. Implications of county-level variation in U.S. opioid distribution. Drug Alcohol Depend [print-electronic]. 2021 Feb 2/1/2021; 219: 108501. PMID: 33421805, PMCID: PMC8115932, PII: S0376-8716(20)30666-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108501, ISSN: 1879-0046.

Miller CJ, Griffith KN, Stolzmann K, Kim B, Connolly SL, Bauer MS. An Economic Analysis of the Implementation of Team-based Collaborative Care in Outpatient General Mental Health Clinics. Med Care. 2020 Oct; 58(10): 874-80. PMID: 32732780, PII: 00005650-202010000-00005, DOI: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001372, ISSN: 1537-1948.

Griffith KN, Ndugga NJ, Pizer SD. Appointment Wait Times for Specialty Care in Veterans Health Administration Facilities vs Community Medical Centers. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Aug 8/3/2020; 3(8): e2014313. PMID: 32845325, PMCID: PMC7450350, PII: 2769826, DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.14313, ISSN: 2574-3805.

Griffith KN, Prentice JC, Mohr DC, Conlin PR. Predicting 5- and 10-Year Mortality Risk in Older Adults With Diabetes. Diabetes Care [print-electronic]. 2020 Aug; 43(8): 1724-31. PMID: 32669409, PMCID: PMC7372062, PII: dc19-1870, DOI: 10.2337/dc19-1870, ISSN: 1935-5548.

Griffith KN, Bor JH. Changes in Health Care Access, Behaviors, and Self-reported Health Among Low-income US Adults Through the Fourth Year of the Affordable Care Act. Med Care. 2020 Jun; 58(6): 574-8. PMID: 32221101, PMCID: PMC8133296, PII: 00005650-202006000-00011, DOI: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001321, ISSN: 1537-1948.

Griffith KN, Jones DK, Bor JH, Sommers BD. Changes In Health Insurance Coverage, Access To Care, And Income-Based Disparities Among US Adults, 2011-17. Health Aff (Millwood). 2020 Feb; 39(2): 319-26. PMID: 32011953, PMCID: PMC8139823, DOI: 10.1377/hlthaff.2019.00904, ISSN: 1544-5208.

Feyman Y, Bor J, Raifman J, Griffith KN. Effectiveness of COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders varied by state. PLoS One. 2020; 15(12): e0245008. PMID: 33382849, PMCID: PMC7775080, PII: PONE-D-20-29575, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0245008, ISSN: 1932-6203.

Sunthankar KI, Griffith KN, Talutis SD, Rosen AK, McAneny DB, Kulke MH, Tseng JF, Sachs TE. Cancer stage at presentation for incarcerated patients at a single urban tertiary care center. PLoS One. 2020; 15(9): e0237439. PMID: 32931490, PMCID: PMC7491712, PII: PONE-D-19-34040, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0237439, ISSN: 1932-6203.

Griffith KN. Changes in Insurance Coverage and Access to Care for Young Adults in 2017. J Adolesc Health [print-electronic]. 2020 Jan; 66(1): 86-91. PMID: 31377164, PII: S1054-139X(19)30310-6, DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.05.020, ISSN: 1879-1972.

Griffith KN, Li D, Davies ML, Pizer SD, Prentice JC. Call center performance affects patient perceptions of access and satisfaction. Am J Manag Care. 2019 Sep 9/1/2019; 25(9): e282-e287. PMID: 31518100, PII: 88145, ISSN: 1936-2692.

Crawford KA, Clark BW, Heiger-Bernays WJ, Karchner SI, Claus Henn BG, Griffith KN, Howes BL, Schlezinger DR, Hahn ME, Nacci DE, Schlezinger JJ. Altered lipid homeostasis in a PCB-resistant Atlantic killifish (Fundulus heteroclitus) population from New Bedford Harbor, MA, U.S.A. Aquat Toxicol [print-electronic]. 2019 May; 210: 30-43. PMID: 30822701, PMCID: PMC6544361, PII: S0166-445X(18)31115-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.aquatox.2019.02.011, ISSN: 1879-1514.

Ragavan MI, Griffith K, Bair-Merritt M, Cabral HJ, Kistin CJ. First-Generation Immigrant Mothers Report Less Spanking of 1-Year-Old Children Compared with Mothers of Other Immigrant Generations. Matern Child Health J. 2019 Apr; 23(4): 496-503. PMID: 30600510, PII: 10.1007/s10995-018-2660-5, DOI: 10.1007/s10995-018-2660-5, ISSN: 1573-6628.

Griffith K, Jones DK, Sommers BD. Diminishing Insurance Choices In The Affordable Care Act Marketplaces: A County-Based Analysis. Health Aff (Millwood). 2018 Oct; 37(10): 1678-84. PMID: 30273031, DOI: 10.1377/hlthaff.2018.0701, ISSN: 1544-5208.

Griffith K, Evans L, Bor J. The Affordable Care Act Reduced Socioeconomic Disparities In Health Care Access. Health Aff (Millwood) [print-electronic]. 2017 Jul 7/26/2017; PMID: 28747321, PMCID: PMC8087201, PII: hlthaff.2017.0083, DOI: 10.1377/hlthaff.2017.0083, ISSN: 1544-5208.

Griffith KN, Scheier LM. Did we get our money's worth? Bridging economic and behavioral measures of program success in adolescent drug prevention. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2013 Nov 11/8/2013; 10(11): 5908-35. PMID: 24217178, PMCID: PMC3863878, PII: ijerph10115908, DOI: 10.3390/ijerph10115908, ISSN: 1660-4601.

Vie LL, Griffith KN, Scheier LM, Lester PB, Seligman ME. The Person-Event Data Environment: leveraging big data for studies of psychological strengths in soldiers. Front Psychol. 2013; 4: 934. PMID: 24379795, PMCID: PMC3861613, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00934, ISSN: 1664-1078.