Ayse Akincigil is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work and Health Economist at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. Her research addresses the problems that lead to inadequate access to health care as well as inferior care quality for traditionally vulnerable populations, including the elderly and individuals with mental illness. She has extensive experience in developing utilization, performance, and quality measures from administrative health care data; analyzing health care systems, with the objective to inform policy and creating incentives to improve health care quality and access. She focuses on the conditions that have the largest burden of disease and societal costs, such as mental illness and addiction. She is experienced in working with large administrative data from Medicare, Medicaid, commercial health plans, and national longitudinal surveys.
Her publications have appeared in journals from various disciplines, including the American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Medical Care, Psychiatric Services, and Journal of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Akincigil teaches research design, measurement, and econometrics at the graduate level. Her professional service includes contributing to the peer-review process for federal and state funding agencies, ad-hoc review for academic journals as well as mentoring doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers.