Paul Shafer, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Health Law, Policy & Management

PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Pronouns: he/him/his

Dr. Shafer is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy, and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health and an investigator at the Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center at the Boston VA Healthcare System. His research focuses on the effects of the structure and implementation of state and federal health insurance policy on coverage, health care use, and health. His big picture interest is in understanding the effect of social policies and programs on health and well-being. Do they actually work? Are the benefits and costs realized by all? If they don't work or have unintended consequences, can we understand why and propose changes?

He is a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar and previously served as a research economist in the Center for Health Policy Science and Tobacco Research at RTI International and a junior fellow in the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He holds a PhD in health policy and management with a concentration in health economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MA in applied economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a BA in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

2020 Boston University: Early Career Catalyst Award
2019 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Jean G. Yates Outstanding Doctoral Student Award
2019 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Impact Award
2018 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Harry T. Phillips Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Doctoral Student
2017-2019 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Graduate Tuition Incentive Scholarship
2017 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Delta Omega Academic Excellence Award
2016-2019 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Health Policy Research Scholar
2016 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Future Faculty Fellowship
2015 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Doctoral Merit Assistantship
2014 RTI International: President's Award
2014 RTI International: Highly Published Author Award
2012 RTI International: Annual Award
2011 University of North Carolina at Greensboro: Omicron Delta Epsilon


Characterizing Health Disparities in the Shift to North Carolina Medicaid Managed Care
02/01/2020 - 01/31/2021 (Subcontract PI)
PI: Paul Shafer, PhD
Duke University KBRCT

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  1. Shafer PR, Anderson DM, Aquino SM, Baum LM, Fowler EF, Gollust SE. Competing Public and Private Television Advertising Campaigns and Marketplace Enrollment for 2015 to 2018. RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences. 2020; 2(6):85-112.
  2. Ngo-Metzger Q, Zuvekas S, Shafer P, Tracer H, Borsky AE, Bierman AS. Statin Use in the U.S. for Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Remains Suboptimal. J Am Board Fam Med. 2019 Nov-Dec; 32(6):807-817. PMID: 31704749
  3. Hassmiller Lich K, O'Leary MC, Nambiar S, Townsley RM, Mayorga ME, Hicklin K, Frerichs L, Shafer PR, Davis MM, Wheeler SB. Estimating the impact of insurance expansion on colorectal cancer and related costs in North Carolina: A population-level simulation analysis. Prev Med. 2019 12; 129S:105847. PMID: 31666187
  4. Anderson D, Shafer P. The Trump Effect: Postinauguration Changes in Marketplace Enrollment. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2019 10 01; 44(5):715-736. PMID: 31199870; DOI: 10.1215/03616878-7611623;
  5. Shafer P. Impact of US Smoke-free Air Laws on Restaurant and Bar Employment, 1990-2015. Nicotine Tob Res. 2019 03 30; 21(4):547-550. PMID: 29309684
  6. Gertner AK, Rotter JS, Shafer PR. Association Between State Minimum Wages and Suicide Rates in the U.S. Am J Prev Med. 2019 05; 56(5):648-654. PMID: 30905484
  7. Shafer JS, Shafer PR, Haley KL. Caregivers navigating rehabilitative care for people with aphasia after stroke: a multi-lens perspective. Int J Lang Commun Disord. 2019 07; 54(4):634-644. PMID: 30884057
  8. Shafer PR, Borsky A, Ngo-Metzger Q, Miller T, Meyers D. The Practice Gap: National Estimates of Screening and Counseling for Alcohol, Tobacco, and Obesity. Ann Fam Med. 2019 03; 17(2):161-163. PMID: 30858260
  9. Davis MM, Shafer P, Renfro S, Hassmiller Lich K, Shannon J, Coronado GD, McConnell KJ, Wheeler SB. Does a transition to accountable care in Medicaid shift the modality of colorectal cancer testing? BMC Health Serv Res. 2019 Jan 21; 19(1):54. PMID: 30665396
  10. Shafer PR, Fowler EF, Baum L, Gollust SE. Television Advertising and Health Insurance Marketplace Consumer Engagement in Kentucky: A Natural Experiment. J Med Internet Res. 2018 10 25; 20(10):e10872. PMID: 30361198
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