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 co-director of the Boston University Medicaid Policy Lab. He is also a fellow with the Boston University Institute for Health System Innovation and Policy and affiliate faculty of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. His research focuses on the effects of state and federal health insurance policy on coverage, health care use, and health equity. He is also an investigator at the Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center at the VA Boston Healthcare System, where his research focuses on veterans' access to care. His big picture interest is in understanding the effect of health and social policies on health and well-being. Do they actually work and are the benefits distributed equitably? If they don't work or have unintended consequences, can we understand why and propose changes?

He previously served as a research economist in the Center for Health Policy Science and Tobacco Research at RTI International and junior fellow in the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He is a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar, which amplified his commitment to policy-engaged scholarship and research translation. 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.

2021 Boston University: Provost Mentor Fellow
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 - 02/28/2021 (Subcontract PI)
Duke University Kate B Reynolds ChTr


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, Garrido MM, Pearson E, Palani S, Woodruff A, Lyn AM, Williams KM, Kirsh SR, Pizer SD. Design and implementation of a cluster randomized trial measuring benefits of medical scribes in the VA. Contemp Clin Trials. 2021 May 25; 106:106455.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34048944; DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2021.106455;
  2. Shafer PR, Hoagland A, Hsu HE. Trends in Well-Child Visits With Out-of-Pocket Costs in the US Before and After the Affordable Care Act. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 03 01; 4(3):e211248.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33710285; PMCID: PMC7955268; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.1248;
  3. Chen S, Shafer PR, Dusetzina SB, Horný M. Annual Out-Of-Pocket Spending Clusters Within Short Time Intervals: Implications For Health Care Affordability. Health Aff (Millwood). 2021 02; 40(2):274-280. PMID: 33523742
  4. Cole MB, Shafer PR, Gordon SH. What the New Biden Administration May Mean for Medicaid. JAMA Health Forum. 2021. View Publication
  5. Shafer PR, Huberfeld N. Health Care in the Biden Administration’s First 100 Days. JAMA Health Forum. 2020. View Publication
  6. Shafer P, Frakt AB. To Truly Build the Affordable Care Act Into Universal Coverage, More Creativity Is Needed. JAMA. 2020 Nov 17; 324(19):1931-1932.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33201194
  7. Ellison J, Shafer P, Cole MB. Racial/Ethnic And Income-Based Disparities In Health Savings Account Participation Among Privately Insured Adults. Health Aff (Millwood). 2020 11; 39(11):1917-1925.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33136490
  8. Shafer PR, Ndugga N. Fighting the Institutionalization of Racism in Medicaid. Am J Public Health. 2020 12; 110(12):1790-1791. PMID: 33058697; PMCID: PMC7661984; DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2020.305946;
  9. Shafer PR, Dusetzina SB, Sabik LM, Platts-Mills TF, Stearns SC, Trogdon JG. Insurance instability and use of emergency and office-based care after gaining coverage: An observational cohort study. PLoS One. 2020; 15(9):e0238100. PMID: 32886675; PMCID: PMC7473517; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0238100;
  10. 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.
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