Alice M. Ellyson, PhD

Alice M. Ellyson, PhD

Academic Title: Acting Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington

Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

  • Dr. Ellyson is an early career scholar with a PhD in economics and post-doctoral training in health economics who studies interpersonal violence and alcohol and substance use among youth and young adults with a focus on the role of incentives, decision-making, and policy.

    Dr. Ellyson is currently an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and a Principal Investigator in CHBD whose interdiscplinary research spans health, economic behavior, and law and public policy by collaborating with healthcare practioners, legal practitioners, epidemiologists, and policy makers. She graduated with a BBA in economics summa cum laude from Mercer University in Macon, GA. She earned an MS and PhD in economics from Florida State University with field area focus in applied microeconomics, econometrics, health economics, and law and public policy. As a graduate student, she was awarded the Irvin & Peggy Sobel Award, for outstanding achievement among students entering PhD candidacy, and she received a Young Researcher Award from the National Science Foundation to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Economic Sciences in 2014 along with approximately 20 US economic PhD students. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health outcomes, and health economic methodologies under the mentorship of Anirban Basu, Cri Masseria, and Lou Garrison at the Comparative Health Outcomes, Policy, and Economics (CHOICE) Institute at the University of Washington. 

  • Other Publications

    • Ellyson AM, Grooms J, Ortega A
      Flipping the script: The effects of opioid prescription monitoring on specialty-specific provider behavior.
      34773311 Health economics, 2022 Feb. : 31(2)297-341
    • Ellyson AM, Rivara FP, Rowhani-Rahbar A
      Poverty and Firearm-Related Deaths Among US Youth.
      34807266 JAMA pediatrics, 2022 Feb 1 : 176(2)e214819
    • Ellyson AM, Powelson EB, Groenewald CB, Rabbitts JA
      Healthcare utilization and costs among pediatric patients with chronic postsurgical pain after major musculoskeletal surgery.
      35075715 Paediatric anaesthesia, 2022 Jan 25
    • Ellyson AM, Gordon G, Zhou C, Rabbitts JA
      Trajectories, Risk Factors, and Impact of Persistent Pain After Major Musculoskeletal Surgery in Adolescents: A Replication Study.
      34974171 The journal of pain, 2021 Dec 31
    • Prater LC, Ellyson A, Fihn SD
      Incentivizing Firearm Safety and Storage Counseling in the US Health Care System: a Path Forward.
      33904041 Journal of general internal medicine, 2021 Nov. : 36(11)3568-3570 PMCID:PMC8075276
    • Ellyson AM, Basu A
      Do pharmaceutical prices rise anticipating branded competition?
      33684255 Health economics, 2021 May : 30(5)1070-1081
    • Ellyson AM, Adhia A, Lyons VH, Rivara FP
      Prevalence, age of initiation, and patterns of co-occurrence of digital dating abuse behaviors nationwide.
      33776176 Children and youth services review, 2021 March : 122 PMCID:PMC7993642
    • Lyons VH, Haviland MJ, Azrael D, Adhia A, Bellenger MA, Ellyson A, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Rivara FP
      Firearm purchasing and storage during the COVID-19 pandemic.
      32943492 Injury prevention : journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention, 2021 Feb. : 27(1)87-92
    • Rowhani-Rahbar A, Haviland MJ, Ellyson AM
      Firearm Policy and Youth Suicide-In Pursuit of Mechanistic Explanations.
      33146731 JAMA network open, 2020 Nov 2 : 3(11)e2024920
    • Ellyson AM, Gause EL, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Rivara F
      Unspecified Firearm Type for Firearm Suicides in the National Vital Statistics System: A County-Level Analysis.
      33011007 American journal of preventive medicine, 2020 Nov. : 59(5)770-772


Research Description

Dr. Ellyson's research lies at the intersection of health, economic behavior, and law and public policy. She specializes in the use of quasi-experimental and causal inference methods to evaluate the impact of health and other public policies on health outcomes. ​The goal of her research program is to help build and sustain systems and structures that support healing and growth by aligning with the preferences and goals of youth and young adults who experience violence and who use substances.