Faculty Information

Shulamite S. Huang, PhD

Assistant Professor
Epidemiology and Health Promotion
433 First Ave, room 728
New York, NY 10010
phone: 212 992 5990


PhD, Managerial Sciences and Applied Economics,
University of Pennsylvania - the Wharton School 2017

BA, Economics, University of Michigan 2010

Honors / Credentials

2016  Russell Ackoff Doctoral Fellowship for "The Supply-Side Effects of Insurance Expansions in Dentistry"

2015  Russell Ackoff Doctoral Fellowship for "The Supply-Side Effects of Insurance Expansions in Dentistry"

2013  Health Economics Interest Group Best Student Abstract Award for "Medicare Advantage Multi-Product Risk Selection" at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting

Research Interests / Professional Overview

I am a health economist specializing in the dental market. My career goal is to improve oral health and health equity by applying robust quantitative methods to evaluate oral health policies and interventions. I have a broad background in health economics and health services research, with specific expertise in economic evaluation of government policies and causal inference methods in the field of economics (econometrics). My dissertation work focused specifically on the dental market, evaluating how an expansion in dental insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act affected the intensity of dental care provided to patients. My current work focuses on 1) applying causal inference methods to evaluate effects of health policy on the dental market; 2) methodological issues in secondary data analysis and economic evaluations in dental research; and 3) how financial incentives shape dental provider behavior and compound inequities in oral health and dental utilization.

Current Funding

As principal investigator:

K25 DE028584-01A1: Economic Evaluation of School-Based Caries Prevention Programs, 2019-2024 ($842,000)

As health economist:

R01MD011526 (PIs: Niederman and Ruff): Statewide Implementation and Evaluation of a Rural, School-Based, Caries Prevention Program, 2017-2022

Representative Publications

Complete listing available on the NYU Health Sciences Library site.

Huang SS. 2020. Should Medicaid Include Adult Coverage for Preventive Dental Procedures? What Evidence is Needed? Journal of the American Dental Association, forthcoming.

Huang SS, Ruff RR, and Niederman R. 2019. Economic evaluation of a comprehensive school-based dental prevention program. Journal of Dental Research – Clinical & Translational Research, 4(4): 378-387.

Huang SS and Niederman R. 2018. Economic evaluations of school-based dental programs and the consent conundrum. Journal of Dental Research 98(2):145-147.

Huang SS. 2018. Spillover effects on employer-sponsored dental benefits from the 2010 dependent coverage expansion. Journal of the American Dental Association 149(2): 1049-1056.

Huang SS, Ruff RR, and Niederman R. 2017. Letter to the Editor: Response to Blackburn et al. JAMA Pediatrics 171(9): 918-918.

Niederman R, Huang SS, Trescher AL, and Listl S. 2017. Getting the incentives right: Improving oral health equity with universal school-based caries prevention. American Journal of Public Health 107(S1): S50-S55.

Casey S, Katz R, Huang SS, and Smith BJ. 2019. Geriatric health experts validate Oral Neglect for Institutionalized Elderly (ONiIE) timelines. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, in press.