Sarah Axeen, PhD

Assistant Professor, Research Emergency Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC

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Sarah Axeen, PhD, is an assistant professor of research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Her research focuses on understanding drivers of and evaluating solutions to opioid use and abuse in the United States. She also examines the impact of state-level policies on mental and behavioral healthcare outcomes, and has explored geographic variations in healthcare and the relationship between changes in commercial prices and spending and utilization in Medicare.

Axeen earned a BA in public policy analysis and politics, cum laude, from Pomona College, and a PhD, specializing in health policy and economics, from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Her dissertation, “Essays in Opioid Use and Abuse,” won the USC Price Henry Reining Jr. Award for best dissertation written in public policy and management. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the USC Schaeffer Center and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

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