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Sean Murphy

​​Sean M. Murphy, Ph.D. is a health economist by training, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration at Washington State University, effective August 2016. Dr. Murphy received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in economics from the University of Montana in 2001 and 2003, respectively, and his Ph.D. from WSU with an emphasis in health economics in 2008. Additionally, he recently completed a visiting Senior Fellowship at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Murphy’s primary area of expertise is chronic-condition management, with an emphasis in substance-use and mental-health disorders. His work encompasses numerous aspects of chronic-condition management, including: performing comparative economic analyses to identify the most effective and efficient treatment paths; evaluating determinants of treatment access and outcomes; assessing the determinants of potential substance-use/mental-health disorder adverse effects; and evaluating patterns of pharmacotherapy utilization. Dr. Murphy has extensive econometrics training, which is reflected in the quantitative nature of his research, and he is well versed in performing economic analyses on primary and secondary datasets of all sizes, including data from clinical trials, health-system administrative and claims data, criminal-justice records and large public health survey data. 

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