Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research

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Faculty and Staff


Aileen Rothbard, ScD Aileen Rothbard, ScD
Curriculum vitae (pdf)
Research Professor, School of Social Policy and Practice and Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania


Dr. Rothbard is also a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rothbard’s research examines the impact of policy changes, program implementation and technological innovations on system utilization, cost efficiency and outcome effectiveness for persons with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders.  Her expertise is in processing large data bases, innovative approaches to integrating patient files across data sources and analyzing and modeling utilization and cost issues employing innovative techniques such as data envelopment analysis (DEA), queuing and simulation models.  Dr. Rothbard has overseen the development of an integrated longitudinal database beginning in 1987 on all public sector clients receiving behavioral health care in Pennsylvania and has done a host of evaluation studies using that dataset.

She recently completed a study with the State of Pennsylvania examining the capacity of the mental health system to provide access to inpatient care to individuals with mental health problems.  Dr Rothbard has received competitively reviewed grants examining the role of the physician in the treatment of serious mental disorders (NIMH), the cost effectiveness of managed care for persons with SMI (SAMHSA) and for individuals with alcohol disorders (NIM H) and an NIMH grant examining the use of an innovative queuing network application for residential planning in mental health that deals with problems of congestion. We are working on a user-friendly interface with providers that will enable them to determine the number and level of inpatient, residential and outpatient resources they need to optimize their system.   In conjunction with this project, I recently completed a study funded by the State of Pennsylvania on inpatient psychiatric bed capacity and am working on a model that will project bed future bed needs. I am engaged in research full time and support my salary with grants from Federal, State and local sources as well as foundations.