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Ryan McKenna

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Assistant Professor
Health Management and Policy, Center for Population Health and Community Impact
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BA, Economics, State University of New York At Geneseo; MA, Economics, State University of New York at Buffalo; PhD, Economics, Stony Brook University


Ryan McKenna, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. He is also a Faculty Fellow in Drexel’s Center for Population Health and Community Impact. He received his PhD in economics from Stony Brook University. His research focuses on public policy analysis surrounding the use of health information technology in hospital settings. Specifically, he studies how this technology effects patient outcomes, physician behaviors, and costs of care. Other research interests include health disparities, hospital outcomes, and mental health and substance abuse. Methodologically, he specializes in applied microeconometric methods for causal inference as well as the analysis of large datasets.

Research Interests

  • Health Disparities
  • Health Economics
  • Health Policy
  • Data Analysis and Methods
  • Statistical Modeling
  • Health Services Research
  • Mental Health and Behavioral Health


McKenna RM. Treatment use, sources of payment, and financial barriers to treatment among individuals with opioid use disorder following the national implementation of the ACA. Drug And Alcohol Dependence. 2017 Oct 1;179:87-92.

Ortega AN, McKenna RM, Chen J, Alcalá HE, Langellier BA, Roby DH. Insurance Coverage and Well-Child Visits Improved for Youth Under the Affordable Care Act, but Latino Youth Still Lag Behind. Academic Pediatrics. 2017 Jul 21.

McKenna RM, Alcalá HE, Lê-Scherban F, Roby DH, Ortega AN. The Affordable CareAct Reduces Hypertension Treatment Disparities for Mexican-heritage Latinos. Medical Care. 2017 Jul;55(7):654-660.

Ortega AN, McKenna RM, Langellier BA, Alcalá HE, Roby DH. Experiences in Care According to Parental Citizenship and Language Use Among Latino Children in California. Academic Pediatrics. 2017 Jan 5.

McKenna RM, Dwyer D, Rizzo JA. Is HIT a Hit?: The Impact of Health Information Technology on Hospital Inpatient Outcomes, 2016

McKenna RM, Dwyer D, Rizzo JA The Impact of HIT on High-Risk Patient Outcomes, a Micro-Level Analysis, 2016

Shi L, McKenna RM, Roche S, No Causal E ffect of News Consumption on Public Perceptions of Crime Trends? Evidence from a Dynamic Panel Model Approach, 2016

Ortega AN, McKenna RM, Langellier BA, Roby D, Alcala HE. Experiences in Care by Parental Citizenship and Language Use among Latino Children, 2016