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Jim Stimpson, PhD

James Stimpson

Professor, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Health Management and Policy
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BA, Psychology and Sociology, University of Nebraska; MA, Sociology, University of Nebraska; PhD, Sociology, University of Nebraska


Dr. Jim Stimpson has more than five years of academic leadership experience. He is currently Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the Dornsife School of Public Health. Previously, he was Professor and Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs and Professor of Health Policy in the City University of New York School of Public Health. He held numerous leadership positions at the University of Nebraska Medical Center including founding director of the Center for Health Policy; Senior Policy Analyst for Government Affairs; and Graduate Program Director for Health Services Research, Administration, and Policy.

Dr. Stimpson earned his doctorate in sociology and received additional training as a postdoctoral fellow in social epidemiology. The focus of his research is the social determinants of population health and inequalities. His goal as a researcher is to discover, communicate, and apply data-driven discoveries into policy change. Dr Stimpson's research has been funded by numerous organizations including the National Cancer Institute, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Health Care Cost Institute, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, which have appeared in leading journals such as Health Affairs, JAMA Network Open, Academic Medicine, and American Journal of Public Health.

Research Interests

  • Cancer
  • Immigrant health
  • Health and place or built environment
  • Health services research
  • Health disparities
  • Health policy
  • Urban health


Park S, Chen J, Kemmick Pintor J, McKenna RM, Roby DH, Stimpson JP, Ortega AN. The impact of the Affordable Care Act on health care access and utilization among Asian American subgroups. Medicare Care. Medical Care, 2019;57(11):861–868. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001202.

Stimpson JP, Wang Y, Wilson FA. Association of Indiana's section 1115 waiver with Medicaid enrollment. JAMA Network Open, 2019;2(10):e1912922. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.12922.

Stimpson JP, Kemmick Pintor J, McKenna RM, Park S, Wilson FA. Association of Meidicaid expansion with health insurance coverage for disabled persons. JAMA Network Open, 2019;2(7):e197136. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.7136.

Wang Y, Laestadius L, Stimpson JP, Wilson FA. Association between e-cigarette use and acculturation among adult immigrants in the United States. Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment, 2019;13:1-7. doi:10.1177/1178221819855086.

Stimpson JP, Wilson FA. Medicaid expansion improved health insurance coverage for immigrants but disparities persist. Health Affairs, 2018;37(10):1656-1662. doi: 10.1377/tlthaff.2018.0181.

Wilson FA, Wang Y, Borrell LN, Bae S, Stimpson JP. Disparities in oral health by immigration status in the United States. Journal of the American Dental Association, 2018;149(6):414-421.

Wilson FA, Rampa S, Trout KE, Stimpson JP. Telehealth delivery of mental health services: an analysis of private insurance claims data in the United States. Psychiatric Services, 2017;68(12):1303-1306. doi: 10.1176/

Zallman L, Wilson FA, Stimpson JP, Bearse A, Arsenault L, Dube B, Himmelstein D, Woolhandler S. Unauthorized immigrants prolong the life of Medicare’s trust fund. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2016;31(1):122-127. doi: 10.1007/s11606-015-3418-z.

Stimpson JP, Li T, Shiyanbola OO, Jacobson JJ. Financial sustainability of academic health centers: identifying challenges and strategic responses. Academic Medicine, 2014;89(6):853-857.

Stimpson JP, Wilson FA, Su D. Unauthorized immigrants spend less than other immigrants and US natives on health care. Health Affairs, 2013;32(7):1313-1318.

Stimpson JP, Pagan JA, Chen L-W. Reducing racial and ethnic disparities in colorectal cancer screening is likely to require more than access to care. Health Affairs, 2012;31(12):2747-2754.

Wilson FA, Stimpson JP. Trends in fatalities from distracted driving in the US, 1999-2008. American Journal of Public Health, 2010;100(11):2213-2219.

Stimpson JP, Wilson FA, Eschbach K. Trends in healthcare spending for immigrants in the United States. Health Affairs, 2010;29(3):544-550.

Meyler D, Stimpson JP, Peek MK.  Health concordance within couples: a systematic review. Social Science and Medicine, 2007;64(11):2297-2310.

Stimpson JP, Ju H, Raji MA, Eschbach K.  Neighborhood deprivation and health risk behaviors in NHANES III. American Journal of Health Behavior, 2007;31(2):215-222.