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Jim Stimpson, PhD

James Stimpson

Professor, Associate Dean for 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. Stimpson earned his doctorate in sociology and received additional training as a postdoctoral fellow in social epidemiology. The focus of his research has been 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, CMS Innovation Center, the Health Care Cost Institute, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He has published more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, and policy reports, which have appeared in leading journals such as Health Affairs, Academic Medicine, and American Journal of Public Health.

Dr. Jim Stimpson was previously Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs and Professor of Health Policy in the City University of New York School of Public Health. Prior to CUNY, he worked at the University of Nebraska Medical Center where, in addition to his faculty role, he held several leadership positions 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 teaches in the area of health policy and research methods. Dr. Stimpson has created and managed several graduate educational programs (MPH, PhD, certificates) over the years. He also led the Nebraska Health Policy Academy, which was a training initiative to provide the public health workforce with the tools to advocate for effective public health policy change.

Research Interests

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


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.