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Ryan McKenna, PhD, MA

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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 health care and health insurance reform. Specifically, he is interested in the effect of health reform measures and changing economic conditions on health care access, utilization, and disparities. He also studies insurance network breadth, insurance network quality, and the role of network size as a barrier to care. Other research interests include health information technology, cost-effectiveness, 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


Alcalá HE, Roby DH, Grande DT, McKenna RM, Ortega AN. Insurance Type and Access to Health Care Providers and Appointments Under the Affordable Care Act. Medical Care. 2018 Feb;56(2):186-192.

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. 2018 Jan - Feb;18(1):35-42.

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. 2018 Jan - Feb;18(1):20-25.

McKenna, R.M., Dwyer D., Rizzo J.A. (2017). Is HIT a hit? The impact of Health Information Technology on Inpatient Hospital Outcomes. Applied Economics. 1-13 DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2017.1414934

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.

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