Key Researchers


Key Researchers: Substance Abuse Treatment Benefits and Costs

Michael French, Ph.D.
University of Miami

Dr. French is a professor of health economics in the Department of Sociology at the University of Miami, with secondary appointments in the Department of Economics and Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. He is also director of the Health Economics Research Group ( in the Department of Sociology and director of the Health Administration and Policy Program in the School of Business Administration. His experience includes policy and program evaluation, substance abuse research, health economics, cost and benefit analysis, human resource economics, and the economics of crime. He has been principal investigator or project leader on numerous research grants with the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and several state agencies. Dr. French is currently leading studies to estimate the economic costs and benefits of drug abuse services for adolescents (R01 DA018645), develop economic analysis methods for alcohol services and interventions (R01 AA13167), estimate the economic consequences of alcohol use disorders (R01 AA015695) and conduct economic evaluations of prison-based interventions for substance abusers in the criminal justice system (R01 DA14370). Recently, he was principal investigator for a multisite evaluation of enhanced workplace services for women and ethnic minority employees with substance abuse problems (R01 AA10318). He also directed a project on the impact of managed care and health care reforms on the drug abuse treatment system (P50 DA06990). Dr. French served on the Health Services Research Initial Review Groups (IRG) for NIDA (1995-2004) and NIAAA (1998-2001), as well as various Extramural Contract Review Committees for the Public Health Service. He was a technical consultant for the National Science Foundation and a technical advisor on evaluation studies of health care programs for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In addition, he has provided expert testimony on the labor market effects of drug use and is a frequent referee for numerous peer-reviewed professional journals. Dr. French has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in a variety of multidisciplinary professional journals including Journal of Health Economics, American Journal of Public Health, Medical Care, Medical Care Research and Review, American Journal of Health Promotion, Health Services Research, Labour Economics, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Evaluation and Program Planning, Health Economics, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Journal of Studies on Alcohol, Law and Policy, Journal of Public Health Policy, Social Science Research, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Applied Economics, Justice Quarterly, Public Health Reports, Evaluation and the Health Professions, Economics of Education Review, Journal of Internal Medicine, Social Science Quarterly, and Southern Economic Journal.
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