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Hillary Samples, PhD

Assistant Professor of Health Systems and Policy
Rutgers School of Public Health
Core Faculty
Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and Treatment Science


Dr. Samples joined Rutgers after completing a post-doctoral fellowship in Substance Abuse Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She earned her PhD in Health Services Research and Policy, MHS in Population Mental Health, and a Certificate of Bioethics and Public Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Samples works with large health care databases and national data for studies examining patterns of drug use and behavioral health treatment, the relationship with health outcomes, and the role of policy in expanding access to evidence-based care and reducing the burden of mental health and substance use problems in the U.S. Her research broadly aims to advance knowledge of effective practices and policies to improve behavioral health and well-being at a population level and increase equity for disadvantaged groups. Her work has been supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and published in high-impact journals, such as JAMA Open, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Affairs.