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Joel C Cantor, Sc.D.
Center for State Health Policy
Distinguished Professor, Department of Public Policy, (848) 932-4653

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Joel C. Cantor (Sc.D., Johns Hopkins University) is the Director of the Center for State Health Policy and Distinguished Professor of Public Policy at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Cantor’s research focuses on issues of health care coverage, financing, and delivery. His work includes studies of health insurance market regulation, health care delivery system performance, and access to care for low-income and minority populations. Dr. Cantor serves frequently as an advisor on health policy matters to New Jersey state government. He is the 2006 recipient of the Rutgers University President's Award for Research in Service to New Jersey. Dr. Cantor is currently working with the Office of the Governor and state agencies to support the development of New Jersey’s response to opportunities under the national Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He served as a member of the New Jersey Commission on Rationalizing New Jersey's Health Care Resources in 2007 which led to significant reforms in hospital regulation and financing, and he chaired the New Jersey Mandated Health Benefit Advisory Commission from April 2004 to March 2009. Dr. Cantor has published widely in the health policy and health services research literature and is a member of the editorial board of the policy journal Inquiry. He is currently leading projects to evaluate Safety Net Accountable Care Organizations in New Jersey and to assess the effectiveness of extending dependent health insurance coverage to young adults. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty in 1999, Dr. Cantor served as director of research at the United Hospital Fund of New York and senior program officer and director of evaluation research at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He received his doctorate in health policy and management from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health in 1988, and was elected a Fellow of the AcademyHealth in 1996.