Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management
Associate Chair
Other Affiliations: Public Health Science
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 3310F SPH
Phone: 301-405-6545 |
CV / Resume
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Dylan H. Roby, PhD, is Associate Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. His research focus is on Medicaid, community health centers, safety net hospitals, delivery system change, and the Affordable Care Act's implications for insurance markets, system redesign and access to care. He teaches courses on health politics and policy in the MHA, MPH and PhD programs in the department. Roby collaborates with colleagues at UC Berkeley and UCLA on the California Simulation of Insurance Markets (CalSIM) microsimulation model (www.calsim.org), which he helped develop over the past decade, and is a member of the cost analysis team for the California Health Benefit Review Program (www.chbrp.org). Although his primary academic appointment is in the University of Maryland's School of Public Health, he is a faculty associate with the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and an adjunct associate professor of health policy and management at UCLA. Dr. Roby has been interviewed and quoted by various media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, CNN, Fox News, Al Jazeera America, Cosmopolitan, CBS radio, and NPR-affiliates including KPCC, WAMU, Wisconsin Public Radio, and KQED.

As the former director (2012-2014) of the Health Economics and Evaluation Research Program at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, Dr. Roby helped developed the Center's capacity for analysis of Medicaid claims data, Medicaid waiver evaluation, and conducting confidential data analyses and surveys. He served as the associate director of the UCLA MPH Program in Health Policy and Management from 2010-2012. Prior to becoming the director of Health Economics and Evaluation Research, he was a senior researcher at the Center from 2003 to 2011. Prior to that, Dr. Roby worked for four years as a senior research associate at The George Washington University Center for Health Services Research and Policy. He worked on safety net issues, including data analysis and research on community health centers and public hospitals. During his first stint in Washington, DC, he also worked for the National Association of Community Health Centers, the National Governors' Association's Center for Best Practices, and the Progressive Policy Institute. Prior to that, he was a research assistant at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. 

Roby graduated from UCLA with a bachelor's degree in geography and a minor in public policy. He earned his doctoral degree in public policy from The George Washington University.

Education and Training

BA in Geography and Public Policy, UCLA (1998)

M.Phil in Public Policy, George Washington University (2003)

Ph.D. in Public Policy, George Washington University (2006)


HLSA 300 - Introduction to Health Policy & Services

HLSA 484 - Redesigning the Community Clinic (Fearless Ideas)

HLSA 723 - Health Policy Analysis and Advocacy

HLSA 713 - Seminar in Health Policy

HLSA 703 - Seminar in Health Equity

Honors and Awards

Health Disparities Scholar, NIH Loan Repayment Program, 2010-2012

Distinguished Instructor, UCLA Extension, 2012

Health Policy & Management Professor of the Year, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, 2014

University of Maryland, Elevate Fellow 2017-2018

University of Maryland, Leadership Fellow 2018-2019

George F. Kramer Practitioner of the Year Award, 2019


McKenna RM, Langellier BA, Alcalá HE, Roby DH, Grande DT, Ortega AN. 2018. The Affordable Care Act Attenuates Financial Strain According to Poverty Level. INQUIRY, 55: 1- 14.

Roby DH, Louis CJ, Johnson-Cole M, Chau N, Weiffling B, Salsberry DC, King E, and Miller A. 2018. Supporting Transformation through Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Programs: Lessons from New York State, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 43(2): 305- 323.

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

Ortega AN, McKenna RM, Chen J, Alcalá HE, Langellier BA, and Roby DH. 2018. Insurance Coverage and Well-Child Visits Improved for Youth under the Affordable Care Act, but Latino Youth Still Lag Behind. Academic Pediatrics, 18(1): 35-42. DOI: 10.1016/j.acap.2017.07.006, PMID: 28739534.

Alcala HE, Albert SL, Roby DH, Beckerman J, Champagne P, Brookmeyer R, Prelip ML, Glik DC, Inkelas M, Garcia RE, and Ortega AN. 2015. Access to Care and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: A Cross-Sectional Study in 2 Latino Communities. Medicine (Baltimore), 94(34): e1441.

Chen J, O’Brien MJ, Mennis J, Alos VA, Grande DT, Roby DH, and Ortega AN. 2015. Latino Population Growth and Hospital Uncompensated Care in California. American Journal of Public Health. 105(8): 1710-1717.

Stevens CD, Schriger D, Raffetto B, Davis AC, Zingmond D, and Roby DH. 2014. Geographic clustering of diabetic lower extremity amputations in low income regions in California. Health Affairs, 33(8): 1383-1390.

Davis AC, Watson G, Kominski GF, Pourat N, and Roby DH. 2014. Disparities in CD4 Monitoring among HIV-Positive Medicaid Beneficiaries: Evidence of Differential Treatment at the Point of Care. Open Forum Infectious Disease, 1(2): ofu042.

Glasgow RE, Kessler RS, Ory MG, Roby DH, Gorin SS, and Krist A. 2014. Conducting Rapid, Relevant Research: Lessons Learned from the My Own Health Report Project. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 47(2): 212-219.

Roby DH, Jacobs K, Kertzner AE, and Kominski GF. 2014. The California Health Policy Research Program – Supporting Policy Making through Evidence and Responsive Research. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 39(4): 887-900.

Neuhausen K, Davis AC, Needleman J, Brook R, Zingmond D, and Roby DH. 2014. Disproportionate-Share Hospital Payment Reductions May Threaten the Financial Stability of Safety-Net Hospitals. Health Affairs, 33(6): 988-996.

Jacobs K, Graham-Squire D, Gould E, and Roby DH. 2013. Large Repayments of Premium Subsidies May Be Owed To The IRS If Family Income Changes Are Not Promptly Reported. Health Affairs, 32(9): 1538-1545.

Roby DH, Watson G, Jacobs K, Graham-Squire, D, Kinane C, Gans D, Needleman J, and Kominski GF. 2013. Modeling the Impact of the Affordable Care Act and the Individual Mandate on Californians, Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 34(1): 16-28.

Roby DH, Pourat N, Pirritano M, Vrungos S, Castillo D, Dajee H, and Kominski GF. 2010. Impact of patient-centered medical home assignment on emergency room visits among uninsured patients in a county health system. Medical Care Research and Review, 67(4): 412-430.

Roby DH, Kominski GF, and Pourat N. 2008. Assessing the Barriers to Engaging Challenging Populations in Disease Management Programs: The Medicaid Experience. Disease Management & Health Outcomes. 16(6): 421-428.