HeFei Wen, PhD
Assistant Professor
111 Washington Ave.
Lexington, KY 40536-0003
Contact: | 859.218.4997



PhD, Health Services Research & Health Policy
Emory University


BA, Economics
Peking University



Dr. HeFei Wen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy. She has a broad background in health economics and the US health care system, with specific expertise in behavioral health policy and drug control policy. She is committed to leveraging economic thinking and econometric methods to inform US public health and public safety regime. Dr. Wen's current projects focus on the implications of public health insurance coverage for access to addiction treatment and mental health care, as well as the impacts of opioid regulation and marijuana liberalization on substance use and criminal involvement. She has received extensive media attention for her 2018 papers on marijuana policy and opioid prescribing patterns. In 2018 she received the John D. Thompson Prize for Young Investigators from the Association of University Programs in Healthcare Administration. Her research was also honored in 2015 and 2018 as the Best of the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting.

Research Interests:
  • Health policy
  • Medicaid
  • Substance use and addiction
  • Opioids
  • Marijuana policy