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Dr. Jayani Jayawardhana is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy in the College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Jayawardhana is also jointly appointed as Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science in the College of Pharmacy. She earned her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia. Her research primarily focuses on the intersection of public policy and substance use research. She has been published in Medical Care, Health Services Research, and American Journal of Public Health.


  • PhD, Economics
    • University of Virginia
  • M.A., Economics
    • University of Virginia
  • B.A., Economics and Mathematics
    • Agnes Scott College

Research Interests

  • Health economics
  • Health policy
  • Pharmaceutical economics and policy
  • Economics of substance use
  • Big data/large claims data
  • Health disparities

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