Joanne Spetz, Ph.D., is a Professor at the Institute for Health Policy Studies, Department of Family and Community Medicine, and the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. She also is the Associate Director of Research at the Healthforce Center at UCSF, and the Director of the UCSF Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term Care. Her research focuses on the economics of the health care workforce. She has led national and state surveys of registered nurses, nurse employers, and nursing schools; developed forecasts of nurse supply and demand in California; and evaluated programs to expand the supply of nurses. She also has conducted research on the effects of health information technologies in hospitals, studies of the relationship between nursing and patient outcomes, analysis of hospital services and organization, and assessments of the effects of minimum nurse staffing regulations on patients and hospitals.
Joanne is a member of the Institute of Medicine Standing Committee on Research on Credentialing in Nursing, and on the Editorial Board of Medical Care Research and Review. She was a consultant to the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Future of Nursing and a member of the National Commission on VA Nursing. She frequently provides testimony and technical assistance to state and federal agencies and policymakers.
Joanne's teaching is in the areas of health economics, quantitative research methods health care financial management, and health economics. In addition to advising graduate students and lecturing at UCSF and UC-Berkeley, she has been involved in the Global Health Workforce Economics Network, providing instruction in health workforce economics in international courses.
Joanne received her Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University after studying economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.