Wendy Max, PhD

Director & Prof. of Economics
Institute for Health Aging
+1 415 476-8023

Wendy Max, Ph.D. is Professor of Health Economics and Co-Director of the Institute for Health & Aging at the University of California, San Francisco. She has been on the faculty at UCSF since 1987. Dr. Max holds a PhD in economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her recent research has focused on modeling the economic impact of tobacco on healthcare expenditures. She has estimated national costs of smoking; costs to Medicare, Medicaid, and private payers; costs in California; and the impact on communities of color. She is currently developing models of the impact of secondhand exposure on healthcare expenditures in California and the US. Her other current projects include evaluating an integrated primary healthcare program in rural Malawi and looking at the economic impact of hurricane Katrina on the primary healthcare safety net in New Orleans. Dr. Max has also conducted studies related to the economic impact of Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and injuries.

Publications: 

Polytobacco Use and Nicotine Dependence Symptoms Among US Adults, 2012-2014.

Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

Sung HY, Wang Y, Yao T, Lightwood J, Max W

Effects of cigarette prices on intention to quit, quit attempts, and successful cessation among African American smokers.

Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

Keeler C, Max W, Yerger VB, Yao T, Wang Y, Ong MK, Sung HY

Health Care Utilization and Expenditures Attributable to Cigar Smoking Among US Adults, 2000-2015.

Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974)

Wang Y, Sung HY, Yao T, Lightwood J, Max W

Healthcare costs attributable to secondhand smoke exposure at home for U.S. adults.

Preventive medicine

Yao T, Sung HY, Wang Y, Lightwood J, Max W

Relationship between spending on electronic cigarettes, 30-day use, and disease symptoms among current adult cigarette smokers in the U.S.

PloS one

Yao T, Max W, Sung HY, Glantz SA, Goldberg RL, Wang JB, Wang Y, Lightwood J, Cataldo J

The Association of Menthol Cigarette Use With Quit Attempts, Successful Cessation, and Intention to Quit Across Racial/Ethnic Groups in the United States.

Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

Keeler C, Max W, Yerger V, Yao T, Ong MK, Sung HY

Healthcare Utilization and Expenditures Attributable to Smokeless Tobacco Use among US Adults.

Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

Wang Y, Sung HY, Lightwood J, Chaffee BW, Yao T, Max W

Utilization of a Sobering Center for Acute Alcohol Intoxication.

Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine

Smith-Bernardin S, Carrico A, Max W, Chapman S

Responsiveness to cigarette prices by different racial/ethnic groups of US adults.

Tobacco control

Yao T, Ong MK, Max W, Keeler C, Wang Y, Yerger VB, Sung HY

Infrequent and Frequent Nondaily Smokers and Daily Smokers: Their Characteristics and Other Tobacco Use Patterns.

Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

Wang Y, Sung HY, Yao T, Lightwood J, Max W

Tobacco growing and the sustainable development goals, Malawi.

Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Kulik MC, Bialous SA, Munthali S, Max W

Max et al. Respond.

American journal of public health

Max W, Stark B, Sung HY, Offen N

Sexual Identity Disparities in Smoking and Secondhand Smoke Exposure in California: 2003-2013.

American journal of public health

Max WB, Stark B, Sung HY, Offen N

Comparing the cost-effectiveness of four novel risk markers for screening asymptomatic individuals to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the US population.

International journal of cardiology

van Kempen BJ, Ferket BS, Steyerberg EW, Max W, Myriam Hunink MG, Fleischmann KE

Study protocol for a cluster randomized trial of the Community of Voices choir intervention to promote the health and well-being of diverse older adults.

BMC public health

Johnson JK, Nápoles AM, Stewart AL, Max WB, Santoyo-Olsson J, Freyre R, Allison TA, Gregorich SE

The Cost of Smoking in California.

Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

Max W, Sung HY, Shi Y, Stark B

Polytobacco Use of Cigarettes, Cigars, Chewing Tobacco, and Snuff Among US Adults.

Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

Sung HY, Wang Y, Yao T, Lightwood J, Max W

Home exposure to secondhand smoke among people living in multiunit housing and single family housing: a study of California adults, 2003-2012.

Journal of urban health : bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine

Chambers C, Sung HY, Max W

Economic evaluation of a telephone- and face-to-face-delivered counseling intervention for smoking cessation in patients with coronary heart disease.

The European journal of health economics : HEPAC : health economics in prevention and care

Berndt N, Bolman C, Lechner L, Max W, Mudde A, de Vries H, Evers S

An evaluation of the FDA's analysis of the costs and benefits of the graphic warning label regulation.

Tobacco control

Chaloupka FJ, Warner KE, Acemoglu D, Gruber J, Laux F, Max W, Newhouse J, Schelling T, Sindelar J

The healthcare costs of secondhand smoke exposure in rural China.

Tobacco control

Yao T, Sung HY, Mao Z, Hu TW, Max W

Health care expenditures attributable to smoking in military veterans.

Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

Barnett PG, Hamlett-Berry K, Sung HY, Max W

Determinants of smoking-induced deprivation in China.

Tobacco control

Yao T, Huang J, Sung HY, Ong MK, Mao Z, Jiang Y, Fong GT, Max W

Predictive value of updating Framingham risk scores with novel risk markers in the U.S. general population.

PloS one

Ferket BS, van Kempen BJ, Hunink MG, Agarwal I, Kavousi M, Franco OH, Steyerberg EW, Max W, Fleischmann KE

Who purchases cigarettes from cheaper sources in China? Findings from the ITC China Survey.

Tobacco control

Yao T, Huang J, Sung HY, Ong MK, Mao Z, Jiang Y, Fong GT, Max W

Deaths from secondhand smoke exposure in the United States: economic implications.

American journal of public health

Max W, Sung HY, Shi Y

Validity study of the K6 scale as a measure of moderate mental distress based on mental health treatment need and utilization.

International journal of methods in psychiatric research

Prochaska JJ, Sung HY, Max W, Shi Y, Ong M

Secondhand smoke exposure at home in rural China.

Cancer causes & control : CCC

Yao T, Sung HY, Mao Z, Hu TW, Max W

Exposure to secondhand smoke at home and at work in California.

Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974)

Max W, Sung HY, Shi Y

Six climate change-related events in the United States accounted for about $14 billion in lost lives and health costs.

Health affairs (Project Hope)

Knowlton K, Rotkin-Ellman M, Geballe L, Max W, Solomon GM

Cigarette smoking and serious psychological distress: a population-based study of California adults.

Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

Sung HY, Prochaska JJ, Ong MK, Shi Y, Max W

Cost-driven injury prevention: creating an innovative plan to save lives with limited resources.

The Journal of trauma

Dicker RA, Lopez DS, Pepper MB, Crane I, Max W

Counting 15 million more poor in India, thanks to tobacco.

Tobacco control

John RM, Sung HY, Max WB, Ross H

The cost of smoking for California's Hispanic community.

Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

Max W, Sung HY, Tucker LY, Stark B

The disproportionate cost of smoking for African Americans in California.

American journal of public health

Max W, Sung HY, Tucker LY, Stark B

Who is exposed to secondhand smoke? Self-reported and serum cotinine measured exposure in the U.S., 1999-2006.

International journal of environmental research and public health

Max W, Sung HY, Shi Y

The economic burden of breast cancer in California.

Breast cancer research and treatment

Max W, Sung HY, Stark B

The economic toll of intimate partner violence against women in the United States.

Violence and victims

Max W, Rice DP, Finkelstein E, Bardwell RA, Leadbetter S

The economic burden of gynecologic cancers in California, 1998.

Gynecologic oncology

Max W, Rice DP, Sung HY, Michel M, Breuer W, Zhang X

The economic burden of prostate cancer, California, 1998.

Cancer

Max W, Rice DP, Sung HY, Michel M, Breuer W, Zhang X