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Wendy Max, PhD

TitleProfessor
SchoolUCSF School of Nursing
DepartmentInstitute for Health Aging
Address3333 Calif. St,Laurel Heights
San Francisco CA 94118
Phone415-476-8023
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    TitleCo-Director, Institute for Health and Aging
    InstitutionUCSF School of Nursing
    DepartmentInstitute for Health Aging


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    UCSF2012Hal Luft Mentoring Award in Health Services and Health Policy Research
    UCSF2010Helen Nahm Research Award
    Beijing Normal University, Beijing, 2001  - 2006Honorary Visiting Professorship

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    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.


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    Improved Models to Inform Tobacco Product Regulation
    NIH/NCI P50CA180890Sep 19, 2013 - Aug 31, 2018
    Role: Co-Investigator

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    1. Smith-Bernardin S, Carrico A, Max W, Chapman S. Utilization of a Sobering Center for Acute Alcohol Intoxication. Acad Emerg Med. 2017 Sep; 24(9):1060-1071. PMID: 28493551.
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    2. Yao T, Ong MK, Max W, Keeler C, Wang Y, Yerger VB, Sung HY. Responsiveness to cigarette prices by different racial/ethnic groups of US adults. Tob Control. 2017 Jul 26. PMID: 28747492.
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    3. Wang Y, Sung HY, Yao T, Lightwood J, Max W. Infrequent and Frequent Nondaily Smokers and Daily Smokers: Their Characteristics and Other Tobacco Use Patterns. Nicotine Tob Res. 2017 Feb 10. PMID: 28186549.
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    4. Kulik MC, Bialous SA, Munthali S, Max W. Tobacco growing and the sustainable development goals, Malawi. Bull World Health Organ. 2017 May 01; 95(5):362-367. PMID: 28479637.
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    5. Wang Y, Sung HY, Yao T, Lightwood J, Max W. Factors associated with short-term transitions of non-daily smokers: socio-demographic characteristics and other tobacco product use. Addiction. 2017 May; 112(5):864-872. PMID: 27886652.
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    6. Max W, Stark B, Sung HY, Offen N. Max et al. Respond. Am J Public Health. 2016 Sep; 106(9):e4-5. PMID: 27509289; PMCID: PMC4981790.
    7. Keeler C, Max W, Yerger V, Yao T, Ong MK, Sung HY. The Association of Menthol Cigarette Use With Quit Attempts, Successful Cessation, and Intention to Quit Across Racial/Ethnic Groups in the United States. Nicotine Tob Res. 2016 Aug 24. PMID: 27613927.
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    8. Max W, Stark B, Sung HY, Offen N. Sexual Identity Disparities in Smoking and Secondhand Smoke Exposure in California: 2003-2013. Am J Public Health. 2016 Jun; 106(6):1136-42. PMID: 26985597.
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    9. Yao T, Sung HY, Wang Y, Lightwood J, Max W. Sociodemographic Differences Among U.S. Children and Adults Exposed to Secondhand Smoke at Home: National Health Interview Surveys 2000 and 2010. Public Health Rep. 2016 Mar-Apr; 131(2):357-66. PMID: 26957671; PMCID: PMC4765985 [Available on 03/01/17].
    10. van Kempen BJ, Ferket BS, Steyerberg EW, Max W, Myriam Hunink MG, Fleischmann KE. Comparing the cost-effectiveness of four novel risk markers for screening asymptomatic individuals to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the US population. Int J Cardiol. 2016 Jan 15; 203:422-31. PMID: 26547049.
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    11. Johnson JK, Nápoles AM, Stewart AL, Max W, Santoyo-Olsson J, Freyre R, Allison TA, Gregorich SE. 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. 2015 Oct 13; 15:1049. PMID: 26463176; PMCID: PMC4603966.
    12. Max W, Sung HY, Shi Y, Stark B. The Cost of Smoking in California. Nicotine Tob Res. 2016 May; 18(5):1222-9. PMID: 26156629.
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    13. Sung HY, Wang Y, Yao T, Lightwood J, Max W. Polytobacco Use of Cigarettes, Cigars, Chewing Tobacco, and Snuff Among US Adults. Nicotine Tob Res. 2016 May; 18(5):817-26. PMID: 26136525.
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    14. Chambers C, Sung HY, Max W. Home exposure to secondhand smoke among people living in multiunit housing and single family housing: a study of California adults, 2003-2012. J Urban Health. 2015 Apr; 92(2):279-90. PMID: 25466438; PMCID: PMC4411315.
    15. Berndt N, Bolman C, Lechner L, Max W, Mudde A, de Vries H, Evers S. Economic evaluation of a telephone- and face-to-face-delivered counseling intervention for smoking cessation in patients with coronary heart disease. Eur J Health Econ. 2016 Apr; 17(3):269-85. PMID: 25796578.
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    16. Chaloupka FJ, Warner KE, Acemoglu D, Gruber J, Laux F, Max W, Newhouse J, Schelling T, Sindelar J. An evaluation of the FDA's analysis of the costs and benefits of the graphic warning label regulation. Tob Control. 2015 Mar; 24(2):112-9. PMID: 25550419; PMCID: PMC4345832.
    17. Lindsay RP, Tsoh JY, Sung HY, Max W. Secondhand smoke exposure and serum cotinine levels among current smokers in the USA. Tob Control. 2016 Mar; 25(2):224-31. PMID: 25398561.
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    18. Yao T, Sung HY, Mao Z, Hu TW, Max W. The healthcare costs of secondhand smoke exposure in rural China. Tob Control. 2015 Oct; 24(e3):e221-6. PMID: 25335898; PMCID: PMC4405484.
    19. Max W, Sung HY, Shi Y. Childhood secondhand smoke exposure and ADHD-attributable costs to the health and education system. J Sch Health. 2014 Oct; 84(10):683-6. PMID: 25154533.
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    20. Barnett PG, Hamlett-Berry K, Sung HY, Max W. Health care expenditures attributable to smoking in military veterans. Nicotine Tob Res. 2015 May; 17(5):586-91. PMID: 25239960; PMCID: PMC5009451.
    21. Yao T, Huang J, Sung HY, Ong MK, Mao Z, Jiang Y, Fong GT, Max W. Determinants of smoking-induced deprivation in China. Tob Control. 2015 Nov; 24 Suppl 4:iv35-9. PMID: 24827978; PMCID: PMC4398649.
    22. Ferket BS, van Kempen BJ, Hunink MG, Agarwal I, Kavousi M, Franco OH, Steyerberg EW, Max W, Fleischmann KE. Predictive value of updating Framingham risk scores with novel risk markers in the U.S. general population. PLoS One. 2014; 9(2):e88312. PMID: 24558385; PMCID: PMC3928195.
    23. Max W, Sung HY, Shi Y. The cost of secondhand smoke exposure at home in California. Tob Control. 2015 Mar; 24(2):205-10. PMID: 24500272.
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    24. Yao T, Huang J, Sung HY, Ong MK, Mao Z, Jiang Y, Fong GT, Max W. Who purchases cigarettes from cheaper sources in China? Findings from the ITC China Survey. Tob Control. 2014 Mar; 23 Suppl 1:i97-101. PMID: 24078076; PMCID: PMC3931911.
    25. Max W, Sung HY, Shi Y. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder among children exposed to secondhand smoke: a logistic regression analysis of secondary data. Int J Nurs Stud. 2013 Jun; 50(6):797-806. PMID: 23107006.
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    26. Max W, Sung HY, Shi Y. Deaths from secondhand smoke exposure in the United States: economic implications. Am J Public Health. 2012 Nov; 102(11):2173-80. PMID: 22994180; PMCID: PMC3477960.
    27. Prochaska JJ, Sung HY, Max W, Shi Y, Ong M. Validity study of the K6 scale as a measure of moderate mental distress based on mental health treatment need and utilization. Int J Methods Psychiatr Res. 2012 Jun; 21(2):88-97. PMID: 22351472; PMCID: PMC3370145.
    28. Yao T, Sung HY, Mao Z, Hu TW, Max W. Secondhand smoke exposure at home in rural China. Cancer Causes Control. 2012 Mar; 23 Suppl 1:109-15. PMID: 22327886; PMCID: PMC3637665.
    29. Max W, Sung HY, Lightwood J. The impact of changes in tobacco control funding on healthcare expenditures in California, 2012-2016. Tob Control. 2013 May; 22(e1):e10-5. PMID: 22253003.
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    30. Max W, Sung HY, Shi Y. Exposure to secondhand smoke at home and at work in California. Public Health Rep. 2012 Jan-Feb; 127(1):81-8. PMID: 22298925; PMCID: PMC3234400.
    31. Knowlton K, Rotkin-Ellman M, Geballe L, Max W, Solomon GM. Six climate change-related events in the United States accounted for about $14 billion in lost lives and health costs. Health Aff (Millwood). 2011 Nov; 30(11):2167-76. PMID: 22068410.
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    32. Sung HY, Prochaska JJ, Ong MK, Shi Y, Max W. Cigarette smoking and serious psychological distress: a population-based study of California adults. Nicotine Tob Res. 2011 Dec; 13(12):1183-92. PMID: 21849411; PMCID: PMC3223579.
    33. Dicker RA, Lopez DS, Pepper MB, Crane I, Max W. Cost-driven injury prevention: creating an innovative plan to save lives with limited resources. J Trauma. 2011 Apr; 70(4):985-90. PMID: 21610400.
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    34. John RM, Sung HY, Max W, Ross H. Counting 15 million more poor in India, thanks to tobacco. Tob Control. 2011 Sep; 20(5):349-52. PMID: 21292807.
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    35. Max W, Sung HY, Tucker LY, Stark B. The cost of smoking for California's Hispanic community. Nicotine Tob Res. 2011 Apr; 13(4):248-54. PMID: 21330281.
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    36. Miller LS, Max W, Sung HY, Rice D, Zaretsky M. Evaluation of the economic impact of California's Tobacco Control Program: a dynamic model approach. Tob Control. 2010 Apr; 19 Suppl 1:i68-76. PMID: 20382654; PMCID: PMC2976474.
    37. Max W, Sung HY, Tucker LY, Stark B. The disproportionate cost of smoking for African Americans in California. Am J Public Health. 2010 Jan; 100(1):152-8. PMID: 19965569; PMCID: PMC2791258.
    38. John RM, Sung HY, Max W. Economic cost of tobacco use in India, 2004. Tob Control. 2009 Apr; 18(2):138-43. PMID: 19131453; PMCID: PMC2655042.
    39. Max W, Sung HY, Stark B. The economic burden of breast cancer in California. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2009 Jul; 116(1):201-7. PMID: 18683041.
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    40. Max W, Tsoukalas T. Economics on trial: the use and abuse of economic methods in third party tobacco litigation. Tob Control. 2006 Dec; 15 Suppl 4:iv77-83. PMID: 17130627; PMCID: PMC2563584.
    41. Max W, Rice DP, Sung HY, Zhang X, Miller L. The economic burden of smoking in California. Tob Control. 2004 Sep; 13(3):264-7. PMID: 15333882; PMCID: PMC1747911.
    42. Froelicher ES, Sohn M, Max W, Bacchetti P. Women's Initiative for Nonsmoking-VII: evaluation of health service utilization and costs among women smokers with cardiovascular disease. J Cardiopulm Rehabil. 2004 Jul-Aug; 24(4):218-28. PMID: 15286526.
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    43. Max W, Rice DP, Finkelstein E, Bardwell RA, Leadbetter S. The economic toll of intimate partner violence against women in the United States. Violence Vict. 2004 Jun; 19(3):259-72. PMID: 15631280.
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    44. Max W, Rice DP, Sung HY, Michel M, Breuer W, Zhang X. The economic burden of gynecologic cancers in California, 1998. Gynecol Oncol. 2003 Feb; 88(2):96-103. PMID: 12586586.
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    45. Max W, Rice DP, Sung HY, Michel M, Breuer W, Zhang X. The economic burden of prostate cancer, California, 1998. Cancer. 2002 Jun 01; 94(11):2906-13. PMID: 12115378.
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    46. Max W, Sinnot P, Kao C, Sung HY, Rice DP. The burden of osteoporosis in California, 1998. Osteoporos Int. 2002; 13(6):493-500. PMID: 12107664.
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    47. Rice DP, Fillit HM, Max W, Knopman DS, Lloyd JR, Duttagupta S. Prevalence, costs, and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and related dementia: a managed care perspective. Am J Manag Care. 2001 Aug; 7(8):809-18. PMID: 11519239.
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    48. Max W. The financial impact of smoking on health-related costs: a review of the literature. Am J Health Promot. 2001 May-Jun; 15(5):321-31. PMID: 11502013.
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    49. Fox PJ, Kohatsu N, Max W, Arnsberger P. Estimating the costs of caring for people with Alzheimer disease in California: 2000-2040. J Public Health Policy. 2001; 22(1):88-97. PMID: 11382092.
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    50. Zhang X, Miller L, Max W, Rice DP. Cost of smoking to the Medicare program, 1993. Health Care Financ Rev. 1999; 20(4):179-96. PMID: 11482121; PMCID: PMC4194599.
    51. Max W, Stark B, Root S. Putting a lid on injury costs: the economic impact of the California motorcycle helmet law. J Trauma. 1998 Sep; 45(3):550-6. PMID: 9751549.
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    52. Miller LS, Zhang X, Rice DP, Max W. State estimates of total medical expenditures attributable to cigarette smoking, 1993. Public Health Rep. 1998 Sep-Oct; 113(5):447-58. PMID: 9769770; PMCID: PMC1308416.
    53. Miller LS, Zhang X, Novotny T, Rice DP, Max W. State estimates of Medicaid expenditures attributable to cigarette smoking, fiscal year 1993. Public Health Rep. 1998 Mar-Apr; 113(2):140-51. PMID: 9719815; PMCID: PMC1308653.
    54. Rice DP, Max W. The high cost of injuries in the United States. Am J Public Health. 1996 Jan; 86(1):14-5. PMID: 8561234; PMCID: PMC1380352.
    55. Fox P, Gazzaniga J, Karter A, Max W. The economic costs of cardiovascular disease mortality in California, 1991: implications for public health policy. J Public Health Policy. 1996; 17(4):442-59. PMID: 9009539.
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    56. Max W, Webber P, Fox P. Alzheimer's disease. The unpaid burden of caring. J Aging Health. 1995 May; 7(2):179-99. PMID: 10172777.
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    57. Max W, Rice DP. Shooting in the dark: estimating the cost of firearm injuries. Health Aff (Millwood). 1993; 12(4):171-85. PMID: 7802749.
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    58. Rice DP, Fox PJ, Max W, Webber PA, Lindeman DA, Hauck WW, Segura E. The economic burden of Alzheimer's disease care. Health Aff (Millwood). 1993; 12(2):164-76. PMID: 8375811.
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    59. Max W, Rice DP, MacKenzie EJ. The lifetime cost of injury. Inquiry. 1990; 27(4):332-43. PMID: 2148306.
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