Nathan Pauly, Ph.D., is the Director of Medicaid Research and Evaluation for the West Virginia University School of Public Health and also maintains an adjunct faculty appointment with the Department for Health Policy, Management, and Leadership. He is a health policy and health services researcher. His research primarily focuses on policy responses to the opioid epidemic as well as Medicaid policy. He is currently embedded within the West Virginia Bureau for Medical Services in Charleston, West Virginia, where he is working to strengthen the agencys capacity to use data to drive decision making and performance improvement. He previously led an evaluation of the states Medicaid Diabetes Health Home Program and is currently assisting with an evaluation of the agencys 1115 substance use disorder waiver among other projects. He received his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Institute for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the University of Kentucky. In his free time he enjoys kayaking, backpacking, and fishing.