Peter Cunningham, Ph.D., is Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research, Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Cunningham has been conducting health policy and health services research for over 30 years, focusing on numerous issues related to access to health care, insurance coverage, the health care safety net, behavioral health, and the supply of primary care providers to Medicaid members. He is currently the Principal Investigator of an evaluation of Virginia’s Addiction and Recovery Treatment Services (ARTS) program, which expands access to addiction treatment services for Medicaid members in Virginia. He has published extensively in academic and health policy journals, including Health Affairs, JAMA, Milbank Quarterly, Medical Care, Medical Care Research and Review, and American Journal of Managed Care. In addition, he has authored numerous reports published by private research organizations, health care foundations, and government agencies. Prior to joining Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014, Dr. Cunningham was Director of Quantitative Research at the Center for Studying Health System Change, Washington, D.C., a private research organization funded primarily by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.   Dr. Cunningham was also at the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (now AHRQ), where he worked on the Medical Expenditure Survey.   He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Purdue University in 1988.  

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