Ezra Golberstein, PhD

Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management

Ezra Golberstein

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-626-2572

Office Address:
15-217 Phillips-Wangensteen Building

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware St SE
MMC 729 Mayo
Minneapolis, MN 55455

PhD, Health Services Organization and Policy, University of Michigan 2008

BA, Brandeis University, 2001


My research lies at the intersection between health services and policy research and health economics. One of my main areas of interest is on mental health, the economics of mental health, and mental health care policy. My work examines the effects of health insurance changes, provider incentives, and practice innovations on health care use and outcomes for people with mental health problems.


Health economics, health care policy, mental health, quantitative methods, health insurance, human capital, non-medical determinants of health

Awards & Recognition

  • Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health


Research Funding Grants

  • 2015–2017, Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation, "Mental Health eConsults," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2017, Yale University, "Young Adults, Health Insurance, and Psychosis," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2017, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, "Interdisciplinary Research Leaders," Associate Director
  • 2015–2020, NIH, "Integrated Health Interview Series Competing Continuation," Co-Investigator


See a full list of publications on PubMed

Select Recent Publications

  • Gonzales G, Golberstein E, Hill SC, Zuvekas SH. "Psychological Distress and Enrollment in Medicaid," The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, Sept 2016
  • Boudreaux MH, Golberstein E, McAlpine DD. "The long-term impacts of Medicaid exposure in early childhood: Evidence from the program's origin," Journal of Health Economics, Jan 2016
  • Golberstein E, Gonzales G, Sommers BD. "California's Early ACA Expansion Increased Coverage And Reduced Out-Of-Pocket Spending For The State's Low-Income Population," Health Affairs, Oct 2015
  • Golberstein E, Gonzales G. "The Effects of Medicaid Eligibility on Mental Health Services and Out-of-Pocket Spending for Mental Health Services," Health Services Research, Oct 2015
  • Golberstein E. "The effects of income on mental health: evidence from the social security notch," The Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, March 2015 



  • PubH 6724, The Health Care System and Public Health
  • PubH 8804, Advanced Qualitative Methods Seminar


In The News

SPH News

  • Study shows at most little change in mental health care use and spending following law to improve service coverage (Read more)

In the Media

  • Spotlight on mental health policy (MPR News)
  • Trump administration takes aim at Affordable Care Act, but harms private insurance market instead (Star Tribune)
  • Worried about risky teenage behavior? Make school tougher (The New York Times
  • A Work Requirement for Medicaid recipients? It Doesn't Make Sense (MinnPost)
  • Medicaid expansion takes a bite out of medical debt (NPR)
  • Health plans pitch ‘e-visits’ to seniors (Star Tribune)