Helen Levy

Research Professor

Helen Levy is a research professor at the Institute for Social Research, the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy, and the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Dr. Levy’s research interests include the causes and consequences of lacking health insurance, evaluation of public health insurance programs, and the role of health literacy in explaining disparities in health outcomes. She is a co-Investigator on the Health and Retirement Study, a long-running longitudinal study of health and economic dynamics at older ages. She is currently the recipient of a Career Development Award (K01) from the National Institute on Aging to study health literacy and health disparities among the elderly. In 2010-2011, Levy served as a Senior Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Before coming to the University of Michigan Levy was an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of California at Berkeley. She holds a BA from Yale in mathematics and history and a PhD in economics from Princeton University.