Jean P. Hall, Ph.D.

Jean P. Hall, Ph.D.

Jean Hall

Jean P. Hall, Ph.D., is the director of the Institute for Health and Disability Policy Studies and an associate research professor at the University of Kansas and the University of Kansas Medical Center, Department of Health Policy and Management. Dr. Hall received her PhD in Disability Studies and has an extensive background in the evaluation of health care programs, especially for people with disabilities or chronic illnesses. Dr. Hall has published numerous scholarly articles in such journals as Inquiry, American Journal of Managed Care, Journal of Disability Policy Studies, Disability and Health Journal, Journal of Public Health Dentistry, Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, Health Care Financing Review, and American Journal of Health Promotion. Moreover, her research has been cited in numerous national media including the New York Times, Washington Post, National Public Radio, ABC News, BusinessWeek and Health Affairs.

Dr. Hall's research has included private, state, and federal projects related to health care and employment for people with disabilities or chronic illnesses in the employment, Medicaid, Medicare and high-risk pool systems. Dr. Hall has recently completed a 10-year evaluation of the Kansas Medicaid Buy-In program and is directing a federal project to examine the nexus of disability, health, and employment. She is also studying the federal Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP), a temporary high-risk health insurance program established under the Affordable Care Act. 

She welcomes the opportunity to work with doctoral students in the HP&M program. Her research interests include:

  • Health care policy for people with disabilities/chronic illnesses
  • Medicaid/Medicare
  • High-Risk pools
  • Federal disability programs
  • Underinsurance and access to care
  • Program evaluation integrating quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Disability studies as a formal academic field

University of Kansas Medical Center

Ph.D., Disability Studies, University of Kansas, 2003
M.S., Geology, University of Kansas, 1991
B.S., Geology, University of South Carolina, 1985

Contact Information


1000 Sunnyside Ave.
1052 Dole Human Development Center
Lawrence, Kansas 66045


Research Interests

Health care policy for people with disabilities/chronic illnesses, Medicaid/Medicare, High-Risk pools, Federal disability programs, Underinsurance and access to care, Program evaluation, integrating quantitative and qualitative methods, and Disability studies as a formal academic field

Recent Publications

Hall, J.P., Kurth, N.K. & Hunt, S. (2013). Employment as a health determinant for working-age, dually-eligible people with disabilities. Disability and Health Journal, 6(2), 100-106. PMID: 23507160

Hall, J.P. (2014, December). Why a National High-Risk Insurance Pool Is Not a Workable Alternative to the Marketplace. The Commonwealth Fund, Publication #1792. PMID: 25532232

Hall, J.P., Kurth, N.K., Chapman, S.C, & Shireman, T.I. (2015). Medicaid managed care: Issues for beneficiaries with disabilities. Disability and Health Journal, 8(1), 130-135. PMID: 25281036

Hall, J.P., Kurth, N.K., & Averett, E.P. (2016). Asset building: One way the Affordable Care Act may improve health and employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 26(4), 252-256. DOI:10.1177/1044207314544370

Hall, J.P., Shartzer, A., Kurth, N.K., & Thomas, K.C. (2017). Effect of Medicaid expansion on workforce participation for people with disabilities. American Journal of Public Health, 107(2), 262-264. PMID: 27997244 DOI:10.2105/AJPH.2016.303543