Troy Quast is an economist who received his doctorate from the University of Florida and master’s from The University of Texas. His research interests include the impact of economic conditions on health status, Medicaid policy, and the impact of natural disasters on health status and the utilization of health services. He has been awarded research funding by the National Institutes of Health to examine the treatment of children displaced after Hurricane Katrina and has an interest in using large data sets for analysis of population health issues. He has written cost-effectiveness papers regarding the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and the treatment of childhood trauma. He has served as the cost-effectiveness expert on numerous grants funded by the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education.