Dylan Roby

Dr. Dylan H. Roby, PhD, is faculty associate at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. He is also an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and is the Director of the Division of Health Policy and an Associate Professor of Health, Society, and Behavior at the UC Irvine Program in Public Health. Roby collaborates with colleagues at UCLA on the California Simulation of Insurance Markets (CalSIM) microsimulation model (www.calsim.org), and is a member of the cost analysis team for the California Health Benefit Review Program (www.chbrp.org). His primary academic appointment is in the UC Irvine Program in Public Health, where he conducts research on Medicaid, the health care safety net, and the Affordable Care Act's implications for insurance markets, system redesign and access to care. He teaches courses on health politics and policy in the B.A., M.P.H. and PhD programs in public health.

Roby was the former director (2012-2014) of the Health Economics and Evaluation Research Program at the Center, where he helped developed the Center's capacity for analysis of Medicaid claims data, Medicaid waiver evaluation, and conducting confidential data analyses and surveys. He served as the associate director of the MPH Program from 2010-2012. Prior to becoming the director of Health Economics and Evaluation Research, he was a senior researcher at the Center from 2003 to 2011. Before returning to UCLA, Roby worked for four years as a senior research associate at The George Washington University Center for Health Services Research and Policy. He worked on safety net issues, including data analysis and research on community health centers and public hospitals. During his time in Washington, DC, he also worked for the National Association of Community Health Centers, the National Governors' Association's Center for Best Practices, and the Progressive Policy Institute. Roby was also an instructor at The George Washington University Department of Health Policy. Prior to that, he was a research assistant at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Roby graduated from UCLA with a bachelor's degree in geography and a minor in public policy. He earned his doctoral degree in public policy from The George Washington University.

Center Affiliations


  • PhD, Public Policy, The George Washington University, Washington DC
  • BA, Geography, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Areas of Interest

  • U.S. Healthcare System
  • Health Care Affordability
  • Health Information Technology
  • Impacts of Managed Care
  • Disease Management Programs
  • Health Insurance Markets
  • Health Care Reform
  • Safety Net Clinics and Hospitals

Selected Publications

  • Jacobs K, Graham-Squire D, Gould E, and Roby DH. 2013. Large Repayments of Premium Subsidies May Be Owed To The IRS If Family Income Changes Are Not Promptly Reported. Health Affairs, 32(9): 1538-1545.
  • Krist AH, Glenn BA, Glasgow RE, Balasubramian B, Chambers DA, Fernandez M, Huertin-Roberts S, Kessler R, Ory MG, Phillips SM, Ritzwoller DP, Roby DH, Rodriguez HP, Sabo RT, SheinfeldGorin SN, and Stange KC. 2013. Designing a Valid Pragmatic Primary Care Implementation Trial: The My Own Health Report (MOHR) Project. Implementation Science, 8:73.
  • Roby DH, Watson G, Jacobs K, Graham-Squire, D, Kinane C, Gans D, Needleman J, and Kominski GF. 2013. Modeling the Impact of the Affordable Care Act and the Individual Mandate on Californians, Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 34(1): 16-28.
  • Pourat N, Salce E, Davis AC, Hilberman D, Roby DH, and Kominski GF. 2012. In Ten California Counties, Notable Progress In System Integration Within The Safety Net, Though Challenges Remain. Health Affairs, 31(8): 1717-1727.
  • Satter DE, Roby DH, and Smith L. 2011. Measuring the Cost of Tobacco Use in California‚Äôs American Indian Population. Journal of Cancer Education, 27 (Supplement 1): 91-105.
  • Roby DH, Pourat N, Pirritano M, Vrungos S, Castillo D, Dajee H, and Kominski GF. 2010. Impact of patient-centered medical home assignment on emergency room visits among uninsured patients in a county health system. Medical Care Research and Review, 67(4): 412-430.
  • Kominski GF, Pourat N, Roby DH, and Cameron ME. 2008. Return to work and degree of recovery among injured workers in California's Workers' Compensation system. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 50(3): 296-305.
  • Pourat N, Kominski GF, Roby DH, and Cameron ME. 2007. Satisfaction with care and perceptions of quality among injured workers in California's Workers' Compensation system. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 49(11): 1249-1256.
  • Pourat N, Roby DH, Wyn R, and Marcus M. 2007. Characteristics of dentists who provide dental care to publicly insured patients. Journal of Public Health Dentistry. 67(4): 208-216.
  • Pourat N, Kominski G, Roby D, and Cameron M. 2007. Physician perceptions of access to quality care in California's Workers' Compensation System. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 49(6): 618-625.
  • Wilensky S and Roby DH. 2005. Health Centers and Health Insurance: Complements, Not Alternatives. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, 28(4): 347-355.