Nina Joyce, Ph.D.
Brown University

Dr. Joyce is a PCOR/CER Scholar at Brown University, supported by the AHRQ Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Institutional Mentored Career Development Program (K12).

Current Interests

Dr. Joyce's work focuses on pediatric pharmacoepidemiology, with a special interest in pharmacoptherapy for mental health conditions. Her current projects include an analysis of the effect of a global insurance payment structure on rates of utilization and measures of health care costs for mental health conditions in children and adolescents as well as a study of the effect of state policies limiting opioid prescribing on the risk of overdose among children whose family members were prescribed an opioid. 


Dr. Joyce received her BA in Biology and Community Health in addition to her MPH from Tufts University, and her PhD in Epidemiology from Brown University. Dr. Joyce previously worked as a Research Analyst at the Providence Veterans Administration. There, she led analyses of data on cancer care patterns in the last year of life and studied patterns of long-action opioid use among Veterans in a community living center. In addition, Dr. Joyce provided statistical consultation and clinical research coordination in the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Emergency Department.  From 2015-17, Dr. Joyce was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, supported by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Selected Publications

Schuler MS, Joyce NR, Huskamp HA, Lamont EB, Hatfield LA. Medicare Beneficiaries With Advanced Lung Cancer Experience Diverse Patterns Of Care From Diagnosis To Death. Health Aff (Millwood). 2017 Jul 1;36(7):1193-1200.

Grabowski DC, Joyce NR, McGuire TG, Frank RG. Passive Enrollment Of Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries Into Medicare And Medicaid Managed Care Has Not Met Expectations. Health Aff (Millwood). 2017 May 1;36(5):846-854.

Joyce NR, Mylonakis E, Mor V. Effect of Clostridium difficile Prevalence in Hospitals and Nursing Homes on Risk of Infection. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Jul;65(7):1527-1534.

Joyce NR, Zachariah JP, Eaton CB, Trivedi AN, Wellenius GA. Statin Use and the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Children and Adolescents. Acad Pediatr. 2017 Jul;17(5):515-522. 

Gidwani R, Joyce NR, Kinosian B, Faricy-Anderson K, Levy C, Miller SC, Ersek M, Wagner T, Mor V. Gap between recommendations and practice of palliative care and hospice. In press.

Joyce NR, Wellenius GA, Eaton CB, Trivedi AN, Zachariah JP. Patterns and predictors of medication adherence to lipid lowering therapy in children ages 8 to 20. J Clin Lipidol. 2016 Jul-Aug;10(4):824-832.e2.

Mor V, Joyce NR, Cote DL, Gidwani RA, Ersek M, Levy CR, Faricy-Anderson KE, Miller SC, Wagner TH, Kinosian BP, Lorenz KA, Shreve ST. (2015). The rise of concurrent care for Veterans with advanced Cancer at the end of life. Cancer. 122(5) 782-790.

Joyce NR, Wellenius GA, Dore DD, Newburger JW, Zachariah JP. (2015). Patterns of lipid lowering therapy among children ages 8 to 20 years, 2005 – 2010. Journal of Pediatrics. 167: 113-119.

Bailey J, Hawker GA, Wood R, Cappelleri JC, Higgins V, Joyce NR, Hsu M-A. (2014). Impact of physician specialty on classification of physician-perceived patient severity for patients with osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. 22: 647-651.

Burke LG, Joyce NR, Epstein SK. (2013). The effect of an ambulance diversion ban on emergency department length of stay and ambulance turnaround time. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 61(3): 303-311.

Curriculum vitae