Frank A. Sloan

Frank A. Sloan

J. Alexander McMahon Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Health Policy and Management

External Address: 
236 Social Sciences Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708-0253
(919) 613-9358

Professor Sloan is interested in studying the subjects of health policy and the economics of aging, hospitals, health, pharmaceuticals, and substance abuse. He has received funding from numerous research grants that he earned for studies of which he was the principal investigator. His most recent grants were awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Center for Disease Control, the Pew Charitable Trust, and the National Institute on Aging. Titles of his projects include, “Why Mature Smokers Do Not Quit,” “Legal and Economic Vulnerabilities of the Master Settlement Agreement,” “Determinants and Cost of Alcohol Abuse Among the Elderly and Near-elderly,” and “Reinsurance Markets and Public Policy.” He received the Investigator Award for his work on the project, “Reoccurring Crises in Medical Malpractice.” Some of his earlier works include the studies entitled, “Policies to Attract Nurses to Underserved Areas,” “The Impact of National Economic Conditions on the Health Care of the Poor-Access,” and “Analysis of Physician Price and Output Decisions.” Professor Sloan’s latest research continues to investigate the trends and repercussions of medical malpractice, physician behavior, and hospital behavior.


  • Ph.D., Harvard University 1969

Gifford, E. J., Lindsey Eldred, and Frank Sloan. “Expanding the Role of Drug Treatment Courts to Prevent Child Maltreatment.” Edited by T. LaLiberte, K. Barry, and Kate Walthour. Cw360 2018, no. Spring (2018).

Pogue, Ye Z., Jahn K. Hakes, and Frank A. Sloan. “Is Major Depression Linked to Alcohol-Impaired Driving?Substance Use & Misuse 52, no. 14 (December 2017): 1871–82. Full Text

Gifford, E. J., L. M. Eldred, S. A. Mccutchan, and F. A. Sloan. “Prosecution, Conviction, and Deterrence in Child Maltreatment Cases.” Criminal Justice and Behavior 44, no. 10 (October 1, 2017): 1262–80. Full Text

Acquah, Joseph Kofi, Roshani Dahal, and Frank A. Sloan. “1918 Influenza Pandemic: In Utero Exposure in the United States and Long-Term Impact on Hospitalizations.American Journal of Public Health 107, no. 9 (September 2017): 1477–83. Full Text

Yu, Y., and F. A. Sloan. “Trends in elderly health by cohort: Evidence from China.” China Economic Review 44 (July 1, 2017): 282–95. Full Text

Abdelgadir, Jihad, Tu Tran, Alex Muhindo, Doomwin Obiga, John Mukasa, Hussein Ssenyonjo, Michael Muhumza, Joel Kiryabwire, Michael M. Haglund, and Frank A. Sloan. “Estimating the Cost of Neurosurgical Procedures in a Low-Income Setting: An Observational Economic Analysis.World Neurosurg 101 (May 2017): 651–57. Full Text

Akushevich, I., A. P. Yashkin, J. Kravchenko, F. Fang, K. Arbeev, F. Sloan, and A. I. Yashin. “Theory of partitioning of disease prevalence and mortality in observational data.Theor Popul Biol 114 (April 2017): 117–27. Full Text Open Access Copy

Sloan, Frank A., Sabrina A. McCutchan, and Lindsey M. Eldred. “Alcohol-Impaired Driving and Perceived Risks of Legal Consequences.Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research 41, no. 2 (February 2017): 432–42. Full Text

Sloan, Frank A., Elizabeth J. Gifford, Lindsey M. Eldred, and Sabrina A. McCutchan. “Does the probability of DWI arrest fall following participation in DWI and hybrid drug treatment court programs?Accident; Analysis and Prevention 97 (December 2016): 197–205. Full Text

Eldred, L. M., E. J. Gifford, S. A. McCutchan, and F. A. Sloan. “Factors predicting prosecution of child maltreatment cases.” Children and Youth Services Review 70 (November 1, 2016): 201–5. Full Text


Sloan, F. A., V. K. Smith, and Jr D H Taylor. The Smoking Puzzle: Information, Risk Perception, and Choice. Harvard University Press, 2003.

Sloan, F. A., E. Stout, K. Whetten-Goldstein, and L. Liang. Drinkers, Drivers, and Bartenders Balancing Private Choices and Public Accountability. University of Chicago Press, 2000.

Medicine, I. O., and C. O. T. A. O. N. S. I. H. A. N. Homes. Nursing Staff in Hospitals and Nursing Homes Is It Adequate? Edited by F. A. Sloan, G. S. Wunderlich, and C. K. Davis. National Academies Press, 1996.


Selected Grants

Deterrent Effect of Specialty Courts for DWI Offenders awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2013

Determinants and Consequences of Alcohol Consumption awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2011

Heart Failure : Epidemiology & Outcomes in the Elderly awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2006 to 2009

Determinants and Cost of Alcohol Abuse Among Elderly awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1999 to 2002

Private and Social Cost of Smoking awarded by National Institute on Aging (Principal Investigator). 1999 to 2002

Triangle Research Data Center awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 1999 to 2002

Public Subsidies Effects on Use of Longterm Care awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1998 to 2001

Heavy Drinking & Driving - Which Deterrants Work awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1990 to 2000

Effects of Public Subsidies on Use of Long-term Care awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1996 to 2000

Effects Of Public Subsidies On Use Of Long Term Care awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1996 to 1999