Debra Sabatini Dwyer

  • Visiting Associate Professor

Dr. Dwyer received a Ph.D. in 1996 and an M.S. in labor and health economics in 1993 from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. She also earned a B.S. in 1989 with a double major in Economics and English Literature from Queens College. Before coming to the Department of Technology and Society in 2014, Dr. Dwyer chaired the department of Health Care Policy and Management at Stony Brook University. She spent 8 years in the economics department at Stony Brook where she continues to hold an affiliated appointment.

Dr. Dwyer has published extensively in the area of health and labor economics with ties to public policy. Her areas of expertise are economics and public policy which she primarily applies to the health and labor markets. Her work informs Education, Social Security and Health Policy. In addition, she has made significant contributions in the measurement and use of survey data in empirical research. Her current research focuses on market failures and evaluation of the health care sector in the United States.

Prior to Stony Brook University, Dr. Dwyer was an economist in the Division of Economic Research, Office of Research Evaluation and Statistics, at the Social Security Administration in Washington, DC. She worked as part of the disability project team that focused on the disability components of the Social Security System. Through that work she developed a model for simulating eligibility for disability insurance and supplemental security income in the general population.

Dr. Dwyer has taught courses in principles of economics, micro economics, health economics and public policy, health policy, and research seminars at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. In addition she has also taught courses to prepare future instructors on teaching.

As an administrator Dr. Dwyer has developed new programs at the certificate, masters, and Ph.D. level in the areas of health sciences, management, economics, and policy.

Dr. Dwyer has worked as a consultant on various projects as an expert witness, program reviewer, and data analyst.