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Amber Willink, PhD

  • Associate Professor - Adjunct

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 698
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2015
MPH, University of Queensland, Australia, 2010
BSc, University of Queensland, Australia, 2006


Amber Willink, Ph.D., is an Assistant Scientist of Health Policy and Management and Assistant Director of the Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research uses predictive modeling to examine trajectories and health outcomes of older adults and inform policy for health and long-term services and supports. She is also focused on issues of access to and cost burdens of non-covered Medicare services. Dr. Willink received her doctoral degree in health services research and policy from Johns Hopkins University and her dissertation examined the midlife health and behavioral factors that predict disability and long-term nursing home stays using the Health and Retirement Study. Additionally, she has published on international health policy comparisons and cost-containment strategies in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Honors and Awards

Delta Omega Honors Society

Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society

  • Long-term Care
  • Older Adults
  • Medicare
  • Health Policy
  • Health Financing

Most recent publications

  • Willink, A., Schoen, C., & Davis, K. (2017). Consideration of Dental, Vision, and Hearing Services to be Covered Under Medicare. Journal of the American Medical Association, 318(7), 605-606.
  • Willink, A., Schoen, C., & Davis, K. (2016). Dental Care And Medicare Beneficiaries: Access Gaps, Cost Burdens, And Policy Options. Health Affairs, 35(12), 2241--2248. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2016.0829
  • Willink A, Davis K, Schoen C, Wolff J. Physical and/or Cognitive Impairment, Out-of-Pocket Spending, and Medicaid Entry among Older Adults. J Urban Heal. 2016.
  • Amjad, H., Wong, S. K., Roth, D. L., Huang, J., Willink, A., Black, B. S., . . . Samus, Q. M. (2017). Health Services Utilization in Older Adults with Dementia Receiving Care Coordination: The MIND at Home Trial. Health Services Research. doi:10.1111/1475-6773.12647
  • Davis K, Willink A, Amjad H. What is the potential for improving care and lowering cost for persons with dementia? Int Psychogeriatr. 2016;28(3):357-358.