Alene Kennedy-Hendricks
Alene Kennedy-Hendricks

Alene Kennedy-Hendricks, PhD

  • Assistant Scientist

Departmental Affiliations

  • Health Policy and Management (Primary)

Center & Institute Affiliations

  • Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy Research
  • Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy
  • Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Contact Information

624 N. Broadway
Room 488
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

P:  443-287-5324


PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2015
BA, George Washington University, 2006


My research focuses on understanding how health and social policies affect individuals with mental health conditions and substance use disorders. I am currently conducting research in four main areas: (1) examining the impact of insurance and financing reforms on health service use and spending among persons with mental health conditions and substance use disorders; (2) assessing the implementation of models that integrate mental health care, addiction treatment, other medical care, and social services; (3) evaluating policy responses to the opioid epidemic; and (4) policy communication research involving measurement of public attitudes, tracking of news media coverage, and evaluating the persuasive effects of messages framing behavioral health policy issues.

Research Interests

  • health policy analysis
  • substance use disorders
  • mental health
  • behavioral health
  • policy communication
  • politics of behavioral health policy
  • claims data
  • Medicaid
  • commercial insurance


Selected recent publications include the following:

  • Kennedy-Hendricks A, Epstein AJ, Stuart EA, Haffajee R, McGinty EE, Busch AB, Huskamp H, Barry CL. Federal parity and spending for mental illness. Pediatrics 2018;142(2): pii: e20172618. doi: 10.1542/peds.2017-2618.
  • Kennedy-Hendricks A, Epstein AJ, Mandell DS, Candon MK, Marcus SC, Xie M, Barry CL. Effects of state autism mandate age caps on health service use and spending among adolescents. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2018;57(2):125-131.
  • Kennedy-Hendricks A, Barry CL, Gollust SE, Ensminger ME, Chisolm, MS, McGinty EE. How is social stigma toward individuals with prescription opioid use disorder associated with public support for punitive and public health-oriented policies? Psychiatric Services 2017;68(5):462-469.
  • Kennedy-Hendricks A, Huskamp HA, Rutkow L, Barry CL. Opportunities at the intersection of criminal justice and health reform to improve outcomes for individuals with mental illness. Health Affairs 2016;35(6): 1076-1083.
  • Kennedy-Hendricks A, Gielen AC, McGinty EE, McDonald E, Shields W, Barry CL. Medication sharing, storage, and disposal practices among U.S. adults with recent opioid medication use. JAMA Intern Med 2016;176(7): 1027-1029.