Roy Wada, PhD

Senior Research Specialist

Roy Wada, PhD, is a senior research specialist and investigator in IHRP's Health Policy Center.

Previously he served as assistant researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was trained as a Ruth L. Kirschstein-NRSA postdoctoral fellow, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, at RAND and UCLA from 2007-2008.

Dr. Wada received his doctorate in economics from Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Research Interests

Dr. Wada's research focuses on health and employment effects of food, beverage, and tobacco taxation, and environmental determinants of childhood health. He is currently involved in research projects investigating the effects of tobacco control policies and graphic warning labels on tobacco consumption, the correlates of demands for e-cigarettes and nicotine replacement products, the association of sugar-sweetened beverage taxes and the influence of television with children's dietary habits and obesity outcomes. His past projects include examining Medicare valuation of physician services, the effect of food price on childhood obesity, and the relationship between wages and body composition.

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

Powell LM, Wada R, Kumanyika SK.Racial/ethnic and income disparities in child and adolescent exposure to food and beverage television ads across the U.S. media markets. Health Place. 2014 Jul 30;29:124-131. [See abstract.]

Powell LM, Wada R, Persky JJ, Chaloupka FJ. Employment impact of sugar-sweetened beverage taxes. Am J Public Health. 2014 Apr;104(4):672-7. [See abstract.]

Grossman M, Tekin E, Wada R. Food prices and body fatness among youths. Econ Hum Biol. 2014 Jan;12:4-19. [See abstract.]

Powell LM, Chriqui JF, Khan T, Wada R, Chaloupka FJ. Assessing the potential effectiveness of food and beverage taxes and subsidies for improving public health: a systematic review of prices, demand and body weight outcomes. Obes Rev. 2013 Feb;14(2):110-28. [See abstract.]

Powell LM, Wada R, Krauss RC, Wang Y. Ethnic disparities in adolescent body mass index in the United States: The role of parental socioeconomic status and economic contextual factors. Soc Sci Med. 2012 Aug;75(3):469-76. [See abstract.]

Laugesen MJ, Wada R, Chen EM. In setting doctors' Medicare fees, CMS almost always accepts the relative value update panel's advice on work values. Health Aff. 2012 May; 31(5): 965-972. [See abstract.]

Khan T, Powell LM, Wada R. Fast food consumption and food prices: evidence from panel data on 5th and 8th grade children. J Obes. 2012;2012:857697. [See abstract.]

Krauss RC, Powell LM, Wada R. Weight misperceptions and racial and ethnic disparities in adolescent female body mass index. J Obes. 2012;2012:205393. Epub 2012 May 31. [See abstract.]

Wada R, Tekin E. Body composition and wages. Econ Hum Biol. 2010 Jul;8(2):242-54.