Nina Joyce, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Joyce is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. Her work is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Current Interests

Dr. Joyce's work focuses on pediatric pharmacoepidemiology, with a special interest in pharmacoptherapy for mental health conditions. Her current projects include an analysis of the effect of a global insurance payment structure on rates of utilization and measures of health care costs for mental health conditions in children and adolescents as well as a study of the effect of state policies limiting opioid prescribing on the risk of overdose among children whose family members were prescribed an opioid. 


Dr. Joyce received her BA in Biology and Community Health in addition to her MPH from Tufts University, and her PhD in Epidemiology from Brown University. Dr. Joyce previously worked as a Research Analyst at the Providence Veterans Administration. There, she led analyses of data on cancer care patterns in the last year of life and studied patterns of long-action opioid use among Veterans in a community living center. In addition, Dr. Joyce provided statistical consultation and clinical research coordination in the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Emergency Department. 

Selected Publications

Gidwani R, Joyce NR, Kinosian B, Faricy-Anderson K, Levy C, Miller SC, Ersek M, Wagner T, Mor V. Gap between recommendations and practice of palliative care and hospice. In press.

Joyce NR, Wellenius GA, Eaton CB, Trivedi AN, Zachariah JP. Patterns and predictors of medication adherence to lipid lowering therapy in children ages 8 to 20. In press.

Mor V, Joyce NR, Cote DL, Gidwani RA, Ersek M, Levy CR, Faricy-Anderson KE, Miller SC, Wagner TH, Kinosian BP, Lorenz KA, Shreve ST. (2015). The rise of concurrent care for Veterans with advanced Cancer at the end of life. Cancer. 122(5) 782-790.

Joyce NR, Wellenius GA, Dore DD, Newburger JW, Zachariah JP. (2015). Patterns of lipid lowering therapy among children ages 8 to 20 years, 2005 – 2010. Journal of Pediatrics. 167: 113-119.

Bailey J, Hawker GA, Wood R, Cappelleri JC, Higgins V, Joyce NR, Hsu M-A. (2014). Impact of physician specialty on classification of physician-perceived patient severity for patients with osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. 22: 647-651.

Burke LG, Joyce NR, Epstein SK. (2013). The effect of an ambulance diversion ban on emergency department length of stay and ambulance turnaround time. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 61(3): 303-311.

Curriculum vitae