Brian D. Elbel

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Brian D. Elbel, M.P.H., Ph.D.

Associate Professor;
Departments of Population Health (Health & Beh) and Medicine (GIM Div)

Contact Info

227 East 30th Street
Floor 6 Room 626
New York, NY


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2007 — Yale University, Graduate Education

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Research Interests

Brian Elbel, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Population Health and Health Policy at the NYU School of Medicine, where he heads the Section on Health Choice, Policy and Evaluation within the Department of Population Health, and the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where he is the Director of the Doctoral Program. Dr. Elbel studies how individuals make decisions that influence their health and healthcare, with a particular emphasis on evaluation, obesity and food choice. His work uses behavioral economics to understand health and healthcare decision-making among vulnerable groups, and the role and influence of public policy on these decisions. Current research includes how to use behavioral economics to influence physicians? prescribing practices; the impact of public policies mandating calorie labeling in restaurants; influence of NYC?s policy limiting the size of sugar sweetened beverages at food service establishments; and the impact of policies supporting the development of supermarkets in high need areas; among others.

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All data from NYU Health Sciences Library Faculty Bibliography — -


Who reports noticing and using calorie information posted on fast food restaurant menus?
Breck, Andrew; Cantor, Jonathan; Martinez, Olivia; Elbel, Brian
2014 May;81C:30-36, Appetite
— id: 1074372, year: 2014, vol: 81C, page: 30, stat: Journal Article,

Application of global positioning system methods for the study of obesity and hypertension risk among low-income housing residents in New York City: a spatial feasibility study
Duncan, Dustin T; Regan, Seann D; Shelley, Donna; Day, Kristen; Ruff, Ryan R; Al-Bayan, Maliyhah; Elbel, Brian
2014 Nov;9(1):57-70, Geospatial health
— id: 1432822, year: 2014, vol: 9, page: 57, stat: Journal Article,

Presenting quality data to vulnerable groups: charts, summaries or behavioral economic nudges?
Elbel, Brian; Gillespie, Colleen; Raven, Maria C
2014 Feb;:346-346, Journal of health services research & policy
— id: 945692, year: 2014, vol: , page: 346, stat: Journal Article,

The influence of calorie labeling on food orders and consumption: a review of the literature
Kiszko, Kamila M; Martinez, Olivia D; Abrams, Courtney; Elbel, Brian
2014 Dec;39(6):1248-1269, Journal of community health
— id: 1341702, year: 2014, vol: 39, page: 1248, stat: Journal Article,

Kyanko, Kelly A; Elbel, Brian
2014 APR;29:S237-S237, Journal of general internal medicine
— id: 1268092, year: 2014, vol: 29, page: S237, stat: Journal Article,

Same strategy different industry: corporate influence on public policy
Shelley, Donna; Ogedegbe, Gbenga; Elbel, Brian
2014 Apr;104(4):e9-e11, American journal of public health. AJPH
— id: 836252, year: 2014, vol: 104, page: e9, stat: Journal Article,

Calorie labeling and consumer estimation of calories purchased
Taksler, Glen B; Elbel, Brian
2014 Jul;11(1):91-91, International journal of behavioral nutrition & physical activity
— id: 1074972, year: 2014, vol: 11, page: 91, stat: Journal Article,

Development and evaluation of the US Healthy Food Diversity index
Vadiveloo, Maya; Dixon, L Beth; Mijanovich, Tod; Elbel, Brian; Parekh, Niyati
2014 Nov;112(9):1562-1574, British journal of nutrition
— id: 1321982, year: 2014, vol: 112, page: 1562, stat: Journal Article,

Calorie labeling, Fast food purchasing and restaurant visits
Elbel, Brian; Mijanovich, Tod; Dixon, L Beth; Abrams, Courtney; Weitzman, Beth; Kersh, Rogan; Auchincloss, Amy H; Ogedegbe, Gbenga
2013 Oct;:1089-1098, Obesity (Silver Spring)
— id: 667442, year: 2013, vol: , page: 1089, stat: Journal Article,

Promotion of Healthy Eating Through Public Policy: A Controlled Experiment
Elbel, Brian; Taksler, Glen B; Mijanovich, Tod; Abrams, Courtney B; Dixon, L B
2013 Jul;45(1):49-55, American journal of preventive medicine
— id: 395372, year: 2013, vol: 45, page: 49, stat: Journal Article,

Telephone care coordination for smokers in VA mental health clinics: protocol for a hybrid type-2 effectiveness-implementation trial
Rogers, Erin; Fernandez, Senaida; Gillespie, Colleen; Smelson, David; Hagedorn, Hildi J; Elbel, Brian; Kalman, David; Axtmayer, Alfredo; Kurowski, Karishma; Sherman, Scott E
2013 ;8:7-7, Addiction science & clinical practice
— id: 315952, year: 2013, vol: 8, page: 7, stat: Journal Article,

Environmental and individual factors affecting menu labeling utilization: a qualitative research study
Schindler, Jennifer; Kiszko, Kamila; Abrams, Courtney; Islam, Nadia; Elbel, Brian
2013 May;113(5):667-672, Journal of the academy of nutrition & dietetics
— id: 365462, year: 2013, vol: 113, page: 667, stat: Journal Article,

Low cognitive ability and poor skill with numbers may prevent many from enrolling in medicare supplemental coverage
Chan, Sewin; Elbel, Brian
2012 Aug;31(8):1847-1854, Health affairs
— id: 178880, year: 2012, vol: 31, page: 1847, stat: Journal Article,

Potential effect of the New York City policy regarding sugared beverages
Elbel, Brian; Cantor, Jonathan; Mijanovich, Tod
2012 Aug;367(7):680-681, New England journal of medicine
— id: 176847, year: 2012, vol: 367, page: 680, stat: Journal Article,

Vulnerable patients' perceptions of health care quality and quality data
Raven, Maria Catherine; Gillespie, Colleen C; Dibennardo, Rebecca; Van Busum, Kristin; Elbel, Brian
2012 Mar;32(2):311-326, Medical decision making
— id: 162828, year: 2012, vol: 32, page: 311, stat: Journal Article,

Inviting consumers to downsize fast-food portions significantly reduces calorie consumption
Schwartz, Janet; Riis, Jason; Elbel, Brian; Ariely, Dan
2012 Feb;31(2):399-407, Health affairs
— id: 792992, year: 2012, vol: 31, page: 399, stat: Journal Article,

The economic burden placed on healthcare systems by childhood obesity
Trasande, Leonardo; Elbel, Brian
2012 Feb;12(1):39-45, Expert review of pharmacoeconomics & outcomes research
— id: 150810, year: 2012, vol: 12, page: 39, stat: Journal Article,

Health and social services expenditures: associations with health outcomes
Bradley, Elizabeth H; Elkins, Benjamin R; Herrin, Jeph; Elbel, Brian
2011 Oct;20(10):826-831, BMJ quality & safety
— id: 140024, year: 2011, vol: 20, page: 826, stat: Journal Article,

Child and adolescent fast-food choice and the influence of calorie labeling: a natural experiment
Elbel, B; Gyamfi, J; Kersh, R
2011 Apr;35(4):493-500, International journal of obesity (2005)
— id: 130908, year: 2011, vol: 35, page: 493, stat: Journal Article,

Consumer estimation of recommended and actual calories at fast food restaurants
Elbel, Brian
2011 Oct;19(10):1971-1978, Obesity (Silver Spring)
— id: 137881, year: 2011, vol: 19, page: 1971, stat: Journal Article,

Childhood obesity : public health impact and policy responses
Kersh, R; Elbel, B
Global perspectives on childhood obesity : current status, consequences and prevention Amsterdam ; Boston : Academic Press/Elsevier, 2011,
— id: 800252, year: 2011, vol: , page: 281, stat: Chapter,

An intervention to improve care and reduce costs for high-risk patients with frequent hospital admissions: a pilot study
Raven, Maria C; Doran, Kelly M; Kostrowski, Shannon; Gillespie, Colleen C; Elbel, Brian D
2011 ;11:270-270, BMC health services research
— id: 141073, year: 2011, vol: 11, page: 270, stat: Journal Article,

Consumer purchasing patterns in response to calorie labeling legislation in New York City
Vadiveloo, Maya K; Dixon, L Beth; Elbel, Brian
2011 ;8(1):51-51, International journal of behavioral nutrition & physical activity
— id: 134723, year: 2011, vol: 8, page: 51, stat: Journal Article,

Elbel, B; Gyamfi, J; Abrams, C
2010 APR ;39(6):108-108, Annals of behavioral medicine
— id: 110157, year: 2010, vol: 39, page: 108, stat: Journal Article,

Calorie labeling and food choices: a first look at the effects on low-income people in New York City
Elbel, Brian; Kersh, Rogan; Brescoll, Victoria L; Dixon, L Beth
2009 Nov-Dec;28(6):w1110-w1121, Health affairs
— id: 105169, year: 2009, vol: 28, page: w1110, stat: Journal Article,

Responsive consumerism: empowerment in markets for health plans
Elbel, Brian; Schlesinger, Mark
2009 Sep;87(3):633-682, Milbank quarterly
— id: 102404, year: 2009, vol: 87, page: 633, stat: Journal Article,

Raven, M; Gillespie, C; Elbel, B
2009 ;24:89-89, Journal of general internal medicine
— id: 107299, year: 2009, vol: 24, page: 89, stat: Journal Article,

An Intervention to Improve Care & Reduce Costs for Medicaid Patients with Frequent Hospital Admissions
Raven, Maria; Elbel, Brian; Kostrowski, Shannon; Gillespie, Colleen; Gourevitch, Marc; Billings, John
2009 ;2009:487-488, Abstracts (AcademyHealth)
— id: 107294, year: 2009, vol: 2009, page: 487, stat: Journal Article,

Is more better? An experimental analysis of consumer choice
Elbel, B; Schlesinger, M
2008 ;23(6):335-335, Journal of general internal medicine
— id: 107300, year: 2008, vol: 23, page: 335, stat: Journal Article,

What do we get for our money? Cost-effectiveness of adding contingency management
Sindelar, Jody; Elbel, Brian; Petry, Nancy M
2007 Feb;102(2):309-316, Addiction
— id: 72470, year: 2007, vol: 102, page: 309, stat: Journal Article,

Hospital quality for acute myocardial infarction: correlation among process measures and relationship with short-term mortality
Bradley, Elizabeth H; Herrin, Jeph; Elbel, Brian; McNamara, Robert L; Magid, David J; Nallamothu, Brahmajee K; Wang, Yongfei; Normand, Sharon-Lise T; Spertus, John A; Krumholz, Harlan M
2006 Jul 5;296(1):72-78, JAMA
— id: 72471, year: 2006, vol: 296, page: 72, stat: Journal Article,

Cultivating next generation leadership: preceptors' rating of competencies in post-graduate administrative residents and fellows
Cherlin, Emily; Helfand, Brad; Elbel, Brian; Busch, Susan H; Bradley, Elizabeth H
2006 Fall;23(4):351-365, Journal of health administration education
— id: 72469, year: 2006, vol: 23, page: 351, stat: Journal Article,

Cost advantage of dual-chamber versus single-chamber cardioverter-defibrillator implantation
Goldberger, Zachary; Elbel, Brian; McPherson, Craig A; Paltiel, A David; Lampert, Rachel
2005 Sep 6;46(5):850-857, Journal of the American College of Cardiology
— id: 72472, year: 2005, vol: 46, page: 850, stat: Journal Article,

Enrolling children in public insurance: SCHIP, Medicaid, and state implementation
Kronebusch, Karl; Elbel, Brian
2004 Jun;29(3):451-489, Journal of health politics policy & law
— id: 72473, year: 2004, vol: 29, page: 451, stat: Journal Article,

Simplifying children's Medicaid and SCHIP
Kronebusch, Karl; Elbel, Brian
2004 May-Jun;23(3):233-246, Health affairs
— id: 72474, year: 2004, vol: 23, page: 233, stat: Journal Article,

Voices unheard: barriers to expressing dissatisfaction to health plans
Schlesinger, Mark; Mitchell, Shannon; Elbel, Brian
2002 ;80(4):'770'-'772', Milbank quarterly
— id: 72475, year: 2002, vol: 80, page: '770', stat: Journal Article,