Elizabeth A. Carter, PhD, MPH

Senior Advisor, Health Services Research

Areas of Expertise

Public health, primary care, preventive services, low-value medical care, and evidence-based medicine


Elizabeth Carter conducts health services and health policy research as a member of the Health Security Team in AARP's Public Policy Institute. Dr. Carter's research focuses on health and policy issues affecting older adults, from the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases and their complications, to health care quality and cost. She has extensive experience designing clinical and epidemiological studies and conducting statistical analyses on large-scale datasets, including insurance claims data.

Before joining PPI in 2014, Elizabeth was a principal investigator on a National Institutes of Health–funded grant at Children’s National Health System and an assistant professor of biostatistics and epidemiology at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

Elizabeth received a bachelor’s degree in human biology from Stanford University and master’s and PhD degrees in epidemiology from the Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Selected Publications

Webman RB, Carter EA, Mittal S, Wang J, Sathya C, Nathens AB, Nance ML, Madigan D, Burd RS. Association Between Trauma Center Type and Mortality Among Injured Adolescent Patients. JAMA Pediatrics. 2016 Aug 1;170(8):780-6. 

Carter EA, Waterhouse LJ, Xiao R, Burd RS. Use of payer as a proxy for health insurance status on admission results in misclassification of insurance status among pediatric trauma patients. Am Surg. 2016 Feb;82(2):146-51.

Purvis L, Carter E, Morin P. “Impact of the Medicare Hospital Readmission Reduction Program on hospital readmissions following joint replacement surgery.” AARP Public Policy Institute, Insight on the Issues 107, October 2015.

Carter EA, Waterhouse LJ, Kovler ML, Fritzeen J, Burd RS. Adherence to ATLS primary and secondary surveys during pediatric trauma resuscitation. Resuscitation. 2013 Jan;84(1):66-71.

Calhoun D, Beals J, Carter EA, Mete M, Welty TK, Fabsitz RR, Lee ET, Howard BV. Relationship between glycemic control and depression among American Indians in the Strong Heart Study. J Diabetes Complications. 2010 Jul-Aug;24(4):217-22.


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