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Beth Carter, PhD, MPH

Senior Advisor

Areas of Expertise

Public health, epidemiology, evidence-based medicine, low-value services, health promotion, and disease prevention 



Beth 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, Beth 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.

Beth 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

Carter EA. Off-Label Antipsychotic Use in Older Adults with Dementia: Not Just a Nursing Home Problem. AARP Public Policy Institute Spotlight 32, April 2018. Available here.

Carter EA, Morin PE, Lind KD. Costs and Trends in Utilization of Low-value Services Among Older Adults With Commercial Insurance or Medicare Advantage. Medical Care. 2017 Nov;55(11):931-939. Available here.

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. Available here.

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. Available here.

Purvis L, Carter EA, 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. Available here.

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. Available here.

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