Anton L.V. Avanceña, Ph.D.

Dr. Anton Avancena wearing a suit jacket and glasses and smiling.

Assistant Professor of Health Outcomes

Anton Avanceña (he, him) is a decision scientist and health policy researcher who aims to improve value and equity in health globally. Anton's main area of research involves understanding and addressing the health, economic, and social consequences of mental and behavioral conditions such as alcohol misuse, substance use disorders, depression, and PTSD. Anton is especially focused on evaluating the costs, benefits, cost-effectiveness, and equity impacts of new and existing treatments, pharmacotherapies, and population-level interventions through real-world data analysis, simulation modeling, and economic evaluation. Aside from mental and behavioral health, Anton also conducts research in other clinical areas such as pediatrics, oncology, and infectious diseases, among others.

Methodologically, Anton is interested in developing decision-analytic methods that advance a justice-oriented definition of value in health. He is a founding member and chair (2023-2024) of the Health Equity Research Special Interest Group at ISPOR and has presented his work on equity-informative methods at the Society for Medical Decision Making, AcademyHealth, and the International Health Economics Association where he also serves on various committees.

At the University of Texas at Austin, Anton holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine and is an affiliate of the Center for Psychedelic Research & Therapy at the Dell Medical School. Anton is also a faculty affiliate of the Addiction Research Institute at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work.

Anton received his Ph.D. in health services organization and policy from the University of Michigan where he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar. He received his undergraduate and graduate training in public health from the University of California, San Francisco and Santa Clara University.

Ph.D., University of Michigan
M.S., University of California, San Francisco
B.S., Santa Clara University

Research Profile
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Selected Recent Publications
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CORE Research Area: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

Perroud JM, Soldano S*, Avanceña ALV, Wagner A. Adult vaccination uptake strategies in low- and middle- income countries: a systematic review. Vaccine. 2022;40(36):5313-5321.

Avanceña ALV, Miller N*, Kim DeLuca E, Iott B, Mauri A, Eisenberg D, Hutton DW. The potential impact on mortality of income support policies in the US: a modeling study. JAMA Health Forum. 2022;3(6):e221537. doi: 10.1001/jamahealthforum.2022.1537

Avanceña ALV, Kim DeLuca E, Iott B, Mauri A, Miller N*, Eisenberg D, Hutton DW. Income and income inequality are a matter of life and death. What can policymakers do about it? American Journal of Public Health. 2021;111(8):1409-1412. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2021.306301

Avanceña ALV, Tejano KPS, Hutton DW. Cost-effectiveness of deploying physicians to underserved and rural areas in the Philippines. BMJ Open. 2019;9(12):e033455. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-033455

CORE Research Area: Healthcare Systems Research

Cliff BQ, Avanceña ALV, Hirth R, Lee S-YD. The impact of Choosing Wisely interventions on unnecessary medical services: a systematic review. Milbank Quarterly 2021;99(4):1024-105. doi: 10.1111/1468-0009.12531

Avanceña ALV, Hutton DW. Optimization models for HIV/AIDS resource allocation: a systematic review. Value in Health. 2020;23(11):1509-1521. doi: 10.1016/j.jval.2020.08.001

Barton I, Avanceña ALV, Gounden N, Anupindi R. Unintended consequences and hidden obstacles in medicine access in Sub-Saharan Africa. Frontiers in Public Health. 2019;7:342. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2019.00342

Sekhri Feachem N, Afshar A, Pruett C, Avanceña ALV. Mapping healthcare systems: a policy relevant analytic tool. International Health. 2017;9:252-262. doi: 10.1093/inthealth/ihx005

CORE Research Area: Health Economics and Outcomes Research

Heng, JH*, Han, S, Park, C, Avanceña ALV. Association between alcohol use disorder and hospital readmission rates and outcomes in cancer survivors: a population cohort study. J Natl Compr Canc Netw, in press

Avanceña ALV, Miller A, Canana N, Dula J, Cadrinho B, Maffiolo E. Achieving malaria testing and treatment targets for children under five in Mozambique: a cost-effective analysis. Malaria J 2022;21:320.

Avanceña ALV, Kahn JG, Marseille E. The costs and health benefits of expanded access to MDMA-assisted therapy for chronic and severe PTSD in the US: a modeling study. Clinical Drug Investigation. 2022;42(3):243-252. doi: 10.1007/s40261-022-01122-0

Avanceña ALV, Prosser LA. Innovations in cost-effectiveness analysis that advance equity can expand its use in health policy. BMJ Global Health. 2022;7:e008140. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2021-008140

Avanceña ALV, Miller N*, Uttal S, Hutton DW, Mellinger J. Cost-effectiveness of alcohol use treatments among patients with compensated cirrhosis. Journal of Hepatology. 2021;74(6):1286-1294. doi: 10.1016/j.jhep.2020.12.004



Significant/Recent Activities

National and International Service Activities

Member, Diversity, Anti-racism, and Transformation Team, Society for Medical Decision Making

Member, Career Development Committee, Society for Medical Decision Making

Member, Membership Committee, AcademyHealth

Member, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Promotion & Monitoring Group, International Health Economics Association

Member Engagement Co-Chair, Health Equity Research Special Interest Group, ISPOR

Member, Organizing Committee, Annual Global Health Supply Chain Summit

Contact Information
Campus location:
PHR 3.210A

US Mail Address: 
2409 University Avenue, STOP A1930
Austin, TX 78712-1120

FEDEX Address:
2409 University Avenue, PHR 3.210B
Austin, TX 78712