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Evan V. Goldstein

Evan V. Goldstein, PhD, MPP

Languages spoken: English

Academic Information

Departments Primary - Population Health Sciences

Research Interests

  • Firearms
  • Health Policy
  • Health Services Research
  • Suicide
  • Health Disparities
  • Social Determinants of Health

Evan V. Goldstein is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine. Evan joined the University of Utah in 2021 through the Transformative Excellence Program in Health Policy and Health Economics. His research and commentary have been published in Health Affairs, Health Affairs Scholar, Health Affairs Forefront, Psychiatric Services, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Medical Care, BMJ Open, and other high-impact journals. Evan has received funding for his research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research. In addition to his research, Evan is passionate about teaching at the University of Utah, and he was a member of the 2022-2023 VPCAT Research Scholars Program. In a previous career, Evan was an administrator in community health care settings, overseeing community engagement, government affairs, and non-clinical program operations for a Federally Qualified Health Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Evan has an undergraduate degree (Phi Beta Kappa) in economics and psychology from Tulane University; a Master of Public Policy degree from Queens’ College, Cambridge University; and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

Research Statement

Evan is a health policy researcher and population health scientist. Much of Evan’s research focuses on the effects of public policy and socioeconomic factors on suicide death – especially suicide deaths involving firearms – in communities that are underserved and underrepresented in the academic literature. However, his research broadly focuses on the intersection of public policy, access to health care, and population health disparities.

Education History

Certification Harvard Business School Online
Ohio State University
Graduate Training University of Cambridge, Queens’ College
Tulane University

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Brenes F, Goldstein EV, Sarduy EL, Lazarus R, Fernandez G, Henriquez F, Asgarali D (2024). Botánicas Function as Health Care Safety Nets Among Hispanic American Immigrants: A Brief Report. Hisp Health Care Int, 15404153241247261. (Read full article)
  2. Tharp D, Goldstein EV, Medina RM, Brewer SC, Bakian AV, Coon H (2024). Latina/o/x Suicide Decedents Less Likely to Die By Firearm in Rural Utah: Examining Population-Wide Data from the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner. Front Public Health, 12(1).
  3. Prater L, Bulger E, Maier RV, Goldstein EV, Thomas P, Russo J, Wang J, Engstrom A, Abu K, Whiteside L, Knutzen T, Iles-Shih M, Heagerty P, Zatzick D (2023). Emergency Department and Inpatient Utilization Reductions and Cost Savings Associated with Trauma Center Mental Health Intervention: Results from a 5-year Longitudinal Randomized Clinical Trial Analysis. Ann Surg, 279(1). (Read full article)
  4. Jasperson RA, Sullivan E, Goldstein EV (2023). Employee attitudes toward suicide prevention and Counseling on Access to Lethal Means: initial findings from an academic medical center implementing the Zero Suicide framework. Front Public Health, 11, 1268300. (Read full article)
  5. Zhou W, Prater LC, Goldstein EV, Mooney SJ (2023). Identifying Rare Circumstances Preceding Female Firearm Suicides: Validating A Large Language Model Approach. JMIR Ment Health, 10, e49359. (Read full article)
  6. Sharareh N, Bybee S, Goldstein EV, Jones S, Hess R, Wallace A, Seligman H, Wilson F (2023). Disparities in Food Insecurity between Sexual Minority and Heterosexual Adults-A Higher Burden on Bisexual Individuals. Frontiers in Public Health, 11.
  7. Goldstein EVMooney SJTakagi-Stewart JAgnew BFMorgan ERHaviland MJZhou WPrater LC (2023). Characterizing Female Firearm Suicide Circumstances: A Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning Approach. Am J Prev Med, 65(2), 278-285. (Read full article)
  8. Goldstein EV, Brenes F, Wilson FA (2023). Critical Gaps in Understanding Firearm Suicide in Hispanic Communities: Demographics, Mental Health, and Access to Care. Health Aff Sch, 1(1).
  9. Goldstein EV, Bailey EV, Wilson FA (2023). Poverty and Suicidal Ideation Among Hispanic Mental Health Care Patients Leading up to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Hisp Health Care Int. (Read full article)
  10. Goldstein EV, Bailey EV, Wilson FA (2022). Discrimination and Suicidality Among Hispanic Mental Health Patients, 2010-2020: A Natural Language Processing Approach. Psychiatr Serv, 73(11), 1313-1314. (Read full article)
  11. Goldstein EV, Wilson FA (2022). Hispanic Immigrants and Suicide: Overcoming Data Challenges in an Anti-immigrant Climate. AJPM Focus, 1(2), 100038. (Read full article)
  12. Goldstein EV, Wilson FA (2022). A Machine Learning Approach to Predicting Higher COVID-19 Care Burden in the Primary Care Safety Net: Hispanic Patient Population Size a Key Factor. Health Serv Res Manag Epidemiol, 9(1), 1-5. (Read full article)
  13. Krull H, Farmer CM, Rennane S, Goldstein E, Armour P, Ruder T (2022). Trends in Department of Defense Disability Evaluation System Ratings and Awards for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury, 2002-2017. Rand Health Q, 9(3), 22. (Read full article)
  14. Goldstein EV, Prater LC (2022). Examining the policy effects of Arizona's 2016 pre-emption law on firearm suicide rates in the greater Tucson area: an observational study. BMJ Open, 12(5), e058196. (Read full article)
  15. Goldstein EV, Prater LC, Wickizer TM (2021). Preventing Adolescent and Young Adult Suicide: Do States With Greater Mental Health Treatment Capacity Have Lower Suicide Rates? J Adolesc Health, 70, 83-90. (Read full article)
  16. Goldstein EV (2021). Examining the Relationship Between COVID-19 Prevalence and Depression Care at Community Health Centers: Assessing 2020 Data. Psychiatr Serv, 73, appips202100478. (Read full article)
  17. Benitez J, Williams T, Goldstein E, Seiber EE (2021). The Relationship Between Unemployment and Health Insurance Coverage: Before and After the Affordable Care Act's Coverage Expansions. Med Care, 59(9), 768-777. (Read full article)
  18. Goldstein EV (2021). Community Health Centers Maintained Initial Increases in Medicaid Covered Adult Patients at 5-Years Post-Medicaid-Expansion. Inquiry, 58.
  19. Kranz AM, Opper IM, Estrada-Darley I, Goldstein E, Stein BD, Dick AW (2022). Outcomes Associated With State Policies Enabling Provision of Oral Health Services in Medical Offices Among Medicaid-enrolled Children. Med Care, 59(6), 513-518. (Read full article)
  20. Goldstein EV, Dick AW, Ross R, Stein BD, Kranz AM (2021). Impact of state-level training requirements for medical providers on receipt of preventive oral health services for young children enrolled in Medicaid. J Public Health Dent. (Read full article)
  21. Bose-Brill S, Prater L, Goldstein EV, Xu W, Moss KO, Retchin SM, White S (2020). Primary Care Physician and Beneficiary Characteristics Associated With Billing for Advance Care Planning. J Am Geriatr Soc, 68(5), 1108-1110. (Read full article)
  22. Goldstein EV, Prater LC, Bose-Brill S, Wickizer TM (2019). The Firearm Suicide Crisis: Physicians Can Make a Difference. Ann Fam Med, 18(3), 265-268. (Read full article)
  23. Goldstein EV, Prater LC, Wickizer TM (2019). Behavioral Health Care And Firearm Suicide: Do States With Greater Treatment Capacity Have Lower Suicide Rates? Health Aff (Millwood), 38(10), 1711-1718. (Read full article)
  24. Seiber EE, Goldstein EV (2019). Disappearing Medicaid Enrollment Disparities for US Citizen Children in Immigrant Families: State-Level Trends from 2008 to 2015. Acad Pediatr, 19(3), 333-341. (Read full article)
  25. Goldstein EV (2018). Sophistry in American medicine? Platonic reflections on expertise, influence and the public's health in the democratic context. Med Humanit, 45(1), 45-51. (Read full article)
  26. Goldstein EV, Cai J, Liu A (2018). Marketplace Coverage and Limited Access to Care Among Employed Beneficiaries? Evidence From Ohio. Health Serv Insights, 11, 1178632918790880. (Read full article)
  27. Goldstein EV (2017). Integrating Mental and Physical Health Care for Low-Income Americans: Assessing a Federal Program's Initial Impact on Access and Cost. Healthcare (Basel), 5(3). (Read full article)


  1. Krull H, Farmer CM, Rennane S, Goldstein EV, Armour P, Ruder T (2021). Trends in Department of Defense Disability Evaluation System Ratings and Awards for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury, 2002–2017. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation.


  1. Goldstein EV, Prater LC (2023). Firearm Violence And Policy: Inertia To Activation. Health Affairs Forefront.


  1. Krull H, Farmer CM, Simmons MM, Rennane S, Cherney S, Armour P, Goldstein EV, Ruder T (2021). Post 9/11 Trends in Medical Separation and Separation for Service Members with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation.