Sapna Kaul, PhD

Research Interests

  • Health Economics
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Health Services
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Stated Preference Methods
  • Meta-Analysis


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Pediatrics - Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Divisions: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Academic Office Information

  • 801-213-5660
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute
    2000 Circle of Hope, Room: 4123
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Academic Bio

Sapna Kaul, Ph.D., MA, is a visiting instructor with a specialization in health economics. She completed her doctoral degree in economics from Virginia Tech in 2013 and received a pre-doctoral fellowship at Arizona State University. Prior to the visiting instructor position, Dr. Kaul worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the University of Utah.

Dr. Kaul’s interests range from analyzing cancer-related health care costs using complex registry and statewide data, to examining individual health care behaviors using stated preference survey research (e.g., contingent valuation and willingness to pay). She has expertise in conducting robust meta-analyses. Although her primary research area is health economics, she has additional expertise in environmental economics and applied econometrics. Dr. Kaul has published papers on the benefit transfer method, which is one of the most commonly used methods for conducting environmental regulatory impact analyses by the federal agencies in the United States. Additionally, her research focuses heavily on empirical analyses using sophisticated statistical and econometric tools.

Education History

Type School Degree
Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Utah and Huntsman Cancer Institute
Health Economics
Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Training Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Health and Environmental Economics
Fellowship Arizona State University, Center for Environmental Economics and Sustainable Policy
Environmental Economics
Predoctoral Fellow
Graduate Training Jamia Millia Islamia
Undergraduate University of Delhi
B.A. (Hons)

Global Impact

Education History

Type School Degree Country
Graduate Training Jamia Millia Islamia
M.A. India
Undergraduate University of Delhi
B.A. (Hons) India

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Kaul S, Boyle KJ, Pope JC, Parmeter CF, Kuminoff NV (2013). What Can We Learn From Benefit Transfer Errors? Evidence from 20 Years of Research on Convergent Validity. J Environ Econ Manage, 66(1), 90-104.
  2. Nam G, Kaul S, Wu Y, Nelson R, Fluchel M, Wright J, Kirchhoff A (In Review). A Meta-Analysis of Body Mass Index of Adolescent and Adult Survivors of Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. J Cancer Surviv.
  3. Kaul S, Kirchhoff A, Vogelli C, Morden N, Campbell E (In Review). Physician Response to Patient Request for Low Value Care. Am J Manag Care.
  4. Kaul, S, K Boyle, W You (In Press). Determinants and Impacts of Location of Childbirth in a Developing Country. J Womens Health Care.

Book Chapter

  1. Kaul S (2008). Consumption of Public Water for Domestic Use: An Exploratory Case Study of North Delhi. In M.S. Bhatt, S. Ashraf and A. Illiyan (Eds.), Problems and Prospects of Environment Policy–Indian Perspective. Delhi, India: Aakar Books.
  2. Boyle KJ, Parmeter CF, Kaul S (In Press). Meta-Analysis: Advances and New Perspectives. In R Johnston, J. Rolfe, R. Rosenberger and R. Brouwer (Eds.), Benefit Transfer of Environmental and Resource Values: A Handbook for Researchers and Practitioners. Springer.
  3. Boyle KJ, Kaul S, Hashemi A, Li X (In Press). Applicability of Benefit Transfers for Evaluation Of Homeland Security Counter-terrorism Measures. In C. Mansfeld and V.K. Smith (Eds.), Estimating the Benefits of Homeland Security Policies.