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Health Behavior, Society & Policy

Faculty Profile

  • Hillary Samples, PhD, MHS

  • Assistant Professor

  • Department of Health Behavior, Society and Policy


Health services; health policy; behavioral health; health care databases; population-level data; risk factors for behavioral health problems; prevention and treatment services; impact of policies; trends in health care delivery/utilization and outcomes; mental health and substance use; behavioral health care; health equity

Dr. Samples completed her graduate training at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She earned her PhD in Health Services Research and Policy from the Department of Health Policy and Management, her MHS from the Department of Mental Health, and a Certificate of Bioethics and Public Health Policy. Prior to joining Rutgers, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in substance use epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Research Highlights

Dr. Samples works with large health care databases as well as national surveys and population-level data to identify risk factors for behavioral health problems, analyze patterns of prevention and treatment services, and evaluate the impact of policies by assessing trends in health care delivery/utilization and outcomes. Her research broadly aims to advance knowledge of effective health services and policies to prevent adverse mental health and substance use outcomes, increase access to high quality behavioral health care, and improve equity for disadvantaged groups.

Select Publications
Mauro, P., Samples, H., Klein, K., Martins, S. (2020) "Discussing Drug Use With Health Care Providers Is Associated With Perceived Need and Receipt of Drug Treatment Among Adults in the United States: We Need to Talk.", Medical care Vol. 58

Samples, H., Stuart, E., Saloner, B., Barry, C., Mojtabai, R. (2020) "The Role of Screening in Depression Diagnosis and Treatment in a Representative Sample of US Primary Care Visits.", Journal of general internal medicine Vol. 35

Williams, A., Samples, H., Crystal, S., Olfson, M. (2020) "Acute Care, Prescription Opioid Use, and Overdose Following Discontinuation of Long-Term Buprenorphine Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder.", The American journal of psychiatry Vol. 177

Samples, H., Williams, A., Crystal, S., Olfson, M. (2020) "Impact Of Long-Term Buprenorphine Treatment On Adverse Health Care Outcomes In Medicaid.", Health affairs (Project Hope) Vol. 39

Samples, H., Stuart, E., Olfson, M. (2019) "Opioid Use and Misuse and Suicidal Behaviors in a Nationally Representative Sample of US Adults.", American journal of epidemiology Vol. 188

Huskamp, H., Samples, H., Hadland, S., McGinty, E., Gibson, T., Goldman, H., Busch, S., Stuart, E., Barry, C. (2018) "Mental Health Spending and Intensity of Service Use Among Individuals With Diagnoses of Eating Disorders Following Federal Parity.", Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.) Vol. 69

Bandara, S., Samples, H., Crum, R., Saloner, B. (2018) "Is screening and intervention associated with treatment receipt among individuals with alcohol use disorder? Evidence from a national survey.", Journal of substance abuse treatment Vol. 92

Samples, H., Bandara, S., Olfson, M., Saloner, B. (2018) "Tobacco Screening and Counseling in the U.S.: Smokers With Mental Health and Substance Use Problems.", American journal of preventive medicine Vol. 55

Samples, H., Williams, A., Olfson, M., Crystal, S. (2018) "Risk factors for discontinuation of buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorders in a multi-state sample of Medicaid enrollees.", Journal of substance abuse treatment Vol. 95