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Eric P. Slade
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Eric P. Slade Ph.D.

Academic Title: Associate Professor
Primary Appointment: Psychiatry
Administrative Title: Division Director, Psychiatric Services Research
Location: 737 W. Lombard St., Rm. 526
Phone: (410) 706-2490
Fax: (410) 706-0022

Personal History:

Eric Slade, Ph.D. is an economist who specializes in mental health services research. He is a research health scientist at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs VISN5 Capitol Healthcare Network Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center and an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. He is author or co-author of more than thirty studies of mental health services utilization, costs, and employment outcomes. He has served as principal investigator on several research projects funded by various sources including the National Institute of Mental Health, the NARSAD foundation, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. His research focuses on evaluating the economic and service system impacts of mental health services, using information from administrative databases, clinical trials, clinical records, and surveys. Recent examples of his research include an economic evaluation of the cost impacts of Assertive Community Treatment in the US Department of Veterans Affairs and a study of receipt of outpatient mental health services, primary care services, and medications following a psychiatric hospitalization among young adults in Medicaid. He also leads the economic evaluation components of a large clinical trial of persons with schizophrenia and PTSD and is responsible for developing cost assessment methods in two NIMH-sponsored research centers: the Center for Prevention and Early Intervention and the Center for Mental Health Services in Pediatric Primary Care. Eric Slade received his PhD in economics from Brown University in 1997 and he joined the University of Maryland, Department of Psychiatry in 2004, following eight years at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Research Interests:

Mental health economics and applied economic methods

Grant Support:

  • 2006-2008: Principal Investigator, "Access Criteria and The Cost of Mental Health Intensive Case Management," Department of Veterans Affairs, Total Cost: $430,000.
  • 2005-2010: Co-Investigator (PI: Weist), "School Mental Health Program and Policy Analysis Centers: Advancing Mental Health Services in Schools," Human Resources Services Administration and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Total Cost: $1,815,588
  • 2005-2008: Co-Investigator (PI: Rosenberg), "The STIRR Intervention for Dually Diagnosed Clients," National Institute of Mental Health, Total Cost: $776,000
  • 2004-2009: Co-Investigator (PI: Ialongo), “Center for Prevention and Early Intervention,” National Institute of Mental Health, Total Cost: $2,650,000
  • 2004-2006: Principal Investigator, “Elementary School Climate and Child Behavior Problems,” National Institute of Mental Health, Total Cost: $100,000


Slade EP and Salkever DS, Symptom Effects on Employment in a Structural Model of Mental Illness and Treatment: Analysis of Patients with Schizophrenia, Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics 4(1): 25-34, 2001.

Slade EP, Effects Of School-Based Mental Health Programs On Mental Health Service Use By Adolescents At School And In The Community, Mental Health Services Research 4(3): 151-166, 2002.

Slade EP, and Anderson G, Health Plan Options at Fortune 100 Companies: What Coverage Is Available for Consumers of Mental Health Care? Psychiatric Services 54(6): 815-817, June 2003.

Slade EP, The Relationship Between School Characteristics and The Availability of Mental Health Counseling and Related Health Services in Middle and High Schools in the U.S. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research 30(4): 382-392, 2003.

Salkever DS, Slade EP, Karakus M, Russo P, and Palmer L. Estimation of Antipsychotic Effects on Hospitalization Risk in a Naturalistic Study with Selection on Unobservables, Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 192(2): 119-128, 2004.

Slade EP, and Wissow LS, Spanking in Early Childhood and Later Behavior Problems: A Prospective Study of Infants and Young Toddlers, Pediatrics, 113(5): 1321-1330, 2004.

Slade EP, Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Parent Perception of Child Need for Mental Health Care Following School Disciplinary Events, Mental Health Services Research, 6(2): 75-92, 2004.

Slade EP, Salkever D, Rosenheck R, Swanson J, Swartz M, Shern D, Gallucci G, Harding C, Palmer L, Russo P, Hough R, Barrio C, Garcia P. Cost-Sharing Requirements and Access to Mental Health Care Among Medicare Enrollees With Schizophrenia, Psychiatric Services, 56(8): 960-966, 2005.

Slade EP, Wissow LS. The Influence of Childhood Maltreatment on Adolescents' Academic Performance, Economics of Education Review, 26(5):604-614, 2007.

Slade EP, Stuart EA, Salkever DS, Karakus M, Green K, Ialongo N. Impacts of Age of Onset of Substance Use Disorders on Risk of Adult Incarceration among Disadvantaged Urban Youth: A Propensity Score Matching Approach. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 95/1-2:1-13, 2008, DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2007.11.019

Slade EP, Dixon LB, Semmel S, Emergency Department Visits from 2001 to 2006: Trends in Visit Duration, Psychiatric Services, 61(9), 878-884, 2010, doi: 10.1176/

Slade EP, McCarthy JF, Valenstein M, Visnic S, Dixon LB. Cost savings from assertive community treatment services in an era of declining psychiatric inpatient use. Health Services Research, 2012, doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2012.01420.x

Slade EP, Rosenberg SD, Dixon LB, Goldberg RW, Wolford G, Himelhoch S, Tapscott S, Costs of a Public Health Intervention to Increase Receipt of Hepatitis Related Services among Persons with Serious Mental Illness, Psychiatric Services, 64:127-133, 2013; doi: 10.1176/; PMCID: PMC3637942

Valenstein M, McCarthy JF, Ganoczy D, Bowersox N, Dixon L, Miller R, Visnic S, Slade E, Assertive community treatment in Veterans Affairs settings: Impact on adherence to antipsychotic medication, Psychiatric Services, 64(5), 445-451, 2013; doi: 10.1176/

Slade EP, Wissow L, Davis M, Abrams M, Dixon LB. Medicaid lapses and low income young adultsâ?T receipt of outpatient mental health care after an inpatient stay. Psychiatric Services, In Press, June 19, 2013.

Davis M, Abrams M, Wissow L, Slade EP. Imminent Medicaid enrollment lapses after inpatient mental health treatment in emerging adults. Psychiatric Services, In Press, September 25, 2013.

Slade EP, Becker K. Understanding Proximal-Distal Economic Projections of the Benefits of Childhood Preventive Interventions. Prevention Science, In Press, November 8, 2013.