Joel Cantor

Joel Cantor, Sc.D.

Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and
Director, Center for State Health Policy

B.A., University of Wisconsin; Sc.D., Johns Hopkins University


Contact Information

Center for State Health Policy

112 Paterson St, 5th floor

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Phone (848) 932-4653

Fax (732) 932-0069



Research Interests

  • Health care financing and delivery
  • Health care policy
  • Access to health services by low-income populations




Publications and Activities

  • Cantor JC, DeLia D, Tiedemann A, Stanley A and Kronebusch K. “Reducing Racial Disparities in Coronary Angiography.” Health Affairs (Millwood), 28(5): 1521-1531, 2009.
  • Cantor JC, Brownlee S, Zukin C and Boyle J. “Implications of the Growing Use of Wireless Telephones for Health Care Opinion Polls.” Health Services Research, 44(5): 1762-1772, 2009.
  • DeLia D, Cantor JC, Tiedemann A and Huang C. “Effects of Regulation and Competition on Healthcare Disparities: The Case of Cardiac Angiography in New Jersey.” Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 34(1): 63-91, 2009.
  • Silberberg M and Cantor JC. “Making the Case for School-Based Health: Where Do We Stand?” Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 33(1): 3-37, 2008.
  • Stanley A, Cantor J.C. and Guarnaccia P. “Holes in the Safety Net: A Case Study of Access to Prescription Drugs and Specialty Care.” Journal of Urban Health, 85(4): 555-571, 2008.
  • Vogel TR, Cantor J.C., Dombrovskiy VY, Haser PB and Graham AM. “AAA Repair: Sociodemographic Disparities in Management and Outcomes.” Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 42(6): 555-560, 2008.
  • Billings J and Cantor J.C.. “Access to Care.” In Jonas and Kovner’s Health Care Delivery in the United States, 9th Ed, Kovner AR and Knickman JR (eds). New York: Springer, 2008. pp. 444-476.
  • Cantor J.C., Monheit AC, Brownlee S and Schneider C. “The Adequacy of Household Survey Data for Evaluating the Non-Group Health Insurance Market.” Health Services Research, 42(4): 1739-1757, 2007.
  • Macon T, Miller JE, Gaboda G, Simpson T and Cantor J.C.. “Is There Differential Retention of Children with Special Health Care Needs in the State Children's Health Insurance Program?” Pediatrics, 120(5): e1217-e1224, 2007.
  • Stanley A, DeLia D and Cantor J.C.. “Racial Disparity and Technology Diffusion: The Case of Cardioverter Defibrillator Implants, 1996-2003.” Journal of the National Medical Association, 99(3): 201-207, 2007.
  • Steinberg MB, Alvarez MS, Delnevo CD, Kaufman I and Cantor J.C. “Disparity of Physicians’ Utilization of Tobacco Treatment Services.” American Journal of Health Behavior, 40(4): 275-386, 2006.
  • Cantor, J.C. (2006) “State Health Policy,” in C. van Horn, ed., The State of the States, CQ Press, Washington, DC.
  • Monheit, A.C., and J.C. Cantor, eds. (2004) State Health Insurance Market Reform: Toward Inclusive and Sustainable Health Insurance Markets. Routledge Press, London.
  • Phillips, J.A., J.E. Miller, J.C. Cantor, and D. Gaboda (2004) “Context or Composition: What Explains Variation in SCHIP Disenrollment?” Health Services Research. 39:4, 865-885.
  • Monheit, A.C., J.C. Cantor, M. Koller, and K. Fox (2004) “Community Rating and Sustainable Individual Health Insurance Markets: Trends in the New Jersey Individual Health Coverage Program.” Health Affairs, 23:4, 167-175.
  • Cantor, J.C.; J. Blustein; M.J. Carlson; D.A. Gould. “Next-of-Kin Perceptions of Physician Responsiveness to Symptoms of Hospitalized Patients Near Death” Journal of Palliative Medicine, 6:4 (August 2003), 231-541.
  • Hoover, D.R.; S. Crystal; R. Kumar; U. Sambamoorthi; J.C. Cantor. “Medical Expenditures During the Last Year on Life: Findings from the 1992-96 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey.” Health Services Research, 37:6 (December 2002), 1625-1642.
  • DeLia, D.; J.C. Cantor; E. Duck. “Productivity versus Training in Primary Care: Analysis of Hospitals and Health Centers in New York City,” Inquiry, 39:3 (Fall 2002), 314-326.
  • Cantor, J.C., L. Bergeisen, L.C. Baker (1998) “Effect of an Intensive Education Program for Minority College Students and Recent Graduates on the Probability of Acceptance to Medical School.” Journal of the American Medical Association, 280:9, 772-776.



Joel C. Cantor is the Director of the Center for State Health Policy and Professor of Public Policy at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Dr. Cantor’s research focuses on issues of health care regulation, financing, and delivery. His recent work includes studies of health insurance market regulation, state health system performance, and access to care for low-income and minority populations. Dr. Cantor has published widely on health policy topics, and is a member of the editorial board of the policy journal Inquiry. Dr. Cantor serves frequently as an advisor on health policy matters to the New Jersey state government where he is currently a member of the Commission on Rationalizing New Jersey's Health Care Resources and chair of the New Jersey Mandated Health Benefit Advisory Commission. Dr. Cantor is the 2006 recipient of the Rutgers University President's Award for Research in Service to New Jersey. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty. Dr. Cantor served as director of research at the United Hospital Fund of New York and director of evaluation research at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He received his doctorate in health policy and management from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1988, and was elected a Fellow of the AcademyHealth (formerly the Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy) in 1996.


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