Andra Wilkinson, PhD, MSPH, is a senior research scientist who examines systems, policies, and practices that support health equity, with a focus on behavioral health and maternal and child health. Dr. Wilkinson has over 15 years of experience in healthcare from the provider, insurer, and public health perspectives. Through this, she has built a strong skill set in quantitative analysis and data visualization.
Her recent work includes a multi-year evaluation of a prenatal-to-three system equity initiative, an examination of the long-term implications of prenatal opioid exposure for children, and mixed methods analyses of Medicaid’s potential role in expanding school-based behavioral health services.
Dr. Wilkinson’s research has been featured in the Washington Post and she is frequently an invited expert to panels and federal government agencies on school-based behavioral health services and Medicaid. Further, she is an invited member of the Research-to-Policy Collaborative, frequently sharing research with state and federal policymakers. Finally, Dr. Wilkinson is an adjunct assistant professor at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.