Joel Cantor

Dr. Joel Cantor
Research Affiliate

Joel Cantor is a Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and the founding Director of the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  Dr. Cantor is a widely published scholar on effects of health insurance regulatory policy and innovative health service delivery and policy strategies for the Medicaid program.   His current research is addressing the contribution of homelessness to healthcare disparities and the potential of supportive housing for mitigating those disparities.  He serves frequently as an advisor on health policy matters to New Jersey state government and is recipient of the Rutgers University President’s award for Research in Service to New Jersey.  In 2019, Dr. Cantor was elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance.  Prior to joining Rutgers in 1999, Dr. Cantor was director of research at the United Hospital Fund of New York and director of evaluation research at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  He earned his doctorate in health policy and management from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health.