Dr. Alice L. Kassens

John S. Shannon Professor of Economics
Department: Business Admin. & Economics
Office: 234 Francis T. West Hall
Phone: 375-2428

kassens@roanoke.edu

Degrees:

  • Ph.D. North Carolina State University, 2005 (Economics)
  • B.A. The College of William and Mary, 1998 (Economics, History)

Course List

Homepage:

http://kassensroanokeecon.blogspot.com

Research & Teaching Interests:

Health Economics, Labor Economics, Econometrics

Scholarly Activities:

Presentations & Panels

  • September 2011, Roanoke College Student/Faculty Showcase of Research and Creativity (Roanoke, VA), “The Effects of Clinical Depression on the Labor Market Outcomes of Young Adults”
  • April 2011, Keynote Speech, Torch Club Dinner (Roanoke, VA), “The Costs and Consequences of the Health Care Bill”
  • March 2011, Virginia Economics Association Annual Meeting (Richmond, VA), “The Effects of Clinical Depression on Labor Market Outcomes of Young Adults” with Dr. William M. Rodgers III
  • June 2010, American Society of Health Economists Annual Meeting (Ithaca, NY), “The Effects of Clinical Depression on the Labor Market Outcomes of Young Adults” with Dr. William M. Rodgers III
  • November 2009, Southern Economic Association Annual Meeting (San Antonio, TX), "Clinical Depression and Labor Market Outcomes."
  • November 2009, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Fall Meeting (Washington, D.C.), "Clinical Depression and Labor Market Outcomes."
  • March 2009, Virginia Association of Economists (Richmond, VA), "What Does Not Kill Me Makes Me Thinner?"
  • June 2008, North American Clinical Dermatologic Society Annual Meeting (Dublin, Ireland), "Obesity, Psoriasis, NAFLD, NASH, and TNFa," with Dr. Catherine Healy Kassens, M.D.
  • April 2008, Roanoke College Elderscholar Series (Salem, VA), "Changing Perceptions and Waistlines: A Behavioral Approach."
  • March 2008, Virginia Association of Economists Annual Meeting (Lexington, VA), "The Wilford Brimley Effect: Diet and Exercise Take on Medicare, Moral Hazard, and the Oatmeal Guy in the Fight Against Type II Diabetes."
  • March 2007, Virginia Association of Economists Annual Meeting (Richmond, VA), "Determinants of Student Performance in the Principles Courses" (with Dr. Garry Fleming)
  • April 2006, Virginia Association of Economists Annual Meeting (Williamsburg, VA), "Do the Obese Respond to Adverse Health Events?: A Behavioral Approach"
  • March 2005, North American Clinical Dermatologic Society Annual Meeting (Taormina, Sicily), "Are patients with skin tags at an increased risk of having colon polyps as compared to those without tags?" (with Dr. Catherine Healy Kassens, Dr. William D. Kassens, Jr., and Catherine Helen Kassens)

Radio, Television, Internet and Newspaper

  • Point Counterpoint w/ Dr. Ellerbrock (VT). (2012, January 1) The Roanoke Times, p. H5
  • November 2011, News 7 (Roanoke), Black Friday Brings Big Bucks to Retailers
  • June 2011, WVTF w/ Fred Echols, on effect of depression and labor market outcomes
  • First, improve our health [Editorial]. (2009, February 18) The Roanoke Times, p. A19.
  • No universal cure for health system [Editorial]. (2008, September 28) The Roanoke Times, p. H3.

Awards and Grants

  • 2012-2015 Faculty Scholar Award
  • 2011-2012 VFIC Mednick Memorial Fellowship
  • Summer 2011 Visiting Scholar in Residence, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University
  • Summer 2010 Visiting Scholar in Residence, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University

Professional Membership
American Economic Association, American Society of Health Economists, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, International Health Economics Association, Southern Economic Association, Virginia Association of Economists

Elected Board Membership
2008-present, Virginia Association of Economists

Books:

  • Changing Perceptions and Waistlines: A Bayesian and Behavioral Approach, (2007) Saarbrucken: VDM Publishing House.

Recent Publications:

Peer Reviewed Journals

  • "The Wilford Brimley Effect: Diet and Exercise Take on Medicare, Moral Hazard, and the Oatmeal Guy in the Fight Against Type II Diabetes," Virginia Economic Journal, 2008, Volume 13, forthcoming.
  • "Predicting Gen Y's Performance in Principles of Economics Courses," (2007) (with Dr. Garry Fleming), Virginia Economic Journal, Volume 12, 1-22.

Published Supplemental Materials

  • PowerPoint Presentations to accompany Rudiger Dornbusch, Stanley Fischer, and Richard Startz (2011), Macroeconomics, 11th edition, Chicago: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.
  • PowerPoint presentations to accompany Rudiger Dornbusch, Stanley Fischer, and Richard Startz (2007), Macroeconomics, 10th edition, Chicago: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.
  • Test bank to accompany Douglas Bernheim and Michael D. Whinston (2009), Microeconomics 1e, Chicago: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.

Work under review

  • Do as I say and as I do: An application of the Mentor Demonstration Model (January 2012)

Service:

College

  • 2011-present Faculty Advisory Committee
  • 2010-present Academic Assessment Committee, Social Science Member (Chair)
  • 2009-present Academic Integrity Council, Member
  • 2006-present Faculty Development Committee, Social Science Alternate
  • Spring 2006 General Education Group++, Winnowing Committee
  • Fall 2005 General Education Group++, Objectives Group

Departmental

  • Assessment Coordinator, Economics
  • 2007-present BUAD Admissions Committee

Available as a Media resource for the following topics:

Labor market, unemployment, obesity, health care, health care reform, discrimination, clinical depression and labor market outcomes, consumer sentiment

Willing to speak to professional, social or civic groups on:

Labor market, unemployment, obesity, health care, health care reform, discrimination, clinical depression and labor market outcomes, consumer sentiment