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Samantha Marinello, MS

PhD Candidate

Health Policy and Administration

About

Samantha (Sam) Marinello is a fifth year PhD Candidate in the Division of Health Policy and Administration. She has experience in policy evaluation, biostatistics, and econometrics. Her prior education includes an MS in Biostatistics from the University of Illinois Chicago and a BA in Mathematical Economics from Colorado College. She is interested in studying the effectiveness, differential impacts, and unintended consequences of public health policies that aim to improve health behaviors.

During her PhD program, she has worked on a large-scale project evaluating sugar-sweetened beverage taxes in the U.S. and has taken leadership as first author on four manuscripts. Her dissertation research examines the health impacts of commercial recreational marijuana markets as well as social media activity of recreational dispensaries.

Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Ms. Marinello worked as a healthcare management consultant and a research assistant for multiple NIH-funded studies. Additionally, she was a Teaching Assistant at the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods for a course on longitudinal data analysis.

Selected Publications

Marinello, S., Leider, J., & Powell, L. M. (2021). Employment impacts of the San Francisco sugar-sweetened beverage tax 2 years after implementation. PloS one, 16(6), e0252094.

Marinello, S., Pipito, A. A., Leider, J., Pugach, O., & Powell, L. M. (2020). Longer-term impacts of sugar-sweetened beverage taxes on fast-food prices: evidence from Oakland, California, 2-year post-tax. Public Health Nutrition: 1-5.

Marinello, S., Leider, J., Pugach, O., & Powell, L.M. (2020). The impact of the Philadelphia beverage tax on employment: a synthetic control analysis. Economics & Human Biology: 100939.

Marinello, S., Pipito, A. A., Leider, J., Pugach, O., & Powell, L. M. (2019). The Impact of the Oakland sugar-sweetened beverage tax on bottled soda and fountain drink prices in fast-food restaurants. Preventive Medicine Reports, 17: 101034. Poster presented at the Society for Behavioral Medicine 2019 Annual Meeting.

 

Education

University of Illinois Chicago, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Chicago, Illinois 2017
MS in Biostatistics

Colorado College, Department of Economics, Colorado Springs, Colorado 2011
BA Mathematical Economics

Professional Memberships

Association for Public Policy and Management

American Public Health Association

Selected Presentations

The impact of recreational marijuana markets on fatalities associated with marijuana use. Oral presentation at the Association for Public Policy and Management conference. 2022.

Analysis of social media compliance with marijuana advertising regulations: evidence from recreational dispensaries in Illinois one-year post-legalization. Oral presentation at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. 2021.

The impact of recreational marijuana markets on fatalities associated with marijuana use. Poster presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. 2021.

The Impact of the Oakland Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax on Bottled Soda and Fountain Drink Prices in Fast-Food Restaurants. Poster presentation at the Society for Behavioral Medicine. 2019.