Samantha Marinello, PHD, MS
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Health Policy and Administration
Dr. Samantha (Sam) Marinello 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.
Currently, Sam is working on a U.S. Food Policy Evaluation project assessing local, state, and federal policies that aim to improve population nutrition by altering food environments and changing dietary behavior. During her PhD program, she has worked on a large-scale project evaluating sugar-sweetened beverage taxes in the U.S. . Her dissertation research examines the health impacts of commercial recreational cannabis 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.
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.
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
Association for Public Policy and Management
American Public Health Association
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.