Jayani Jayawardhana, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: R.C. Wilson, Rm 260H   
Voice: 706-542-4305
Fax: 706-542-5228


Ph.D. Economics, University of Virginia

M.A. Economics, University of Virginia

B.A. Economics and Mathematics, Agnes Scott College

Research Interests

  • Health Economics
  • Health Policy
  • Pharmaceutical Economics 
  • Industrial Organization  

Grant Support

Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Title: Opiod Prescribing in Medicaid: Healthcare Utilization and Deaths from Overdose
Dates: 04/2016-02/2019
Funding Agency: NIH/NIDA- R01DA0339930
Funding: $675,000 

Role: Principle Investigator
Utilization of Medical Imaging Services by Magnet and non-Magnet Hospitals: Impact on Healthcare Costs
Date: 01/01/15-12/31/15
Funding Agency:
American College of Radiology/Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute

Of Note

2013-2015 Lilly Teaching Fellowship, Center for Teaching and Learning,UGA

2013-2015 Research Mentoring Fellow, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research, UGA 


Selected Publications

Emerson, K.G., I. Boggero, G.V. Ostir, & J. Jayawardhana. (In Press) "Pain as a Risk Factor for Loneliness among Older Adults", Journal of Aging and Health

Abraham, A.J., G. Bagwell-Adams, & J. Jayawardhana. (2017) "Availability of Tobacco Cessation Services in Substance Use Disorder Treatment Programs: Impact of State Tobacco Control Policy", Addictive Behaviors. 71, 12-17

Shah, S., H. Wei, J. Jayawardhana, M. Perri, E. Cobran, & H. Young. (2017) "Cost utility analysis of Methylphenidate and Amphetamine/Dexamphetamine in adults with Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)", Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research. 8(2), 101-106.

Abraham, A.J., T.R. Rieckmann, C.A. Andrews, & J. Jayawardhana. (2016) “Health Insurance Enrollment and Availability of Medications for Substance Use Disorders,”Psychiatric Services. Published online August 15, 2016; http://dx.doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201500470.

Gerst-Emerson, K. & J. Jayawardhana. (2016) “Risk Factors for Loneliness in Elderly Adults,” Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 64(4), 886-887.

Jayawardhana, J., & J. Welton. (2015) "Diagnostic Imaging Services in Magnet and non-Magnet Hospitals: Trends in Utilization and Costs" Journal of the American College of Radiology, 12(12B), 1357–1363.

Gerst-Emerson, K. & J. Jayawardhana. (2015) “Loneliness as a Public Health Issue: The Impact of Loneliness on Health Care Utilization among Older Adults” American Journal of Public Health, 105(5), 1013-1019.

Jayawardhana, J., W.D. Bradford, W. Jones, P. Nietert, & G. Silvestri (2014) “Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) Spending and Tobacco Control Efforts”, PLOS ONE, 9(12), e114706. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0114706
Jayawardhana, J., J. Welton, & R.C. Lindrooth. (2014) “Is there a Business Case for Magnet Hospitals? Estimates of the Cost and Revenue Implications of Becoming a Magnet”, Medical Care, 52(5), 400-406.

Jayawardhana, J. (2013)  “Direct-to-Consumer  Advertising and Consumer  Welfare”,International Journal of Industrial Organization, 31(2), 164-180.

Sheidow, A., J. Jayawardhana, W.D. Bradford, S. Henggeler, & S. Shapiro (2012) “Money matters: Cost Effectiveness of Juvenile Drug Court with and without Evidence- based Treatments”, Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 21(1), 69-90.

Jayawardhana, J., J. Welton, & R.C. Lindrooth (2011) “Adoption of NQF Safe Practices by Magnet Hospitals”, Journal of Nursing Administration, 41(9), 350-356.

Jayawardhana, J. & R.C. Lindrooth (2009) “Adverse Selection”, Encyclopedia of Health Services Research, Sage Publications Inc.