He has an educational background in physics and engineering. After receiving his PhD in statistical and applied mathematics, he spent 4 years at a research and consulting firm conducting policy evaluations for federal health agencies.
Austin is now the Director of the Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center (PEPReC) at the Boston VA Healthcare System, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He is also an Associate Professor with the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management at Boston University’s School of Public Health. In addition, he is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Austin is a Senior Associate Editor for Health Services Research and serves on the editorial board of The American Journal of Managed Care. He is also a member of the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council.
Austin has authored numerous peer-reviewed, scholarly publications, many relevant to health care financing, economics, and policy.
In addition to regular contributions to The New York Times’ The Upshot, he writes for the JAMA Forum.