Robst, John, PhD

Robst, John, PhD


John Robst is a Research Associate Professor with the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy and Department of Economics at the University of South Florida, and a Research Associate with the Institute for Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany.  He received his MBA in Finance, M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Dr. Robst’s research interests include issues related to health economics and the economics of education and has recently focused on youth in out-of-home care.  He served as principal investigator for a study on the Effect of Medicaid Reform on Baker Acts and Criminal Justice Encounters and has been an investigator on projects funded by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, and Ortho-McNeil Janssen Scientific Affairs.  He has published numerous refereed articles in journals including the Journal of Child and Family Studies, Children and Youth Services Review, Community Mental Health, Residential Treatment for Children and Youth.   He has served as an Associate Editor for the Economics of Education Review and Research in Labor Economics.

Prior to coming to FMHI, Dr. Robst was at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). His research at CMS involved the development of payment systems for capitated programs covering managed care enrollees, beneficiaries with End-Stage Renal Disease, and enrollees in the Medicare prescription drug program. He also performed research on the determinants of Medigap supplemental insurance premiums and developed a geographic price index for Medicare managed care payments. 



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Recent Publications

Cai, A. & Robst, J. (in press). The relationship between race/ethnicity and the perceived experience of mental health care. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

Robst, J., Armstrong, M., & Dollard, N. (in press). The association between type of out-of-home mental health treatment and juvenile justice recidivism for youth with trauma exposure. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health.

Robst, J. (in press). Disposition of charges, out-of-home mental health treatment, and juvenile justice recidivism. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.

Salloum, A., Small, B.J., Robst, J. Scheeringa, M.S., Cohen, J.A., & Storch, E.A. (in press). Stepped and standard care for childhood trauma: A pilot randomized clinical trial. Research on Social Work Practice.

Salloum, A., Wang, W., Robst, J., Storch, E., Sheeringa, M.S., Cohen, J., & Murphy, T. (in press). Stepped care versus standard trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy for young children. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Robst, J. (2016). Changes in expenditures for Medicaid enrollees with a behavioral health diagnosis: 2005-2010. International Journal of Healthcare, 2, 62-70.

Robst, J. (2016). Addressing the gastrointestinal health associated with schizophrenia: the argument for a new nutrition-based intervention. Journal of Schizophrenia Disorders and Therapy, 4.

Robst, J. (2016). Identifying potential care management candidates: The use of diagnosis-based models to predict five-year health care costs. Care Management Journals, 17, 105-111.

Robst, J., & VanGilder, J. (2016). The relationship between faculty characteristics and the use of norm- and criteria-based grading. Cogent Economics & Finance, 4, 1127746.

Robst, J., & VanGilder, J. (2016). Salary and job satisfaction among economics and business graduates: The effect of match between degree field and job. International Review of Economic Education, 21, 30-40.

Robst, J. & Rost, K. (2015). Firm characteristics associated with organizational support for risk-taking in providing employee health benefits. Clinical Trials, 1, 003.

Robst, J. (2015). Suicide attempts after emergency room visits: The effect of patient safety goals. Psychiatric Quarterly.86, 497-504.

Robst, J. (2015). Developing models to predict persistent high-cost cases in Florida Medicaid. Population Health Management. 18, 467-476

Pruitt, Z., Robst, J., Orban, B., & Brooks, R. (2015). Healthcare costs associated with antiretroviral adherence among Medicaid patients. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, 13, 69-80.

Robst, J., Rohrer, L., Armstrong, M., & Dollard, N. (2014). Family involvement in treatment among youth in residential facilities: Association with discharge to family-like setting and follow-up treatment. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 22, 190-196. doi:10.1177/1063426614523651

Constantine, R., Robst, J., Andel, R., Jones, M.E., McPherson, M.A., & Givens, E. M. (2014). Service and medication use and their effects on arrests of children with emotional disturbances prior to Medicaid dis-enrollment. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 23(4), 641- 651.

Salloum, A., Robst, J., Scheeringa, M. S., Cohen, J. A., Wang, W., Murphy, T., Tolin, D., & Storch, E. A. (2014). Step one within stepped care trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy for young children: A pilot study. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 45, 65-77.

Robst, J. (2012). Comparing methods for identifying future high-cost mental health cases in Medicaid. Value in Health, 15, 198-203.

Robst, J., Armstrong, M., & Dollard, N. (in press). Atypical antipsychotic medication use after out-of-home mental health treatment and the probability of returning to treatment. Community Mental Health Journal.

Robst, J., Constantine, R., Andel, R., Boaz, T., & Howe, A. (2011). Factors related to criminal justice expenditure trajectories for adults with serious mental illness. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 21, 350-362.

Robst, J., Constantine, R., & Petrila, J. (2011). The association between involuntary examinations and probability of arrest. Psychiatric Services, 62, 1060-1065.

Constantine, R., Andel, R., Robst, J., & Teague, G. (in press). The impact of mental health services on arrests of offenders with a serious mental illness. Law and Human Behavior.

Dui, R., & Robst, J. (2012). The relationship between plan characteristics and Medicare prescription drug plan bids. Applied Economics Letters, 19, 99-104.

Robst, J., VanGilder, J., Berri, D., & Vance, C. (2011). Defense wins championships?: The answer from the gridiron. International Journal of Sport Finance, 6, 72-84.

Robst, J., Armstrong, M., & Dollard, N. (2011). Comparing outcomes for youth served in therapeutic foster care and therapeutic group home care. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 20, 696-705.

Clark, C., Yampolskaya, S., & Robst, J. (2011). Mental health services expenditures among children placed in out-of-home care. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 38, 430-439.

Robst, J., Armstrong, M., & Dollard, N. (2011). Peer contagion among youth in Medicaid-funded residential mental health treatment programs. Children and Youth Services Review, 33, 651-655.

Robst, J. (in press). Changes in antipsychotic medication use after implementation of a Medicaid mental health carve-out. Pharmacoeconomics.

Robst, J., VanGilder, J., Coates, C., & Berri, D. (2011). Skin tone and wages: Evidence from NBA free agents. Journal of Sports Economics, 12, 143-156.

Stiles, P.G., Boothroyd, R.A., Robst, J., & Ray, J. (2011). Using administrative data for research: A survey of Medicaid administrators and best practices. Administration and Society, 43, 171-192.

Boaz, T.L., Constantine, R.J., Robst, J., Becker, M.A., Howe, A.M. (2011) Risperidone Long Acting Treatment (RLAT) prescribing patterns and their impact on early discontinuation of treatment in a large Medicaid population.Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 72, 1079-1085.

Robst, J. & VanGilder, J. (2011). The role of childhood sexual victimization in the occupational choice of adults. Applied Economics, 43, 341-354.