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Associate Professor of Political Science

Rick Mayes

University of Richmond

Rick Mayes is an associate professor in the University of Richmond’s department of political science, and co-director of the university’s Healthcare Studies major. He is also the faculty director of the University of Richmond’s Sophomore Scholars-in-Residence program (an experiential living-learning program for students), and associate professor of nursing at the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2000 and a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral traineeship at the U.C. Berkeley School of Public Health from 2000 to 2002. From 1992-1993, he worked on Medicaid policy in the White House Office for George H.W. Bush and thereafter on health insurance and Medicare policy at the AARP during the health care reform effort of 1993-94. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond (B.A., 1991).

His writings have appeared in: The New York Times; Health Affairs; the Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law; the Journal of the History of Medicine & Allied Sciences; the Journal of Policy History; the Journal of Health Law; the Journal of Health Care Law & Policy; the Harvard Review of Psychiatry; the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences; Health Economics, Policy and Law; the History of Psychiatry; Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology News; Health Law Review; Applied Health Economics & Health Policy; the Journal of Medicine, Health Care & Philosophy; Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety; the Journal of Primary Care & Community Health; and the Journal of Health Services Research & Policy.

He has given talks and research presentations on health care policy, finance, delivery and organization to, among others: the Richmond Academy of Medicine, the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates, the Virginia Association of Hematologists & Oncologists, the EcoledesHautes Etudes enSanté Publique (in France); the Yale University School of Medicine; Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Medicine; the National Association of Personal Financial Planners; and the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Miller Center.

He is also the author of: UNIVERSAL COVERAGE: The Elusive Quest for National Health Insurance (University of Michigan Press), co-author of MEDICARE PROSPECTIVE PAYMENT AND THE SHAPING OF U.S. HEALTH CARE (Johns Hopkins University Press) with Robert Berenson, M.D., Senior Health Policy Fellow at the Urban Institute, and co-author of MEDICATING CHILDREN: ADHD and Pediatric Mental Health (Harvard University Press) with fellow University of Richmond professors Catherine Bagwell and Jennifer Erkulwater.

His most enjoyable and rewarding professional experiences have involved taking groups of University of Richmond students to Peru, the Dominican Republic, Appalachia, and Acadia National Park in Maine on health care research and community service trips. In 2013, students elected him to give the university’s “Last Lecture”.