Craig Thornton

Craig Thornton

Senior Fellow, Senior Vice President
Areas of Expertise
  • Health services research
  • Benefit-cost analysis
  • Climate policy evaluation
  • Disability policy
  • Evaluation design
Topics
  • Disability
  • Health
  • Employment and Income Support
  • Health Care
  • Population Health
  • Environment
About Craig

Craig Thornton is an expert in health services research, disability policy, evaluation design, employment and training programs, and benefit-cost analysis.

During his more than 35 years at Mathematica, Thornton has directed and advised on studies of programs and policies that seek to improve people’s lives. Much of this work has focused on initiatives to help people with disabilities participate fully in economic and community life. He has also studied how well managed care and care-management serve people with chronic illnesses and functional impairments as well as how modifications to the Medicare and Medicaid programs could support better integration and health for people with such conditions. He has extensive experience designing and implementing large multisite demonstration evaluations and conducting process, impact, and benefit-cost analyses, as well as leading teams of experts conducting research in health and disability policy.

For ten years, he directed Mathematica’s Health Research Division. During that time the division tripled in size and continued to enhance its reputation for excellence in the study of health care delivery and finance. He is particularly proud of all the wonderful colleagues who came to Mathematica to work on those issue and all the outstanding policy research they produced.

Thornton publishes widely in peer-reviewed journals, such as the American Sociological Review, Health Services Research, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, and has authored book chapters on research design, cost-benefit, and disability issues. In addition, he has served on many expert panels as well as on the boards of directors of Mathematica, the Center for Studying Health System Change, AcademyHealth, and the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Johns Hopkins University.

Key Projects
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    Evaluation of the Ticket to Work Program

    Mathematica conducted a 10-year evaluation of the Ticket to Work (TTW) program, a major initiative of the Social Security Administration to increase disability beneficiaries' employment and reduce their dependence on benefits.