San Diego State University

Tracy Finlayson

Tracy Finlayson

Tracy Finlayson

Division of Health Management and Policy
Associate Professor

Phone: (619) 594-0559
Office: HT 156

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  • PhD, Health Services, Organization and Policy, University of Michigan (2005)
  • BS, Human Development, University of California, Davis (2000)

Scholarly Areas

Oral health, mental health, health policy/program evaluation, social determinants of health and health disparities, access to care, maternal and child health, U.S. healthcare system


Dr. Tracy L. Finlayson is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Health Management and Policy. She is an interdisciplinary health services researcher with training in Sociology/Social Psychology. Her main areas of research are exploring the psychosocial determinants of oral health disparities and issues around access to dental care. Her research often integrates quantitative and qualitative methods when possible. She is also especially interested in health policy.

Dr. Finlayson has been involved in evaluations of major state-level policy changes in Michigan and California, and previously interned at the Head Start Bureau. Prior to joining SDSU, she was an Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) Postdoctoral Scholar at UC Berkeley. In 2008, Dr. Finlayson received the Jay S. Drotman Memorial Award from the American Public Health Association (APHA), which recognizes the promising career of a young public health professional.