Wanchek, Tanya, J.D., Ph.D.

Wanchek, Tanya, J.D., Ph.D.

Wanchek, Tanya, J.D., Ph.D.

Tanya N. Wanchek, Ph.D., J.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences. Dr. Wanchek teaches Health Care Economics and Health Policy from an Economic Perspective to both graduate and undergraduate students. Her research focuses on the analysis of the dental labor force, oral health outcomes, mental health policy, and cost-effectiveness analysis. Among her published studies are an examination of the relationship between dental hygiene regulation and oral health outcomes, an investigation into the relationship between dental school debt and career choice, and analysis of the effect of the length of temporary detention orders on hospitalization among individuals with a mental illness. She also developed a database that documents state laws that mandate private insurance benefits to children with cleft lip and/or cleft palate for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Wanchek received a doctorate in economics from the University of Washington, a juris doctorate degree from the University of Virginia, and a baccalaureate degree from the University of California, Davis.

Associate Professor
Cost Effectiveness Analysis, Policy & Population Research
J.D., 2006, University of Virginia; Ph.D. 2003, University of Washington, Seattle, Economics

Tel: 1-434-982-5819
Email: twanchek@Virginia.EDU
Health System West Complex, Room 3181


Cost-effectiveness analysis, health workforce licensure and regulation, oral health outcomes.

Research Interests:

Cost-effectiveness analysis, occupational regulation, oral health and mental health.

Teaching Responsibilities:

Health Care Economics, Health Policy

Recent Publications:

Wanchek TN, Wehby G. (2020) State-mandated coverage of cleft lip and cleft palate treatment, The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal 57(6).

Beller JP, Tyerman ZJ, Mehaffey H, Hawkins RB, Charles EJ, Yarboro LT, Teman NR, Wanchek TN, Ailawadi G, Mehta NK (2021) Early Versus Delayed Pacemaker for Heart Block After Valve Surgery: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis, Journal of Surgical Research 259: 154-162.

Naik BI, Dunn LK, Wanchek TN. (2021) Incremental Cost-effectiveness Analysis on Length of Stay of an Enhanced Recovery After Spine Surgery Program: A Single-center, Retrospective Cohort Study. Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology.

Lyu W, Wanchek TN, Wehby G. (2021) The effects of state facial surgery mandates on timeliness of primary cleft repair surgery in the United States, Oral Disease 00:1-8.

Muir, KJ, Wanchek, TN, Lobo, JM, Keim-Malpass, J (2022). Evaluating the Costs of Nurse Burnout-Attributed Turnover: A Markov Modeling Approach, Journal of Patient Safety 18(4): 351-357.