Peter Arno is a Senior Fellow and Director of Health Policy Research, Political Economy Research Institute University of Massachusetts-Amherst Distinguished Fellow, CUNY Institute for Health Equity, City University of New York, Lehman College. Dr. Arno was a professor of Health Policy at New York Medical College and the founding director of its doctoral program in Health Policy and Management and the Center for Long Term Care Research & Policy. Previously, Dr. Arno was the director of the Division of Public Health and Policy Research in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center.

He received his doctorate in economics at the New School for Social Research and was a Pew Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Institute for Health and Aging at UCSF and a scholar of the American Foundation for AIDS Research. His book with Karyn Feiden, Against the Odds: The Story of AIDS Drug Development, Politics & Profits (New York: HarperCollins), was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Dr. Arno’s recent work includes studies on the impact of income support policies such as Social Security and the Earned Income Tax Credit on population health and health disparities; food insecurity and the elderly; social and geographic determinants of obesity and the economics of informal caregiving and long-term care. Dr. Arno has testified before numerous U.S. House and Senate committees on areas related to his research.

He designed the research for the CGPS report, “Overlooked But Not Forgotten: Social Security Lifts Millions More Kids Out of Poverty.”