Caprice Knapp, Ph.D.

Medicaid Director - North Dakota Department of Human Services

Fellowship Year


Fellowship Placement

  • House Committee on Energy and Commerce (Majority)

Sponsoring Institution

The Pennsylvania State University

Caprice Knapp is director of the Pan Institutional Network for Global Health at The Pennsylvania State University. She is also a research associate professor in the Health Policy and Administration (HPA) program at The Pennsylvania State University and a visiting professor in the College of Public Health at the University of the Philippines, Manila. She conducts investigator-initiated and collaborative research in health care delivery and outcomes. In 2016, she was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Experienced Researcher Fellowship and became a fellow at the Freiburg (Germany) Institute for Advanced Studies. From 2005 to 2015, she was a faculty member in the Department of Health Outcomes and Policy at the University of Florida (UF). Knapp also worked in the Governor's Office of State Planning and Budgeting and the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing in Colorado as a budget and policy analyst.

Knapp’s research focuses on maternal and child health outcomes, vulnerable populations, and global health. She has over 15 years of experience conducting studies in partnership with state Medicaid agencies, safety net organizations, health insurance plans, and community organizations. Examples of her funded research topics include an assessment of Florida’s Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Grant; an evaluation of fertility-preservation decision making for adolescent girls with cancer; outcomes of concurrent models of pediatric palliative care; and an assessment of the quality, patient experiences, and costs of health and dental plans for children in Florida. Her global health projects also focus on maternal and child health and have been conducted in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America.

At the University of Florida, Knapp earned a PhD in economics and completed postdoctoral training in health services research. She has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, 60 government reports, and several book chapters. Her book, Pediatric Palliative Care: Global Perspectives, was published in 2012. Knapp was named a Penn State Schreyer Honors College Distinguished Faculty in 2016 and UF's Economics Faculty of the Year in 2012.