James Ciesla - NIU - College of Health & Human Sciences

About the College

James Ciesla PhD

James Ciesla


Associate Dean for Research and Resources


Dean's Office

Office Location:

Wirtz Hall 227

Office Phone:

(815) 753-3409

Office Fax:

(815) 753-6169




  • Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Health Economics
  • M.L.A., University of Chicago
  • M.H.A., Tulane University
  • B.S., Wofford College

Academic Interests

Dr. Ciesla is interested in evaluating the outcomes of programs that provide services to people in disadvantaged or socially stigmatized groups. His research focuses on ways to operationalize, measure, and evaluate the outcomes of these services through the application of human capital economics.

Selected Publications

Gray JG, Kim J., Yao P., Ciesla JR. (in press). Rasch analysis of the Lubben Social Network Scale (LSNS-6). Journal of Applied Gerontology.

Ciesla JR. (2013). Length of Stay and Outcomes for Adolescents Treated for Substance Use Disorder: An Analysis of Dose Response Using Propensity Scores. Fourth Latin America Conference of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. Buenos Aires, Argentina. September 12-14.

Ciesla, JR, Mazurek KD, Yao P. (2013). Global Treatment Satisfaction: Presentation of a Latent Variable Approximating Model. Eighteenth Annual International Meeting of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. New Orleans, LA. May 18-22.

Ciesla, JR, Yao, P, Spear S, Yusiphov A. (2012). The Getting Illinois Seniors and People with Disabilities Online Sustainable Broadband Demonstration Project: Evaluation Findings. Gerontological Society of America 65th Annual Scientific Meeting. San Diego, CA. November 14-18.

Yao P, Ciesla JR, Mazurek KD, Spear S. (2012). Peer relations scale for adolescents treated for substance use disorder: a factor analytic presentation. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy. 7(29):3-12.

Recent Funded Research Projects

Stone D & Ciesla JR. (2013) Evaluation of the Kane County Farmland Protection Ordinance Health Impact Assessment. The Health Impact Project: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Pew Charitable Trust.

Ciesla JR & Kim J. (2013). Evaluation of the Getting Illinois Low Income and People with Disabilities Online Demonstration Project: Outreach, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Sustainable Broadband Adoption Project.

Stone D & Ciesla JR. (2012). Evaluation of the Kane County Planning Cooperative. American Public Health Association/Centers for Disease Control.