Alex Hoyt, PhD, RN

Alex Hoyt
Assistant Professor
(617) 724-9902
Office Location: 
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Dr. Alex Hoyt is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and the Principal Investigator of the study “Scope of practice influences on workforce, workplace, and outcomes of care” funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The study of nurse practitioner (NP) autonomy addresses three questions:
        Question 1 - If a state expands the scope of practice for NPs, will it also expand the primary care workforce?
        Question 2 - Do scope of practice regulations influence the workplace environment of NPs?
        Question 3 - Does the NP workforce impact access, cost, and quality of health care?

This study builds on earlier work that scored the change in NP scope of practice regulations from 1989 to present. Dr. Hoyt’s previous research has included studies of the ambulatory care ICU model, determinants of clinical preventive service delivery in primary care, and managed care requirements of primary care providers to screen and counsel for behavioral health problems.

Dr. Hoyt graduated from the IHP in 1996 and joined the faculty in 2000. He has practiced in a variety of clinical settings, outpatient and inpatient, suburban and inner-city and in a variety of roles as a staff nurse, nurse practitioner, and clinic manager. He received his PhD in Social Policy from Brandeis University's Heller School and was funded by a traineeship from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health. 

Dr. Hoyt teaches “Health Care Policy and Politics” in the Accelerated Bachelors of Science in Nursing and the Masters of Science in Nursing programs and “Health Care Finance and Economics” in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. He also helped to develop the Evaluation Committee of the School of Nursing and has served on a variety of School and Institute committees.

Research Interests

Alex Hoyt's research interests are in health services research and health policy with a focus on primary care, behavioral health, and workforce issues.



2013        Hoyt, A., Differences in rates of clinical preventive service delivery between nurses and physicians: Results from a national study. Paper presented at the 25th Annual Scientific Session of the Eastern Nursing Research Society in Boston, MA April 17-19th.

2012        Hoyt, A. Changes in nurse practitioner scope of practice regulation from 1988 to 2011. American College of Nurse Practitioners, October 3 [selected as Best Poster].

2012        Hoyt, A.  Person, Place, and Prevention in Primary Care:  A Multilevel Analysis of Variation in the Delivery of Mental Health, Substance-Use Disorder, and Obesity Services. A Dissertation presented to the faculty of the Brandeis University Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Waltham, MA.

2011        Lewis, J., Hoyt, A., Kakoza, R. Enhancing Quality of Primary Care Using an Ambulatory ICU to Achieve a Patient-Centered Medical Home. Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, 2(4) 234–239.

See Curriculum Vitae for complete list.


BA, Sociology/Anthropology, Denison University, Granville, OH
MS in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA
PhD, Social Policy, Heller School for Social Policy, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Curriculum Vitae