Courtney Harold Van Houtven received her B.S., University of California at Davis, her M.Sc. from the University of Minnesota, and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Van Houtven completed an Agency for Health Care Policy and Research post-doctoral fellowship at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She joined the Center for Excellence in Health Services Research and Development in Primary Care at the Durham Veteran's Administration in 2003. She is also an Associate Professor in General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center. In 2007-2008 she was a visiting assistant professor of economics at Tilburg University, The Netherlands. Dr. Van Houtven's aging and economics research interests encompass how family caregiving affects health care utilization, expenditures, health and wealth outcomes of care recipients and caregivers. A current Career Development Awardee from VA HSR&D (2006-2012), she is testing the feasibility of an incentivized skills training program for family caregivers of Veteran patients referred to community-based long-term care. She is also examining the financial effects of Polytraumatic injuries to OEF/OIF services members on family members. Her most recent grant from the Social Security Administration allowed her to examine the labor responses of married individuals involved in joint caregiving of elderly parents and in-laws (Coe and Skira, co-authors). In a new R-01 from The National Institutes of Nursing Research, NIH, as PI Dr. Van Houtven is examining the relationship between family structure, informal caregiving, and long-term care insurance and long-term care use. In addition, Dr. van Houtven has performed economic evaluations of health behavior trials (H. Bosworth, PI) and caregiving trials (LL. Davis, PI). In a recently accepted article at The Gerontologist (Van Houtven, Thorpe et al, in press), the team examined the effects of a caregiver skills training trial on out of pocket health care costs for the caregiver, and found that the trial did not substantially alter the costs faced by caregivers.