Marisa Domino, PhD

Professor Health Policy and Management
Director, PhD Program Health Policy and Management

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1105B McGavran-Greenberg Hall

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Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7411

Marisa Elena Domino, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health; she is also director of the Program on Mental Health and Substance Abuse Systems and Services Research at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.

She received her doctoral degree in health economics from Johns Hopkins University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the economics of mental health at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Health Care Policy.

Dr. Domino’s research interests include the economics of mental health, agency relationships among physicians, patients and insurers, the diffusion of new technologies and the public provision of health care and health insurance to low-income populations.

Dr. Domino completed a K01 Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health to analyze factors that affect the diffusion of psychotropic medications in a variety of populations. She has worked on a variety of projects covering insurance design, behavioral health and chronic illness. She has also received funding from the Changes in Health Care Financing & Organization Initiative at RWJF and AcademyHealth to examine the effect of supply policy changes on prescription medications and health services use and from NARSAD to examine the effect that Medicare Part D has had on individuals with severe mental illness.

She is the recipient of the 2013 ISPOR Award for Excellence in Application of Pharmacoeconomics and Health Outcomes Research.

Honors and Awards

Award for Excellence in Application of Pharmacoeconomics and Health Outcomes Research
2013, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR)

Representative Courses

HPAA 718: Mental Health Services Research and Policy

HPAA 881: Linear Regression Models

Research Activities
  • Health Economics
  • Mental Health Economics and Policy
  • Medicaid Policy
  • Persons with Multiple Chronic Conditions
  • Applied microeconometrics
  • Mental health and criminal justice intersections
  • Health care expenditures
  • Innovative health are payment models
  • Medical homes
  • Accountable Care Organizations

Key Publications

Effects of Maternity Care Coordination on Pregnancy Outcomes: Propensity-Weighted Analyses. Anirban Basu, Dorothy Cilenti, Marisa Domino, Ravi Goyal, Marianne Hillemeier, Hye-Chung Kum, Rebecca Wells, J. Whitmire (2014). Maternal and Child Health Journal.

Heterogeneity in the quality of care for patients with multiple chronic conditions by psychiatric comorbidity. Christopher Beadles, Marisa Domino, C. Dubard, Alan Ellis, Joel Farley, Jesse Lichstein, Joseph Morrissey (2014). Medical Care, 52(3), S101-S109.

Mental Health Service Use Among Adolescents Following Participation in a Randomized Clinical Trial for Depression. Sharon Brenner, Barbara Burns, John Curry, Marisa Domino, Christopher Kratochvil, Susan Silva (2014). Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Outpatient commitment and its alternatives: Questions yet to be answered. Sarah Desmarais, Marisa Domino, Joseph Morrissey (2014). Psychiatric Services, 65(6), 812-815.

State investments in psychiatric innovation: Investigating unmeasured state factors. Christopher Beadles, Marisa Domino (2014). Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology, 14(1), 34-53.


BSPA, Health Administration , The University of Arizona, 1990

PhD, Health Economics , Johns Hopkins University, 1998

Postdoctor, Mental Health Economics, Harvard Medical School, 1999