Marisa Domino

Marisa Domino, PhD

Adjunct Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management


Marisa Elena Domino, PhD, is an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

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 is deeply interested in vulnerable populations and she has created a research agenda throughout her career which examines the efficiency of health care policies in low income and disabled populations. She has substantial expertise in applied econometric analyses and has worked extensively on large administrative databases from a variety of health insurance programs. She has considerable experience extracting measures of medication use and adherence, quality of care, utilization and costs from a large variety of data sources. Dr. Domino’s work  has focused on the effects of Medicaid program design on a variety of populations and outcomes, especially related to behavioral health and chronic illness. She has received funding from the NIDA, NIMH, AHRQ, RWJF, and NARSAD,  to examine the effect of policy changes on the use of mental health and medical services, prescription medications and other measures of health services use, quality, and costs.

She is the recipient of the 2013 ISPOR Award for Excellence in Application of Pharmacoeconomics and Health Outcomes Research and the 2017 Edward G. McGavran Award for Excellence in Teaching, UNC School of Public Health.

Marisa Domino in the Gillings News

Honors and Awards

Edward G. McGavran Award for Excellence in Teaching, UNC School of Public Health
2017, UNC-CH

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

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

Through the Looking Glass: Estimating Effects of Medical Homes for People with Severe Mental Illness. M Domino, M Kilany, R Wells, J Morrissey (2016). Health services research.

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

Does managed care affect the diffusion of psychotropic medications? Marisa Domino (2012). Health Economics, 21(4), 428-443.

Enhancing the medical homes model for children with asthma. Marisa Domino, Charles Humble, William Lawrence, Steve Wegner (2009). Medical Care, 47(11), 1113-1120.

Cost-effectiveness of treatments for adolescent depression: Results from TADS. Marisa Domino, Barbara Burns, Susan Silva, Christopher Kratochvil, Benedetto Vitiello, Mark Reinecke, Jeremy Mario, John March (2008). American Journal of Psychiatry, 165(5), 588-596.

How Much Should Current Medication Lists Drive Medicare Part D Plan Selection? Domino, Marisa Elena, Stearns, Sally C., Norton, Edward C., Yeh Wei-shi (2008). Medical Care Research and Revie, 65(1), 114-12.

Behavioral Health Carve-out Networks as Risky Assets. Domino, Marisa Elena and Huskamp, Haiden (2005). Journal of Health Economics, 24.

Home and community-based waivers for disabled adults: Program versus selection effects. Courtney Houtven, Marisa Domino (2005). Inquiry, 42(1), 43-59.

Cost shifting to jails after a change to managed mental health care. Marisa Domino, Edward Norton, Joseph Morrissey, Neil Thakur (2004). Health Services Research, 39(5), 1379-1401.


  • BSPA, Health Administration , The University of Arizona, 1990
  • PhD, Health Economics , Johns Hopkins University, 1998
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Mental Health Economics, Harvard Medical School, 1999