Kara Zivin

Kara Zivin, PhD, MS, MA, MFA

Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan Medical School
Professor of Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan School of Public Health
Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research
Research Career Scientist, Center for Clinical Management Research, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
(734) 222-7417



Dr. Zivin is a health services and policy researcher who uses social science and public health tools to improve health and functional outcomes for vulnerable populations with mental health and substance use disorders (behavioral health conditions), including pregnant and postpartum women, Veterans, and older adults. Dr. Zivin joined the faculty at University of Michigan in 2006. She serves as a mentor to trainees ranging from undergraduates to junior faculty members and conducts mixed methods research and large policy evaluations. She served as the chair of the Behavioral Health Services Research Interest Group at AcademyHealth, and was a senior advisor on behavioral health integration for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.



  • MFA, writing (creative nonfiction), Vermont College of Fine Arts
  • Postdoctoral fellowship in pharmaceutical policy, Harvard Medical School
  • PhD, health policy, Harvard University
  • MS, health policy and management, Harvard School of Public Health
  • MA, international economics and conflict management, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies
  • BA, international relations, Johns Hopkins University

Areas of Interest

  • Impact of health policies on diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes of behavioral health conditions (mental health and substance use) 
  • Predictors and health outcomes including mortality associated with treatment of behavioral health conditions in vulnerable populations, including women in the perinatal period, older adults, and Veterans
  • Bidirectional relationships between depression and employment outcomes including burnout, productivity, disability, and retirement
  • Cost-effectiveness of behavioral health treatment in primary care and specialty mental health settings (integrated care)
  • Longitudinal assessments of depression status and treatment adherence in large clinical, epidemiological, and population based studies

Published Articles or Reviews

Admon LK, Dalton VK, Kolenic GE, Ettner SL, Tilea A, Haffajee RL, Brownlee RM, Zochowski MK, Tabb KM, Muzik M, Zivin K. Trends in Suicidality 1 Year Before and After Birth Among Commercially Insured Childbearing Individuals in the United States, 2006-2017. JAMA Psychiatry. 2021 Feb 1;78(2):171-176. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2020.3550.PMID: 33206140 

Zivin K, Brower KJ, Sen S, Brownlee RM, Gold KJ. Relationship Between Faculty Characteristics and Emotional Exhaustion in a Large Academic Medical Center. J Occup Environ Med. 2020 Aug;62(8):611-617. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001898. PubMed PMID: 32404821.

Tipirneni R, Patel MR, Goold SD, Kieffer EC, Ayanian JZ, Clark SJ, Lee S, Bryant C, Kirch MA, Solway E, Luster J, Lewallen M, Zivin KAssociation of Expanded Medicaid Coverage With Health and Job-Related Outcomes Among Enrollees With Behavioral Health Disorders. Psychiatr Serv. 2020 Jan 1;71(1):4-11. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201900179. Epub 2019 Sep 25. PubMed PMID: 31551044; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6939140.

Luca DL, Margiotta C, Staatz C, Garlow E, Christensen A, Zivin K. Financial Toll of Untreated Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Among 2017 Births in the United States. Am J Public Health. 2020 Jun;110(6):888-896. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2020.305619. Epub 2020 Apr 16.PMID: 32298167

A complete list of publications can be found here.

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