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Kara Zivin, PhD, MS, MA – Research Career Scientist

Kara Zivin, PhD, MS, MA Kara Zivin, PhD, MS, MA
VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
Ann Arbor, MI 

Kara Zivin, PhD, MS, MA, MFA, is a Research Career Scientist at the VA Ann Arbor Center for Clinical Management Research (CCMR). She is Professor of Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan and Senior Health Researcher at Mathematica.   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. She conducts large mixed methods research studies and evaluations assessing the intended and unintended consequences of health policies and health system interventions. She leads a study of predictors and outcomes associated with mental health provider burnout in VA. She has received consistent funding support from VA and NIH as well as multiple additional federal, state, and foundation sources.   Dr. Zivin aims to increase public awareness about and influence policy addressing behavioral health conditions by combining research expertise (data) and personal narrative (story). She completed her PhD and MS at Harvard University, her MA and BA at Johns Hopkins University, and her MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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