Priscilla Novak

Priscilla Novak

Academic Degree: 
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health

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Priscilla Novak is a doctoral candidate within the School of Public Health. Her current research focus is on racial and ethnic disparities among people with serious psychological distress and chronic physical conditions. Her research examines access to care and the uneven burden of mental and physical health problems among racial/ethnic minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged groups. Major themes center on addressing underutilization of evidence-based treatments in low-income groups, even when insured. She is driven by action- oriented research with clear implications for social and health policy.

Selected Publications
In Press  Novak, P, Bloodworth, R, Chen, J, Green, J. Local Health Department Activities to Reduce Emergency Department Visits for Substance Use Disorders Journal for Healthcare Quality
2018, Novak. P, Anderson, A, Chen, J.  Changes in Health Insurance Coverage and Barriers to Health Care Access among Individuals with Serious Psychological Distress following the Affordable Care Act Administration and Policy in Mental Health 
2018, Chen, J, Novak, P, Goldman (3rd), H. Public Health System Delivered Mental Health Preventive Care Links to Significant Reduction of Health Care Costs Population Health Management  
2018 Novak, P, Chen, J. Subsyndromal Depression among people Aged 85+ Linked to Higher Monthly Healthcare Spending American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
2018 Chen J, Novak P, Barath D, Goldman H, Mortensen K. Local Health Departments' Promotion of Mental Health Care and Reductions in 30-Day All-Cause Readmission Rates in Maryland. Med Care. 2018 Feb;56(2):153-161. doi:10.1097/MLR.0000000000000850

2017, Novak, P, Chen, J. Antidepressant use and costs among low-education and low-income people with serious psychological distress: evidence from healthcare reform. Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research  

2016, Ali, M, Chen, J, Mutter, R, Novak, P. Mortensen, K.  Health Care Expenditures and Disparities among Young Adults with Behavioral Health Disorder under the ACA Dependent Coverage Expansion Psychological Services. DOI:

2016 Novak, P., Williams, K., Chen, J. Racial and Ethnic Disparities among the Remaining Uninsured Young Adults after  the ACA Expansion of Dependent Coverage. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. PubMed:

2016 Chen, J., Vargas-Bustamante, A., Novak, P. Reducing Young Adults’ Health Care Spending through The ACA Expansion of Dependent Coverage. Health Services Research. PubMed

2015, Chen J, Mullins CD, Novak P, Thomas SB. Personalized Strategies to Activate and Empower Patients in Health Care and Reduce Health Disparities. Health Educ Behav. PubMed:

Fun Facts

Priscilla speaks and writes Spanish fluently. She has studied Russian, Quechua, and Portugese.