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.
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 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29754279
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.
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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201500346
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: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27450047
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 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27604909