Priscilla Novak
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health


Priscilla Novak graduated from the School of Public health with her PhD in the Spring of 2019. 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.

  1. 2019, 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.
  2. 2019, Sanmartin, M., Ali, M., Novak, P., Chen, J. Polysubstance Use among Reproductive-Aged Parenting Women Who Misused Prescription Opioids in the United States. Womens Health Issues
  3. 2018, Novak, P., Feder, K., Ali, M., Chen, J. Treatment Utilization and Barriers to Treatment Among Individuals with Co-Occurring Opioid Use Disorder and Mental Illness in the United States. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
  4. 2018, Chen, J. Dugoff, E., Novak, P. Variation of Hospital-based Adoption of Care coordination Practices by Community-Level Social Determinants of Health. Health Care Management Review
  5. Kozhimannil, K., Ali, M., Novak, P., Sherman, L., Dowd, W., Mutter, R. The Impact of State Prenatal Substance Use Policies on Substance Use Disorder Treatment Admissions. Journal of Addiction Medicine
  6. 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  
  7. 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
  8. 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. Medical Care. 2018 Feb;56(2):153-161. doi:10.1097/MLR.0000000000000850
  9. 2017, Novak, P. Chen, J. Antidepressant use and costs among low education and low income people with serious psychological distress - evidence from health care reform. Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research. DOI:
  10. 2017, Chen, J, Bloodworth, R, Novak, P., Cook, B., Goldman, H., Rendall, M., Thomas, S., Reynold, C. Reducing Preventable Hospitalization and Disparity: Association With Local Health Department Mental Health Promotion Activities. American Journal of Preventive Medicine
  11. 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
  12. 2016,  Chen, J., Vargas-Bustamante, A., Novak, P. Reducing Young Adults’ Health Care Spending through The ACA Expansion of Dependent Coverage. Health Services Research.
  13. 2016, Chen, J., Vargas-Bustamante, A., Novak, P. Reducing Young Invincibles’ Health Care Spending through the ACA Expansion of Dependent Coverage. Value in Health. DOI:
  14. 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