By Stephanie Abraham

Kara Zivin, Ph.D., Receives MIP Scholars Award for Critical Work Identifying Unmet Treatment Needs for Perinatal Depression in Michigan Medicaid

Congratulations to Kara Zivin, Ph.D., associate professor with the U-M Department of Psychiatry and faculty associate at the U-M Institute for Social Research, who is a 2018 recipient of the Eisenberg Michigan Mental Health Integration Partnership (MIP) Scholars Award. The MIP Scholars Award supports U-M faculty implementing and evaluating mental health services that promote integrated care and seek to improve access to evidence-based practices for lower income and Medicaid eligible populations with behavioral health care needs in the state of Michigan. The $50,000 award provided by the U-M Comprehensive Depression Center Eisenberg Fund is now in the process of being matched 1:1 with Michigan Medicaid funds. Dr. Zivin's project, "Identifying Unmet Treatment Needs for Perinatal Depression in Michigan Medicaid" will start in fall 2018. The project aims to identify the extent to which women, who are Medicaid beneficiaries, self-identify with symptoms of depression during pregnancy and after delivery are diagnosed with depression and receive any treatment for depression, whether medications and/or psychotherapy. The project seeks to understand objectives and goals, as well as barriers and facilitators of implementing perinatal depression screening and subsequent treatment in Michigan.

About Dr. Kara Zivin Dr. Kara Zivin is an associate professor with the U-M Department of Psychiatry and a faculty associate at the U-M Institute for Social Research. Dr. Zivin is also a research health scientist at the VA Center for Clinical Management Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Zivin's research applies quantitative methods to mental health services and policy with a specific focus on predictors and consequences of mental disorders in vulnerable populations including veterans, older adults, and pregnant women. Her research examines cost-effectiveness of depression care, mortality risks among depressed patients, employment support needs among those with mood disorders, psychosocial contributors to depression, and the impact of short and long term antidepressant use and adherence on depression, health, and cost outcomes. Dr. Zivin completed her BA and MA degrees at Johns Hopkins University in international Relations. She earned her Ph.D. in health policy from Harvard University and an MS degree in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in pharmaceutical policy at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Dr. Zivin has received funding for her research from the VA, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Aging, Harvard Medical School, U-M, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Dr. Zivin is also a member of the U-M Depression Center.