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Marisa Domino to lead Sheps Center Program on Mental Health


Marisa Domino, PhD, is the new Director of the Program on Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and Systems at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.

Domino was selected for this new role by Joe Morrissey, PhD, who has served as director of the program for many years. Morrissey will retire from UNC later this year.

Domino is a professor in the department of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She has conducted many studies on the costs and outcomes of various systems of care for patients with mental health problems, especially focused on care through state Medicaid programs.

“Mental health and substance abuse is an essential area of research in health policy, both domestically and globally, because of its high prevalence and great costs to society,” said Domino. “My goals for the program are to continue the excellent track record of collaboration and high-impact research built by Dr. Morrissey in order to improve the quality of life of all those touched by mental illness and substance abuse, while looking for greater efficiencies in service provision and insurance coverage.”

For more information, contact Sonya Sutton, Sheps Center Communication Specialist, at