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Department of Psychiatry Faculty

Kara Zivin, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone: 734-222-7417
Fax: 734-222-7514

Primary Programs/Services:
Health Services, Translations & Outcomes


  • Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (PhD, Health Policy)
  • Harvard School of Public Health (MS, Health Policy and Management)
  • Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (MA, International Economics and Conflict Management)
  • Johns Hopkins University (BA, with honors, International Relations)

Research Interest:

  • Predictors and consequences of depression, particularly among vulnerable populations (including elderly, people with multiple medical comorbidities, and people who face barriers accessing and adhering to depression treatment)
  • Mental health services research
  • Pharmaceutical policy

Academic Appointment:

  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School
  • Research Investigator, Department of Veterans Affairs, National Serious Mental Illness Treatment Research and Evaluation (SMITREC), HSR&D Center of Excellence, Ann Arbor, MI

Recent or Representative Publications:

  • Zivin K, Kim HM, McCarthy JF, Austin KL, Hoggatt KJ, Walters HM, Valenstein M. Suicide mortality among individuals receiving treatment for depression in the VA health system: associations with patient and treatment setting characteristics. American Journal of Public Health. 2007;97(12):2193-2198. PMID: 17971541 PMCID: PMC2089109.
  • Zivin K, Kales HC. Depression treatment adherence in older adults: a narrative review. Drugs and Aging. 2008;25(7):559-571.
  • Zivin K, Madden JM, Graves AJ, Zhang F, Soumerai SB. Cost-related medication nonadherence among beneficiaries with depression following Medicare Part D. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2009;17(12):1068-1076. PMID: 20104063.
  • Zivin K, Pfeiffer PN, Szymanski BR, Valenstein M, Post EP, Miller EM, McCarthy JF. Initiation of primary care – mental health integration programs in the VA health system: associations with psychiatric diagnoses in primary care. Medical Care. 2010;48(9):843-851. PMID: 20706160.
  • Pfeiffer PN, Szymanski BR, Valenstein M, McCarthy JF, Zivin K. Trends in antidepressant prescribing for new episodes of depression and implications for health system quality measures. Medical Care. 2012;50(1):86-90. PMID: 22181925.