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Julie Donahue


Dr. Donohue is Professor, Vice Chair for Research, and Co-Director of the PhD Programs in the Department of Health Policy and Management, in the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh.


She is the Director of the Medicaid Research Center (MRC) and the Co-Director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing (CP3). She holds secondary appointments in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and is a faculty affiliate in the Health Policy Institute. Donohue earned a PhD in health policy from Harvard University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in pharmaceutical policy research at Harvard Medical School.


Donohue conducts research on insurance coverage, financing, and delivery of health care with a focus on use of prescription drugs and behavioral health services. She has studied the impact of policy changes on access, quality and costs in Medicare, Medicaid and commercial insurance. In collaboration with AcademyHealth, she launched the Medicaid Outcomes Distributed Research Network (MODRN) to support state Medicaid policy evaluations. Donohue also conducts research on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on access to care; regional variation in health care use and spending; and studies the organizational, industry and policy influences on physician prescribing behavior.

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