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Campus Address: 

Room 760A WARF
610 Walnut Street
Madison, WI 53726

Campus Phone Number: 
(608) 265-5282

Marguerite Burns, PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Population Health Sciences


Marguerite Burns is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin. A health services researcher, her work concerns the interplay between public health insurance design, health care policy, and health care outcomes for vulnerable populations. Dr. Burns’ current research examines: the impact of benefit structure and provider supply on mental health care use; the effects of Medicaid expansions on participation in federal disability programs; and the consequences of transitioning from Medicaid to dual eligibility on health and health care outcomes.

She received her PhD in Population Health from the University of Wisconsin with an emphasis in health economics. Dr. Burns was previously a faculty member of the Harvard Medical School in the Department of Population Medicine where she retains a Visiting Assistant Professorship. She returned to the University of Wisconsin in 2012 and is a current NIMH K01 awardee in mental health economics and policy. Before pursuing her doctorate, Dr. Burns held several positions in community health center and research administration.

Courses Taught:

  • PHS 796 Introduction to Health Services Research (Syllabus


  • AcademyHeatlh
  • American Society of Health Economists
  • International Health Economics Association
  • UW Institute for Research on Poverty

Select Publications

Burns ME, Dague L. The Effect of Expanding Medicaid Eligibility on Supplemental Security Income Program Participation. Journal of Public Economics. Forthcoming.

Burns ME, Huskamp HA, Smith JC, Madden JM, Soumerai SB. The Effects of the Transition From Medicaid to Medicare on Health Care Use for Adults With Mental Illness. Medical Care 2016; 54(9): 868-877. NIHMSID 781008.

Burns ME, Wolfe BL. The Effects of the Affordable Care Act Adult Dependent Coverage Expansion on Mental Health. The Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics. 2016; 19(1): 3-20.

Fondow M, Pandhi N, Ricco J, Schreiter E, Fahey L, Serrano N, Burns ME, Jacobs EA. Visit Patterns for Patients with Severe Mental Illness Within a Primary Care Setting Before and After Integration of a Behavioral Health Model. AIMS Public Health 2015; 2(4): 821-831.

Balaban RB, Galbraith AA, Burns ME, Vialle-Valentin CE, Larochelle MR, Ross-Degnan D. A Randomized Trial to Reduce Hospital Readmissions of Safety-Net Patients. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2015; 30(7): 907-915.

Adams AS, Soumerai SB, Zang F, Gilden D, Burns ME, Huskamp HA, Trinacty C, Alegria M, LeCates R, Griggs J, Ross-Degnan D, Madden JM. Effects of Eliminating Drug Caps on Racial Differences in Antidepressant Use Among Dual Enrollees with Diabetes and Depression. Clinical Therapeutics 2015; 37(3): 597-609.

Burns ME.State Discretion over Medicaid Coverage for Mental Health and Addiction Services. Psychiatric Services. Online-ahead-of-print, January 2, 2015.

Burns ME, Dague L, DeLeire T, Dorsch M, Friedsam D, Leininger LJ, Palmucci G, Schmelzer J, Voskuil K. The Effects of Expanding Public Insurance to Rural Low-Income Childless Adults. Health Services Research 2014; 49(6), Part II; 2172-2187.

Wherry L, Burns ME, Leininger LJ. Using Self-Reported Health Measures to Predict High-Need Cases Among Medicaid-Eligible Adults. Health Services Research 2014; 49(6), Part II; 2147-2172.

Burns ME, Galbraith AA, Ross-Degnan D, Balaban RB. Feasibility and Evaluation of a Pilot Community Healthworker Intervention to Reduce Hospital Readmissions. International Journal for Quality in Health Care 2014; 26(4): 358-365.

Burns ME, Busch AB, Madden J, Le Cates R, Zhang F, Adams A, Ross-Degnan D, Soumerai SB, Huskamp HA. The Effect of Medicare Part D on the Quality of Pharmacotherapy for Bipolar 1 Disorder Among Dually Enrolled Beneficiaries. Psychiatric Services 2014; (3): 323-329.

Burns ME, Leininger LJ. Understanding the Gap in Primary Care Access and Use Between Teens and Younger Children. Medical Care Research and Review 2012; 69(5): 581-601.

Burns ME, O'Hara BJ, Huskamp HA, Soumerai SB. Uninsurance and its Correlates Among Poor Adults with Disabilities. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 2012; 23: 630-646.

Leininger LJ, Burns ME. Why are Low-Income Teens More Likely to Lack Health Insurance than Their Younger Peers? Inquiry 2011; 48 (Summer): 123-137.

Borah BJ, Burns ME, Shah ND. Assessing the Impact of High Deductible Health Plans on Healthcare Utilization and Cost: A Changes-in-Changes Approach. Health Economics 2011; 20(9): 1025-1042.

Burns ME, Shah ND, Smith MA. Why Some Disabled Adults in Medicaid Face Large Out-of-Pocket Expenses. Health Affairs 2010; 29(8): 1517-1522.

Burns ME. Medicaid Managed Care and Cost Containment for Adult Beneficiaries with Disabilities. Medical Care 2009; 47(1): 1069-1076.

Burns ME. Medicaid Managed Care and Health Care Access for Adult Beneficiaries with Disabilities. Health Services Research 2009; 45(5): 1521-1541.