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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


Dr. Marguerite Burns is an associate professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and Public Health, and faculty affiliate with the Institute for Research on Poverty, the Health Innovation Program, the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Center for Demography and Ecology at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Burns previously served on the faculty in the Department of Population Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. She holds a PhD in Population Health Sciences from the University of Wisconsin, where she studied health services research and health economics. Her research interests are in health policy and health economics particularly in understanding the consequences of public health insurance design on individual health and health care use, interactions with other public welfare programs, labor market outcomes, and public resource use. Current research projects include an examination of the role of Medicaid coverage on post-incarceration health and reincarceration outcomes, an evaluation of providing parity-consistent coverage in Medicaid on mental health and substance use disorder treatment use, and the development and assessment of common metrics for opioid use disorder treatment prevalence and quality within a multi-state Medicaid research network. She holds leadership positions in several national efforts to strengthen the evidence-base that informs state Medicaid program design including the AcademyHealth’s State University Partnership Learning Network Steering Committee, and the Advisory Board for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Waiver Evaluation Learning Collaborative. Dr. Burns received the 2017 Willard Manning Award in Mental Health Policy and Economics with Dr. Barbara Wolfe for their work on mental health outcomes and the Affordable Care Act’s young adult dependent coverage mandate. Her work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin, the NBER’s Retirement Research Center, and the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

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.