Mithuna Srinivasan

Mithuna Srinivasan is a principal research scientist in the Health Care department at NORC at the University of Chicago. She has 10 years of experience as a mixed-methods researcher, with extensive training in applied econometrics and experimental and quasi-experimental program evaluation methods, as well as in qualitative data collection and analyses.

During her career, Srinivasan has played lead roles on a range of healthcare, human services, and workforce development projects for federal clients such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She has also worked closely with non-federal clients such as state agencies and county local management boards, nonprofit organizations like Share Our Strength, and the Arnold Ventures and West Health foundations. At NORC, she is the project director on a study for the National Academy of Sciences that is aimed at understanding the degree to which there is diversity, equity, and inclusion in the pool of proposed leadership amongst those applying to NASA for competed space missions, and identifying elements of NASA’s system that may present barriers or benefits to potential proposers that result in a less diverse pool of leaders. She is also the co-Technical Lead on a large project for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) that involves various forms of technical assistance provided to ASPE and the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) to support reviews of physician-focused payment model proposals submitted by the public. She is also serving as the co-Technical Lead on another project for ASPE that involves assessing the landscape of federal data that can be used for patient-centered economic analyses.

Before coming to NORC, Srinivasan was a senior economist at IMPAQ International. She served as the Monitoring Domain Lead on a multi-year CMS-funded evaluation of a Medicare Appeals Demonstration aimed at improving the correctness of claim submissions and reducing the volume of claims that go through second and third level reconsiderations. For a project funded by AHRQ, she was the Task Lead for the production of AHRQ’s annual National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (NHQDR), which presents a comprehensive overview of the access to and quality of healthcare received by the U.S. population, and highlights disparities in care among racial and socioeconomic subgroups.

Srinivasan has conducted research on the health-related social needs of vulnerable populations, and has published in several peer-reviewed journals including the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, JAMA Internal Medicine, Public Health Reports, and the American Journal of Public Health. For example, she has analyzed how food assistance received via the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) impacts cost-related medication nonadherence among older adults. She has also been a co-investigator on several studies that have assessed food insecurity among various populations such as veterans and LGBTQ adults, among others.