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 has been leading projects to support the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) prepare consensus reports in the areas of behavioral health and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is also playing lead roles on multiple technical assistance and research projects for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). For example, she co-led several technical assistance tasks to support ASPE and the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) make recommendations on how addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH) and equity can help to optimize health care delivery and value-based transformation in the context of Alternative Payment Models (APMs) and physician-focused payment models (PFPMs) specifically. She is also leading the development of white papers for ASPE that assess the current state of the federal data infrastructure that can be used for patient-centered evaluations of the economic burdens and impacts of treatments and healthcare services.

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 on the impacts of food and nutrition assistance programs. She has published her research on these topics in several, eminent peer-reviewed journals including Health Affairs, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, JAMA Internal Medicine, the American Journal of Public Health, and Public Health Reports. 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 published several studies that have assessed food insecurity among various populations such as healthcare workers, veterans and LGBTQ adults, among others. Her high-impact research has received media attention as well as requests for discussions from policymakers.

Srinivasan currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.