Michael Schoenbaum, Ph.D.
Michael Schoenbaum, PhD, is Senior Advisor for Mental Health Services, Epidemiology, and Economics in the Office of the Director at the National Institute of Mental Health, NIH. Dr. Schoenbaum is a health and labor economist, with additional expertise in economic demography. At NIMH, he directs a unit charged with conducting analyses of mental health burden, service use and costs, intervention opportunities, and other policy-related issues, in support of Institute decision-making. His responsibilities also include helping to strengthen NIMH's relationships with outside stakeholders, both public and private, to increase the public health impact of NIMH-supported research.
Dr. Schoenbaum's research has focused particularly on the costs and benefits of interventions to improve health and health care, evaluated from the perspectives of patients, providers, payers and society. He is currently a scientific principal in NIMH's Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Service Members, a study of risk and protective factors for suicidality in the US Army; and is working on initiatives with the Social Security Administration, the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Business Group on Health, and the WHO's World Mental Health Survey Initiative, among others.
Prior to joining NIMH, Dr. Schoenbaum spent nine years at the RAND Corporation, where his work included studies of the feasibility and consequences of improving care for common mental disorders, particularly depression; studies of the social epidemiology and economic consequences of chronic illness and disability; evaluation of the costs and benefits of Congressionally-mandated reforms to the health insurance available to military services members and dependents; design and evaluation of decision-support tools to help consumers make health benefits choices; and international health sector development projects. Dr. Schoenbaum was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in health policy at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1995-1997; and completed a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1995.