Michael L. Schoenbaum

Cohort 2 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Senior Advisor for Mental Health Services, Epidemiology, and Economics
Office of Science Policy, Planning and Communications
National Institute of Mental Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bethesda, MD

Dr. Schoenbaum received his PhD in Economics from University of Michigan. In his current capacity, he directs a unit charged with conducting analyses of mental health burden, service use and costs, and intervention opportunities, 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 Servicemembers, 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; design and evaluation of decision-support tools to help consumers make health benefits choices; and international health sector development projects.


Discipline: Economics
Research Interests: Health Economics, Labor Economics