Contact Information: Primary Research Interest:
Godchaux Hall 406 Health Care Workforce
461 21St Ave South
Nashville, TN 37240
Dr. Muench is an interdisciplinary health services researcher at the intersection of nursing, health policy, and health care economics. Her work seeks to understand and improve effectiveness, efficiency, and equity in health care. Applying primarily quantitative methods, she draws on methodologies from Economics, Sociology, and Political Science.
Beyond health care workforce, her research interests include provider behaviors and incentives, health care labor market outcomes, quality of care, gender inequality in the workplace, comparative health care systems, and quantitative methods.
She was recently awarded funding ($238,000) from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to study the prescribing practices of nurse practitioners and physicians providing services to Medicare beneficiaries.
Dr. Muench will be joining the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California San Francisco as an assistant professor in the fall 2014.
She trained as a nurse in the UK and as a nurse practitioner in the United States. She holds degrees from Yale, Cambridge University, and the University of London.