Dr. Christy Lemak, PhD, FACHE

University of Michigan

United States


Christy Harris Lemak is Associate Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Lemak’s research focuses on various aspects of organizations that serve vulnerable populations. In recent years, her funded research has focused on Medicaid programs and providers, community-based collaboratives, and substance abuse treatment providers. She is currently part of a team conducting an independent evaluation of Florida’s Medicaid Reform Initiative and has studied other Medicaid demonstrations, including a minority physician network and a provider service network.

Dr. Lemak previously directed evaluations of community collaborations to improve access for the uninsured in three Florida counties. She is a consultant to a national study of managed care in substance abuse treatment organizations funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dr. Lemak’s work has been published in health services and behavioral health services research journals, including Health Services Research, Medical Care Research and Review, Journal of Health Services for the Poor and Underserved, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, and Psychiatric Services. She serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, the Journal of Health Administration Education, and Health Administration Press.

Dr. Lemak teaches management, strategy, and leadership at the University of Michigan. Before coming to Michigan, she was on the faculty of the Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy at the University of Florida. At Florida, she was recipient of Department and College teaching awards and the 2005 College of Public Health and Health Professions Faculty Leadership Award. Dr. Lemak is currently Past-Chair of the Academy of Management Health Care Management Division.

Dr. Lemak holds a PhD in Health Services Organization and Policy from the University of Michigan (1998), MHA and MBA degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia (1988), and a BS in Health Planning and Administration from the University of Illinois (1986).