Frances L. Lynch, PhD


Frances Lynch, PhD, MSPH, is a health economist whose research focuses on the organization and financing of care for people with mental health conditions. Her work has particularly focused on mental health and developmental conditions in children and the economic impact of these conditions on families. Dr. Lynch has extensive experience conducting economic evaluations of complex behavioral interventions including interventions for depression and anxiety disorders.

Dr. Lynch has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on more than 15 grants from the National Institutes of Health. She recently began a four-year study funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health that will assess the economic impact of autism spectrum disorder on families. 

Dr. Lynch has also conducted methodological research on quality of life in mental health conditions and methods for economic evaluation of interventions for mental health disorders. She recently completed studies examining service use and cost for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, a study evaluating an intensive prevention intervention for preschool children in foster care, and a study evaluating a school-based intervention for young foster children.  She is currently working on several studies that investigate risk factors for suicide and potential benefits of suicide prevention interventions. 

Dr. Lynch received her PhD in health economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, where she was the recipient of a fellowship in health economics from the National Institute of Mental Health. Following her doctoral work, Dr. Lynch was a post-doctoral fellow in children’s mental health in the Department of Mental Health  at Johns Hopkins University.  Dr. Lynch also holds a Master of Science degree in public health policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Selected Publications

  • Lynch FL & Dickerson JF.  Societal Costs of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Disorders.  In The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.  Editors, TH Ollendick, SW White & BA White.  New York: Oxford University Press.  2018. 
  • Lynch FL, Himes P, Gilmore MJ, Morris EM, Schneider JL, Kauffman TL, Shuster E, Reiss JA, Dickerson JF, Leo MC, Davis JV, McMullen CK, Wilfond BS, Goddard KAB. Time Costs for Genetic Counseling in Preconception Carrier Screening with Genome Sequencing.  J Genet Couns. 2018 Feb 8. doi: 10.1007/s10897-017-0205-5. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 29423569.
  • Lynch FL, Dickerson JF, Pears K, Fisher PA. Cost effectiveness of a school readiness intervention for foster children. Child Youth Serv Rev 2017 Oct;81:63-71.
  • Lynch FL, Dickerson JF, Feeny DH, Clarke GN, MacMillan AL.  Measuring Health-related Quality of Life in Teens With and Without Depression.  Med Care. 2016 Dec;54(12):1089-1097.  PMID: 27261639
  • Lynch FL. Population health outcome models in suicide prevention policy. Am J Prev Med 2014 Sep;47(3 Suppl 2):S137-S143.
  • Lynch FL, Dickerson JF, Clarie G, Vitiello B, Porta G, Wagner KD, Emslie G, Asarnow JR, Keller M, Birmaher B, Ryan ND, Kenard B, Mayes T, DeBar L, McCracken JT, Strober M, Suddath R, Spirito A, Onorato M, Zelazny J, Iyengar S, Brent D. Incremental cost-effectiveness of combined therapy versus medication only for youth with SSRI resistant depression: Findings from the TORDIA trial. Arch Gen Psychiatry 2011 Mar;68(3):253-62. PMCID: PMC3679348.
  • Simon GE, Johnson E, Lawrence JM, Rossom RC, Ahmedani B, Lynch FL, Beck A, Waitzfelder B, Ziebell R, Penfold RB, Shortreed SM. Predicting Suicide Attempts and Suicide Deaths Following Outpatient Visits Using Electronic Health Records.  Am J Psychiatry. 2018 May 24:appiajp201817101167. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2018.17101167. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID:29792051
  • Cummings JR, Lynch FL, Rust KC, Colemna KJ, Madden JM, Owen-Smith AA, Yau VM, Qian Y, Pearson KA, Crawford PM, Massolo ML, Quinn VP, Croen LA. Health Services Utilization among Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, in press.
  • Ahmedani BK, Stewart C, Simon GE, Lynch F, Lu CY, Waitzfelder BE, Solberg LI, Owen-Smith AA, Beck A, Copeland LA, Hunkeler EM, Rossom RC, Williams K. Racial/Ethnic differences in health care visits made before suicide attempt across the United States. Med Care 2015 May;53(5):430-5. PMCID: PMC4397662 [Available on 2016-05-01]

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