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Brianna Lombardi, Ph.D. ’18, named deputy director for Carolina Health Workforce Research Center

Brianna M. Lombardi, Ph.D. ‘18, was recently named deputy director for the Carolina Health Workforce Research Center at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.

Lombardi, who earned a master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, returns to UNC after serving as an assistant professor at Pitt.

In her new role at Carolina, Lombardi will hold appointments as an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and as a research assistant professor at the UNC School of Social Work.

In her research, Lombardi seeks to understand how health care practices and health systems deploy teams of providers to address the physical health, behavioral health, and social needs of vulnerable individuals through integrated models of care. Considered an expert in social worker roles on integrated health care teams, she uses innovative methods to study the expanding role of social workers in integrated primary care.

Lombardi’s work has been funded by grants through the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center at the University of Michigan.