Carolyn S. Dewa, M.P.H., Ph.D. for UC Davis Health

Carolyn S. Dewa, M.P.H., Ph.D.

Chair, Grad Group in Public Health Sciences

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences



Health Economics

Health Policy

Health Services Research

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2450 48th St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Carolyn Dewa's research focuses on work disability related to mental disorders. She also studies the provision and access to mental health services and supports to people experiencing mental illnesses. Her recent studies have examined the successful continuous employment of people with severe and persistent mental illnesses as well as the work retention of workers with depression and stigma experienced by workers with mental disorders and barriers to work accommodations.


Health Policy and Management

Undergraduate School

B.A., Wellesley College, Wellesley MA 1985

Other School

M.P.H., Health Administration, San Diego State University, School of Public Health, San Diego CA 1987

Other School

Ph.D., Health Economics, The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore MD 1998


Health Policy and Management, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA 1994-1996

Graduate Student Association Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate Students, 2021

UC Davis Graduate Studies Distinguished Graduate and Postdoctoral Mentoring Award, 2021

UC Davis Aggie Hero for Dedication to the University, discipline and spirit of giving back, 2018, 2019

Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Public Health Agency of Canada Applied Public Health Chair, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Career Scientist Award Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Dewa CS, Hoch JS, Loong D, Trojanowski L, Bonato S. Evidence for the Cost-Effectiveness of Return-to-Work Interventions for Mental Illness Related Sickness Absences: A Systematic Literature Review. J Occup Rehabil. 2021 Mar;31(1):26-40. doi:10.1007/s10926-020-09904-z. PMID:32495150.

Dewa CS, Weeghel JV, Joosen MC, Brouwers EP. What Could Influence Workers' Decisions to Disclose a Mental Illness at Work? Int J Occup Environ Med. 2020 Jul;11(3):119-127. doi:10.34172/ijoem.2020.1870. PMID:32683424.

Dewa CS, Nieuwenhuijsen K, Holmes-Sullivan KJ, Singh AK, Drakakaki G. Introducing plant biology graduate students to a culture of mental well-being. Plant Direct. 2020 Apr 5;4(4):e00211. doi:10.1002/pld3.211. PMID:32259000.

Dewa CS, Nieuwenhuijsen K, Hoch JS. Deciphering the Relationship Between Health Care Provider Burnout and Quality of Care. Ann Intern Med. 2019 Oct 15;171(8):589-590. doi:10.7326/M19-2760. Epub 2019 Oct 8. PMID:31590188.

Cimo A, Dewa CS. Tailoring Diabetes Education to Meet the Needs of Adults With Type 2 Diabetes and Mental Illness: Client and Health-Care Provider Perspectives From an Exploratory Pilot Study. Can J Diabetes. 2019 Aug;43(6):421-428.e3. doi:10.1016/j.jcjd.2018.09.008. Epub 2018 Sep 24. PMID:30527639.

Dewa CS, Hoch JS, Corbière M, Villotti P, Trojanowski L, Sultan-Taïeb H, Zaniboni S, Fraccaroli F. A Comparison of Healthcare Use and Costs for Workers with Psychiatric Disabilities Employed in Social Enterprises Versus Those Who Are Not Employed and Seeking Work. Community Ment Health J. 2019 Feb;55(2):202-210. doi:10.1007/s10597-018-0281-5. Epub 2018 May 8. PMID:29737444.

Dewa CS, Hoch JS, Nieuwenhuijsen K, Parikh SV, Sluiter JK. Toward Effective Work Accommodations for Depression: Examining the Relationship Between Different Combinations of Depression Symptoms and Work Productivity Losses. J Occup Environ Med. 2019 Jan;61(1):75-80. doi:10.1097/JOM.0000000000001486. PMID:30358657.

Dewa CS. Is Work Just Another 4-Letter Word? Can J Psychiatry. 2018 Dec;63(12):796–7. doi:10.1177/0706743718814431. Epub 2018 Dec 26.

Dewa CS, Trojanowski L, Tamminga SJ, Ringash J, McQuestion M, Hoch JS. Work-related experiences of head and neck cancer survivors: an exploratory and descriptive qualitative study. Disabil Rehabil. 2018 Jun;40(11):1252-1258. doi:10.1080/09638288.2017.1291764. Epub 2017 Feb 25. PMID:28637151.