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Emma Beth McGinty, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 359
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2013
MS, Columbia University Teachers College, 2006


Dr. McGinty’s research focuses on how health and social policies affect mental health and substance use. She is interested in integration of behavioral, somatic and social services for people with mental illness and substance use disorders. She also studies policy issues at the juncture of behavioral health and criminal justice policy. Her research examines implementation and outcomes of Affordable Care Act and other policy initiatives designed to integrate the financing and delivery of services for vulnerable populations, for example Maryland’s Medicaid Health Home program for persons for persons with serious mental illness; state-level efforts to enroll justice-involvement populations in Medicaid; how policies to prevent people with serious mental illness from having guns affect stigma, mental health treatment seeking, and gun violence; how health and criminal justice policies can reduce non-medical use of prescription pain medications; and how illegal drug markets affect community violence. In addition, Dr. McGinty has an overarching interest in policy communication, public opinion, and message framing. She conducts public opinion and experimental message framing research focused on mental illness, addiction, stigma, and violence.

At the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dr. McGinty is a core faculty member in the Institute for Health and Social Policy, Center for Gun Policy and Research, and the Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy Research, where she serves as Deputy Director. She completed her PhD in Health and Public Policy from the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2013 and was awarded a MS in Health and Behavior Studies from Columbia University in 2006.

Honors and Awards

Maryland Healthcare Commission Research Fellow, 2011-2013

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Sommer Scholar, 2009-2013

  • mental illness
  • substance use
  • violence
  • disability policy
  • social policy

Recent publications:

  • McGinty EE, Kennedy-Hendricks A, Choksy S, Barry CL (2016). Trends in news media coverage of mental illness in the United States: 1995-2014.  Health Affairs, In press.
  • McGinty EE, Choksy S, Wintemute GJ (2016).  The relationship between controlled substances and violence.  Epidemiologic Reviews, In press.
  • McGinty EE, Baller J, Azrin St, Juliano-Bult D, Daumit GL (2015).  Interventions to address medical conditions and health risk behaviors among persons with serious mental illness: A comprehensive review.  Schizophrenia Bulletin.  In Press.
  • McGinty EE, Busch SH, Stuart EA, Huskamp HA, Gibson T, Goldman HG, Barry CL (2015).  How does federal parity affect out-of-network substance use disorder treatment? Health Affairs, 34(8): 1331-1339.
  • McGinty EE, Goldman HH, Pescosolido B, Barry CL (2015).  Portraying mental illness and drug addiction as treatable health conditions: Effects of a randomized experiment on stigma and discrimination.  Social Science and Medicine, 126, 73-85.