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Hayley D. Germack

Assistant Professor
Acute & Tertiary Care


Dr. Germack is a nurse and health services and health policy researcher. Her research focuses on improving the delivery of quality healthcare for vulnerable populations. Currently, her research examines the effect of state Medicaid policy on outcomes for people with mental illness and the role of the nurse practitioner workforce in delivering mental health care.

After earning her BA in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, she went on to complete her BSN and PhD in four years as a Hillman Scholar in Nursing Innovation at Penn Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR). At CHOPR, Dr. Germack received advanced training in nursing outcomes research through a T32 funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). Her pre- and post-doctoral research examined how the organizational context of acute inpatient care mediates the outcomes of nursing interventions, with a particular focus on Magnet® accreditation. Dr. Germack also served as Executive Director of an mHealth tool, re:Mind, to improve care coordination for patients discharged from acute inpatient psychiatric stays. She went on to receive additional training in health services and community engaged research as the first nurse in the National Clinician Scholars Program at Yale University.

Dr. Germack has taught health policy, quantitative methods, and community based participatory research to undergraduate students and nurses.

Dr. Germack is actively involved in professional research organizations including AcademyHealth, where she Chairs the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues (IRGNI).  She lives in Squirrel Hill with her husband and son. She is also a competitive runner. 

Clinical Emphasis

Mental health
Primary care

Scholarly Emphasis

Health services research
Health policy
Workforce research

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Dr. Germack teaches health policy at the undergraduate and graduate levels.