Dr. Lich specializes in the application of systems thinking, operations research, and systems science simulation modeling techniques for health policy, public health delivery, and medical decision making. Dr. Lich has been invited to talk about the use of systems science methods to inform policy and the dissemination and implementation of evidence-informed practice in a variety of settings, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Veterans Health Administration, and numerous meetings and workshops. She teaches on these topics at UNC and co-led the System Dynamics track at the NIH-sponsored Institute for Systems Science and Health during the summer of 2012.
Dr. Lich has worked most extensively in tobacco control and health system planning, but recent projects involve developing both qualitative and quantitative models to support informed decision-making about how to allocate limited resources to translate evidence into real-world practice around stroke care, severe mental illness, care for children and youth with special health care needs, and colon cancer in collaboration with federal, state and community partners across the United States. Her research passion is to advance the way we use models (both quantitative and qualitative) and local data to improve decision making by engaging system stakeholders in the process.