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Monica O'Reilly-Jacob

Assistant Professor


Dr. Monica O’Reilly-Jacob, Ph.D., FNP-BC, is a nursing health services researcher with a focus in primary care. Major research themes include nurse practitioner policy and practice as well as low-value care. Through Medicare claims analysis and survey research, Dr. O’Reilly-Jacob examines NP scope of practice, the cost and quality of NP care and (re)emerging delivery system innovations such as NP-owned practices and NP home-based primary care.

In addition, Dr. O’Reilly-Jacob participates in interdisciplinary research teams to identify and examine questions related to the reduction of low-value care in the primary care setting. The overarching goal of her research is to capitalize on the cost-effective practice style of nurse practitioners to improve the appropriate utilization of primary care.

For ten years prior to her doctorate in health policy, Dr. O’Reilly-Jacob provided primary and urgent care to vulnerable populations in federally qualified community health centers and rural clinics of Central America.

Selected Appointments and awards

  • Visiting Research Scientist, Heller School of Social Policy & Management, Brandeis University
  • 2021 New Investigator Award, Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues, AcademyHealth
  • 2013 - 2018 Agency of Health Research & Quality, National Service Research Award, Grant No. 5T32 HS6224, Pre-doctoral Trainee

Selected Grants

  • American Nurses Foundation (PI), 2022-2025
    • Reimagining Nursing Initiative ($1,065,000)
    • Reducing Barriers to Value-based Care Payments in NP-led Primary Care
  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing (Co-PI), 2021-2022
    • Center for Regulatory Excellence Grant ($100,000)
    • Emerging Regulatory Issues in NP-provided Home-based Primary Care

Professional Activities

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Research Committee
  • AcademyHealth, Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues, member