As the first Rosalynn Carter Chair in Mental Health at Emory University, Dr. Druss is working to build linkages between mental health, general medical health, and public health. He directs the Center for Behavioral Health Policy Studies, whose mission is to improve the lives of people with mental and substance use disorders through research, education, and service. He works closely with Carter Center Mental Health Program, where he is a member of the Mental Health Task Force and Journalism Advisory Board. Dr. Druss serves on the Editorial Board of JAMA Psychiatry, The American Journal of Psychiatry, General Hospital Psychiatry, and edits the Integrated Care Column for Psychiatric Services. He is a member of the National Insitute of Mental Health's National Advisory Mental Health Council.
Dr. Druss’s research focuses on improving physical health and healthcare among persons with serious mental disorders. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles on this and related topics, including the first randomized trial of an intervention to improve medical care in this population in 2001. He has received a number of national awards for his work including the 2013 Health Services Research Senior Scholar Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the 2013 Armin Loeb Award from the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.