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 works closely with Carter Center Mental Health Program, where he is a member of the Mental Health Task Force and Journalism Advisory Board. He has been a member of two Institute of Medicine Committees, and has served as an expert consultant to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. At Emory, he directs the Center for Behavioral Health Policy Studies.
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.