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Harold A. Pincus

Professor of Psychiatry (in Health Policy & Management)
College of Physicians and Surgeons , Public Health
Psychiatry Department
NYS Psychiatric Institute Room 5813 Unit/Box:09 1051 Riverside Drive New York, NY 10032
  • Director of Quality and Outcomes Research, New York-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Co-Director, Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Columbia University

Harold Alan Pincus, M.D. is Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Co-director of the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at Columbia University and Director of Quality and Outcomes Research at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Pincus also serves as a Senior Scientist at the RAND Corporation. Previously he was Director of the RAND-University of Pittsburgh Health Institute and Executive Vice Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, where he still maintains an adjunct professorship. He is the National Director of the Atlantic Philanthropies' Health and Aging Policy Fellowship and previously directed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s national program on Depression in Primary Care: Linking Clinical and Systems Strategies and the Hartford Foundation’s national program on Building Interdisciplinary Geriatric Research Centers. Dr. Pincus has also served as the Deputy Medical Director of the American Psychiatric Association and the founding director of APA’s Office of Research. Prior to joining the APA, he was the Special Assistant to the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health.

Dr. Pincus graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Following completion of residency at George Washington University Medical Center, Dr. Pincus was named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar. As a Clinical Scholar, Dr. Pincus served as a professional staff member of the President’s Commission on Mental Health at the White House and, subsequently, as a congressional fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Dr. Pincus was Vice Chair of the Task Force on DSM-IV, Co-Chair of the Work Group to Update the Text of DSM-IV (DSM-IV-TR), and has been appointed to the editorial boards of ten major scientific journals. He has edited or co-authored 23 books and over 300 scientific publications in health services research, science policy, research career development and the diagnosis, classification and treatment of mental disorders. Dr. Pincus has had a particular research interest in the practice of evidence-based medicine, quality improvement and the relationships among general medicine, mental health, and substance abuse, developing and empirically testing models of those relationships. He has led major health policy and services research and research training projects totaling over $100 million in external funding. He is the Principal Investigator of the congressionally mandated National Evaluation of Mental Health Services for Veterans.

He has also been a consultant to federal agencies and private organizations, including the U.S. Secret Service, John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation and the World Health Organization. Dr. Pincus has chaired committees for NIH and served on several Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences Committees including Crossing the Quality Chasm in Behavioral Health and Cancer Care for the Whole Patient, as well as the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Disease Oversight Committee, World Psychiatric Association Section on Economics, Behavioral Measurement Advisory Panel of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and numerous other national and international committees. He is chair of the Medicaid Task Force for the Measurement Applications Partnership, authorized under the Affordable Care Act, co-chair of the National Quality Forum Behavioral Health Steering Committee and the World Health Organization ICD-11 Committee on Quality and Patient Safety.

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