Harold Pincus

Harold Pincus

Harold Pincus

Psychiatry (in Health Policy and Management)


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New York NY 10025
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Harold Alan Pincus, M.D. is Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and Director of Quality and Outcomes Research at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Associate Director of Columbia's Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. 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 Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program (funded by Atlantic Philanthropies), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's National Program on Depression in Primary Care: Linking Clinical and Systems Strategies and the John A. 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 and Executive Director of the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education. Prior to joining the APA, he was the Special Assistant to the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health.



MD, 1975, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
BA, 1972, University of Pennsylvania

Editorial Boards

Contributing Editor, Current Opinion in Psychiatry
Editor, Molecular Psychiatry
Editor, The Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics

Columbia Affiliations

Associate Director, Irving Institute for Clinical/Translational Research

Academic Appointments

Director, Quality and Outcomes Research

Other Affiliations

Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
Member, AcademyHealth
Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine

Honors & Awards

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar, 1977 - 1979
William C. Menninger Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions to Mental Health Science, American College of Physicians, 1997
Senior Scholar in Health Services Research Award, American Psychiatric Association, 2001
Emily Mumford Award, Columbia University, 2002
Vestermark Award for Contributions to Psychiatric Education, American Psychiatric Association and National Institute of Mental Health

Areas of Expertise

Aging and Elderly, Outcomes Research, Research Design and Methods, Healthcare Policy, Healthcare Providers, Depression, Mental Health

Select Global Activities

International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership, Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Taiwan

Select Publications

Pincus HA. Challenges and pathways for clinical and translational research: why is this research different from all other research? Acad Med. 84(4): 411-2. 2009 Apr;
Bremer RW, Scholle SH, Keyser D, Houtsinger JV, Pincus HA. Pay for performance in behavioral health. Psychiatr Serv. 59(12): 1419-29 2008 Dec
Keyser DJ, Lakoski JM, Lara-Cinisomo S, Schultz DJ, Williams VL, Zellers DF, Pincus HA. Advancing institutional efforts to support research mentorship: a conceptual framework and self-assessment tool. Acad Med. 83(3): 217-25. 2008 Mar;
Pincus HA, Page AE, Druss B, Appelbaum PS, Gottlieb G, England MJ. Can psychiatry cross the quality chasm? Improving the quality of health care for mental and substance use conditions. Am J Psychiatry. 164(5): 712-9. 2007 May;
Horvitz-Lennon M, Kilbourne AM, Pincus HA. From silos to bridges: meeting the general health care needs of adults with severe mental illnesses. Health Aff (Millwood). 25(3): 659-69. 2006 May-Jun;
Pincus HA, Tanielian TL, Marcus SC, Olfson M, Zarin DA, Thompson J, Magno Zito J. Prescribing trends in psychotropic medications: primary care, psychiatry, and other medical specialties. JAMA. 279(7): 526-31. 1998 Feb 18;
Pincus HA, Dial TH, Haviland MG. Research activities of full-time faculty in academic departments of psychiatry. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 50(8): 657-64. 1993 Aug;
Pincus HA, Frances A, Davis WW, First MB, Widiger TA. DSM-IV and new diagnostic categories: holding the line on proliferation. Am J Psychiatry. 149(1): 112-7. 1992 Jan;
Frances A, Pincus HA, Widiger TA, Davis WW, First MB. DSM-IV: work in progress. Am J Psychiatry. 147(11): 1439-48 1990 Nov;
Pincus HA, Strain JJ, Houpt JL, Gise LH. Models of mental health training in primary care. JAMA. 249(22): 3065-8. 1983 Jun 10

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