Harold Pincus, MD

Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons

Harold Alan Pincus, M.D., is professor and vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons; director of quality and outcomes research at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and co-director of Columbia’s Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. He is also the national director of the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program (funded by Atlantic Philanthropies and the John A. Hartford Foundation) and 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 and directed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Program on Depression in Primary Care and the John A. Hartford Foundation’s national program on Building Interdisciplinary Geriatric Research Centers. Earlier, Pincus was the deputy medical director of the American Psychiatric Association and the founding director of APA’s Office of Research. He served as special assistant to the director of the NIMH and also on White House and Congressional staffs as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. Pincus was vice chair of the task force on DSM IV and has been appointed to the editorial boards of ten major scientific journals. He has authored or co-authored over 400 scientific publications on health services research, science policy, research career development, and the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. Among other recent projects, he has led the national evaluation of mental health services for veterans, the redesign of primary care/behavioral health relationships in New Orleans, a National Institutes of Health-funded national study of research mentoring, and, with regard to health and mental health integration, evaluation of model programs (for HHS) and development of an agenda for quality measurement (for the Commonwealth Fund). He has also been a consultant to multiple federal and international agencies and private organizations, including the U.S. Secret Service, OECD, European Commission, and the MacArthur Foundation. He co-chairs the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Disease (ICD 11) Technical Advisory Group on Quality and Patient Safety. He has also chaired or served on many national and international committees including those for the Institute of Medicine/National Academies, the NIH, committees on quality measurement for the Medicaid and Medicare programs, National Committee on Quality Assurance and National Quality Forum (currently co-chairing the Measurement Applications Partnership which reviews and makes recommendations regarding all quality measures as part of the Affordable Care Act). He has received the Menninger Award from the American College of Physicians and the Research Mentorship Award from the American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry and the APA. For over 22 years he worked one night a week treating the severely mentally ill at a community clinic.