Ronald C. Kessler, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School
Department of Health Care Policy
180 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5899
Publications in PubMed.
Ronald C. Kessler, Ph.D. is the McNeil Family Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and the Administrative PI of the Army STARRS Harvard Medical School subcontract.
Dr. Kessler earned his Ph.D in sociology from New York University in 1975 and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology at the University of Wisconsin before joining the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1979. He was a Professor of Sociology and a Program Director at Michigan’s Institute for Social Research at the time he took his current position at Harvard in 1994.
Kessler’s research deals broadly with the social determinants of mental health and illness as studied from an epidemiological perspective. He is the author of over 500 publications and the recipient of many awards for his research, including Senior Scientist and MERIT awards from the National Institute of Mental Health. He has been rated by ISI as the most widely cited researcher in the world in the field of psychiatry for each of the past nine years. He is a member of both the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences. He is the Principal Investigator of the U.S. National Comorbidity Survey, the first nationally representative survey of the prevalence and correlates of mental disorders in the US (www.hcp.med.harvard.edu/ncs), and a Co-Director of the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health Survey Initiative, a series of comparative community epidemiological surveys of the prevalence and correlates of mental disorders and treatment for these disorders in 28 countries around the world (www.hcp.med.harvard.edu/wmh). In addition to his epidemiological studies, Kessler is involved in evaluating a number of innovative programs for the prevention and treatment of mental illness in high-risk segments of the population.