Harold Alan Pincus

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Adjunct Researcher
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M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine; B.A., University of Pittsburgh


Harold Alan Pincus is an adjunct researcher at the RAND Corporation. He is also 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. 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. He is the National Director of the Atlantic Philanthropies/John A. Hartford Foundation Health and Aging Policy Fellowship and previously directed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program on depression in primary care. 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. Pincus chairs and/or serves on multiple national/international committees for NIH, HHS, National Academy of Medicine, WHO/ICD 11, National Quality Forum, APA/DSM-IV, PCORI, and has over 400 scientific publications in health services research and evaluation, health and science policy, quality, behavioral health/primary care integration, research career development and mentoring. He has led projects totaling over $200 million in external funding. Pincus graduated with a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and completed his residency at George Washington University Medical Center, as well as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar fellowship.