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Keith Humphreys, PhD   Download vCard
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Stanford Health Policy Associate

Stanford School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
401 N. Quarry Road, Room C-305
Stanford, CA 94305-5717
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Research Interests
Federal mental health and drug policies; veterans' health care; consumer-intensive health management programs; addictive disorders; differences between treatment research subjects and real-world patients.

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Keith Humphreys is a Professor and the Section Director for Mental Health Policy in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.  He is also a Senior Research Career Scientist at the VA Health Services Research Center in Palo Alto and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London.  His research addresses the prevention and treatment of addictive disorders, the formation of public policy and the extent to which subjects in medical research differ from patients seen in everyday clinical practice.

For his work in the multinational humanitarian effort to rebuild the psychiatric care system of Iraq and in the national redesign of the VA health system's mental health services for Iraq war veterans, he won the 2009 American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Public Interest.  He and the authors of "Drug Policy and the Public Good" won the 2010 British Medical Association's Award for Public Health Book of the Year.

Dr. Humphreys has been extensively involved in the formation of public policy, having served as a member of the White House Commission on Drug Free Communities, the VA National Mental Health Task Force, and the National Advisory Council of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  During the Obama Administration, he spent a sabbatical year as Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He has also testified on numerous occasions in Parliament and advises multiple government agencies in the U.K.  

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CDC binge-drinking study demonstrates cell phones' value in research
Keith Humphreys: "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new finding that 38 million Americans engage in binge drinking is, quite appropriately, causing widespread alarm. But below that headline is an important secondary point: We have been underestimating the rate of binge drinking for a long time because ..."
January 11, 2012 in Scope (blog)

College without booze: harder than it sounds
[Keith Humphreys] “Still Sociable at Stanford” wrote to Dear Abby last week asking for advice about a problem that usually isn’t mentioned in discussions of college drinking: How does a non-drinker handle social pressure to imbibe?
July 8, 2011 in Scope (blog)

Prescription drug addiction: How the epidemic is shaking up the policy world
Addiction expert Keith Humphreys, PhD, is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford and a career research scientist at the Palo Alto VA. He recently completed a one-year stint as a senior advisor in the Office of National Drug ...
April 25, 2011 in Scope (blog)

Governors to Congress: Help us fight prescription-drug abuse
Stanford addiction expert Keith Humphreys, PhD, is intimately familar with these problems, which also affect his home state of West Virginia. In January, he testified to the legislature there and outlined ways that officials can fight prescription-drug ...
April 14, 2011 in Scope (blog)

Keith Humphreys: Drug-addiction treatment programs for military families are ...
In an opinion piece titled "The Military's Bad Medicine," Stanford professor Keith Humphreys, PhD, and his co-author Harold Pollack, PhD, take a closer look at the military's handling of drug-addiction treatment.
April 14, 2011 in Scope (blog)

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