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David A. Pollack M.D.

    • Professor of Psychiatry School of Medicine

David A. Pollack, M.D., is Professor for Public Policy in the departments of Psychiatry, Family Medicine, and Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), Portland, Oregon. His activities include teaching, writing, and consulting on policy, systems, health reform, and medical leadership issues to various local, state, and national organizations. He also consults on services research projects.He served as Medical Director for the Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS, now AMH) for the Oregon Department of Human Services from 2002-2006, and as Associate Director of the Public Psychiatry Training Program from 1987-2006, and continues to teach medical students, social work students, and residents for that program. He also teaches health policy related topics for the OHSU Division of Management’s Health Management MBA and Certificate programs.Dr. Pollack has worked as a community and public psychiatrist in Oregon for over 36 years. For nearly 11 years he served as Medical Director at Mental Health Services West, a large community mental health center in downtown Portland. He has written about, and done presentations at numerous meetings on various aspects of the following issues:Community Psychiatry, Psychopharmacology, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Psychosocial Aspects of the Arms Race, Mental Health Delivery Systems, Mental Health Care Financing, Psychiatric Aspects of HIV, Mental Health Integration with Primary Care, Disaster Psychiatry, Behavioral Health Workforce Development, and Behavioral Health Services Research Infrastructure Development.Since 1989, he has been an active member of the Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Subcommittee of the Oregon Health Services Commission. His work on the Oregon Health Plan helped to shape how mental health services were integrated into that innovative health care reform project. The experiences derived from that work contribute to his ongoing work on health care reform and mental health policy.In 1997 he co-edited and published Managed Mental Health Care in the Public Sector: A Survival Manual. In 1999, another co-edited book was published addressing the issues of the interface between mental health and primary care, Advancing Mental Health and Primary Care Collaboration in the Public Sector. In 2004, he organized and edited a book on the use of force in psychiatry, Moving from Coercion to Collaboration in Mental Health Services.In the fall of 1998, he went to Washington, DC, as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, in which capacity he worked in the Health Office of Senator Edward Kennedy. His work in the Kennedy office included the development of health and mental health related legislation, constituent and lobbying activities, speech writing, and interactions with federal regulatory agencies. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and currently serves as a member of the Scientific Program Committee for the annual Psychiatric Services Institute. He served on the APA’s Council for Advocacy and Public Policy from 2001-2006. He previously served as a member of the Committee on Psychiatry and the Community in the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. He has been a member of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists (AACP) since its inception and has served on its board since 1990. His work with AACP has included a strong emphasis on health care reform and delivery system issues. He has chaired the Program Committee for over 18 years, maintaining responsibility for identifying and organizing topics and presenters on issues that are current and important to public sector mental health.


  • M.D., Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 0 0 1973
  • B.A., Northwestern University, 0 0 1969
  • Residency:

    • Psychiatry Residency, OHSU, 1973-76

Memberships and associations

  • American Psychiatric Association Oregon District Branch, American Psychiatric Association American Association of Community Psychiatrists Physicians for Social Responsibility Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry


  • "A crisis in the public service psychiatric workforce." Psychiatric Times In: , Vol. 34, No. 2, 01.02.2017.
  • "Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care : Consulting, Coordinating and Collaborating Among Professionals." Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM In: , Vol. 28, 01.09.2015, p. S21-S31.
  • "Preparing the Workforce for Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration." Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM In: , Vol. 28, 01.09.2015, p. S41-S51.
  • "The American Psychiatric Association response to the "Joint principles : Integrating behavioral health care into the patient-centered medical home"." Families, Systems and Health  In: , Vol. 32, No. 2, 2014, p. 147-148.
  • "Defining the medical home : The Oregon experience." Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine In: , Vol. 25, No. 6, 11.2012, p. 869-877.
  • "Integrated care and psychiatrists."  Handbook of Community Psychiatry. Springer New York, 2012. p. 163-175.
  • "Progress in workforce development since 2000 : Advanced training opportunities in public and community psychiatry." Psychiatric Services  In: , Vol. 62, No. 7, 07.2011, p. 782-788.
  • "Effective mental health consumer education : A preliminary exploration." Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research In: , Vol. 38, No. 1, 01.2011, p. 105-113.
  • "Reflections on working for Senator Edward Kennedy, a vital ally in the effort to improve mental health access and care." Community Mental Health Journal In: , Vol. 46, No. 2, 04.2010, p. 103-111.
  • "Dr Hartung and colleagues reply." Journal of Clinical Psychiatry In: , Vol. 70, No. 8, 08.2009, p. 1189-1190.
  • "Patterns of atypical antipsychotic subtherapeutic dosing among Oregon Medicaid patients." Journal of Clinical Psychiatry In: , Vol. 69, No. 10, 10.2008, p. 1540-1547.
  • "Preparing to implement medication algorithms : Staff perspectives and system infrastructure." Journal of Psychiatric Practice In: , Vol. 14, No. 4, 07.2008, p. 209-215.
  • "Medication access and continuity under Medicare Part D." American Journal of Psychiatry In: , Vol. 164, No. 5, 05.2007, p. 700-701.
  • "Initial results of the use of prescription order change forms to achieve dose form optimization (consolidation and tablet splitting) of SSRI antidepressants in a state medicaid program." Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy In: , Vol. 12, No. 6, 07.2006, p. 449-456.
  • "Outcomes of patients in a low-intensity, short-duration involuntary outpatient commitment program." Psychiatric Services In: , Vol. 56, No. 7, 07.2005, p. 863-866.
  • "Validity and reliability of an inpatient severity of psychiatric illness measure." International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research In: , Vol. 14, No. 2, 2005, p. 102-108.
  • "Ethical health policy work at the governmental level." Psychiatric Annals In: , Vol. 34, No. 2, 02.2004, p. 159-166.
  • "Psychiatric trauma in the age of terrorism : A commentary on "psychiatric disorders among victims of a courthouse shooting spree"." Community Mental Health Journal In: , Vol. 38, No. 3, 06.2002, p. 195-197.
  • "The integrated system's view." New directions for mental health services In: , No. 81, 1999, p. 41-51.
  • "The mental health provider's view." New directions for mental health services In: , No. 81, 1999, p. 25-32.
  • "Integration of mental and physical health concerns." New directions for mental health services In: , No. 81, 1999, p. 1-3.
  • "A three-decade perspective on community and public psychiatry training in Oregon." Psychiatric Services  In: , Vol. 49, No. 9, 09.1998, p. 1208-1211.
  • "A psychiatric defense of aid in dying." Community Mental Health Journal  In: , Vol. 34, No. 6, 1998, p. 547-556.
  • "Is there a role for physician assistants in community mental health?" Community Mental Health Journal In: , Vol. 34, No. 2, 1998, p. 209-219.
  • "The role of psychiatrists in community mental health centers : A survey of job descriptions." Community Mental Health Journal  In: , Vol. 31, No. 6, 12.1995, p. 571-577.
  • "Comments on "training HIV specialists for community mental health"." Community Mental Health Journal In: , Vol. 30, No. 4, 08.1994, p. 415-417.
  • "Prioritization of mental health services in Oregon." The Milbank quarterly In: , Vol. 72, No. 3, 1994, p. 515-550.
  • "Managed mental health in the Oregon Health Plan." New directions for mental health services In: , No. 59, 09.1993, p. 41-54.
  • "Ethics and value strategies used in prioritizing mental health services in Oregon." HEC Forum In: , Vol. 5, No. 5, 09.1993, p. 322-339.
  • "What's in it for the community? Public academic liaison and local mental health agencies." Administration and Policy in Mental Health In: , Vol. 20, No. 6, 07.1993, p. 437-448.

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