Ronald C. Kessler, Ph.D.
McNeil Family Professor of Health Care Policy
Ronald C. Kessler, PhD is the McNeil Family Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School (HMS), where he carries out research in psychiatric epidemiology, the targeting and evaluation of interventions for the prevention of common mental disorders and their sequela (most notably suicide and interpersonal violence), and the development of multivariate clinical decision support tools for the precision treatment of mental disorders. He is also one of the two Co-Directors (with Dr. Somnath Chatterji) of the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health (WMH) Survey Initiative, the Director of the WMH Data Coordination Centre at HMS, the HMS Site PI of the STARRS epidemiological-neurobiological studies of Army and Veterans suicides, and the HMS Site PI of the AURORA Study of the biological bases of neuropsychiatric responses to traumatic life events. Dr. Kessler was trained at Temple University (BA in Sociology 1970), New York University (PhD in Sociology 1975) and the University of Wisconsin (Postdoctoral fellow in Psychiatric Epidemiology 1977) before joining the faculty of the Sociology Department at the University of Michigan in 1979. Kessler was a Professor of Sociology in Michigan as the time he joined the Harvard Medical School Faculty in 2014.