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Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford Health Policy Associate

Stanford School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
401 N. Quarry Road, Room C-305
Stanford, CA 94305-5717

(650) 617-2746 (voice)
(650) 617-2736 (fax)

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.


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.  

Stanford Affiliations


Other Affiliations

VA HSR&D Center for Health Care Evaluation American Psychological Association