Inaugural Matilda White Riley Honors: 2006
Distinguished Lecturer: David Mechanic, Ph.D.
Renè Dubos University Professor, Emeritus
Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Presentation: Delivery of Health Care Trends
Dr. David Mechanic is the Ren Dubos University Professor of Behavioral Sciences and director of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers University. Formerly with the University of Wisconsin, he came to Rutgers University in 1979, was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and established the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research. He directs the NIMH Center at Rutgers for Research on the Organization and Financing of Care for the Severely Mentally Ill and serves as the director of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards Program in Health Policy Research. A member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine, he has served on numerous panels of the NAS, federal agencies and non-profit organizations. He has received many awards, including the Distinguished Investigator Award from the Association for Health Services Research, the First Carl Taube Award for Distinguished Contributions to Mental Health Services Research from the American Public Health Association, and the Distinguished Medical Sociologist Award and Lifetime Contributions Award in Mental Health from the American Sociological Association. He has written or edited 24 books and approximately 400 research articles, chapters and other publications. His research and writing deal with social aspects of health and health care. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford.