Susan M. Essock, PhD
Edna L. Edison Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Division of Mental Health Services & Policy Research,
Columbia University, Department of Psychiatry
New York State Psychiatric Institute
Susan M. Essock, Ph.D. is the Director of the Division of Mental Health Services and Policy Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University. Prior to assuming this role, she was Director of the Division of Health Services Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine from 1998-2007. Before joining Mount Sinai, Dr. Essock was the Director of Psychological Services for the public mental health system in Connecticut for 10 years, where she oversaw quality assurance, including the development and implementation of tools for program monitoring. Her initiatives ranged from establishing routine examinations of secondary data to make inferences about program performance to conducting multi-site randomized clinical trials evaluating the cost effectiveness of alternative treatment approaches for people with serious mental disorders. These clinical trials included investigations of the cost effectiveness of the atypical antipsychotic clozapine and the cost effectiveness of assertive community treatment teams.
From 1990-2012, Dr. Essock was a member of IBM Corporation’s Mental Health Advisory Board, a Board charged with monitoring the quality of services provided by IBM’s managed care vendor to IBM beneficiaries seeking treatment for psychiatric and substance-use disorders. Hence she is familiar with a wide range of treatment and system challenges posed by people needing behavioral health care, both in the public and in the private sector. Dr. Essock is a past Chair of the NIMH Services Research review committee, past Chair of the NIMH Intervention Research review committee, past member of the NIMH National Advisory Mental Health Council, and, as of April 2013, a member of the National Advisory Council for the Center for Scientific Review of the National Institute of Health.
Undergraduate: Mount Holyoke College: Psychology , A.B. , 1972
Graduate: Brown University: Psychology , Ph.D., 1977
Internship: Connecticut Valley Hospital, Clinical Psychology Internship (APA accredited), 1991-1992
Fellowship: Neuropsychiatric Institute, University of California, Postdoctoral Fellow, 1977-1980
Post-Graduate: Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM), MCP/Hahnemann University National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine, Hedwig van Ameringen Delegate, 2005-2006
• Mental Health Services Research
• Performance Measures
NYS Psychiatric Institute
Room 6002 Unit/Box:100
1051 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10032
Dr. Essock’s main research interests are facilitating the translation of research findings into mental health policy and practice and evaluating the impact of behavioral health services.
1. Essock SM, Mueser KT, Drake RE, Covell NH, McHugo GJ, Frisman LK, Kontos NJ, Jackson CT, Townsend F, Swain K: Comparison of ACT and standard case management for delivering integrated treatment for co-occuring disorders. . Psychiatric Services 2006;57: 185-196
2. Essock SM, Covell NH, Davis SM, Stroup TS, Rosenheck RA, Lieberman JA: Effectiveness of switching antipsychotic medications. American Journal of Psychiatry 2006;163: 2090-2095
3. Essock SM, Covell NH, Leckman-Westin E, Lieberman J, Sederer L, Kealey E, Finnerty M, and members of the Scientific Advisory Committee: Identifying clinically questionable psychotropic prescribing practices for Medicaid recipients in New York State. Psychiatric Services 2009;60: 1595-1602
4. Essock SM, Schooler N, Stroup TS, McEvoy JP, Jackson C, Covell NH: Effectiveness of switching from antipsychotic polypharmacy to monotherapy. American Journal of Psychiatry 2011;168: 702-708
5. Donahue S, Manuel J, Herman D, Fraser L, Henian C, Essock S. : Development and use of a transition readiness scale to help manage ACT team capacity. Psychiatric Services 2012;63: 223-229