Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research

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Faculty and Staff


David Mandell, ScD David S. Mandell, ScD
Curriculum vitae (pdf)
Director, Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research;
Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Pediatrics,
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania


David S. Mandell, ScD, University of Pennsylvania, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, directs the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research. Dr. Mandell is also Associate Director of the Center for Autism Research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The goal of his research is to improve the quality of care individuals with autism receive in their communities. This research is of two types. The first examines, at the state and national level, the effects of different strategies to organize, finance and deliver services on service use patterns and outcomes. The second consists of experimental studies designed to determine the best strategies to successfully implement proven-efficacious practices in community settings. Dr. Mandell holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from Columbia University and a doctorate of science from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health