MSPP Thirty-Third Commencement, 2013
Doctorate of Humane Letters
Ronald C. Kessler, PhD
Ronald C. Kessler, PhD, who is the McNeil Family Professor of Health Care Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Kessler is the author of over 500 scientific publications and he has been the most widely-cited researcher in psychiatry in the world, for the past ten years. Much of the current evidence for mental health diagnosis and treatment has been derived from Dr. Kessler's prolific epidemiological scholarship on the prevalence and correlates of mental disorders. He is the Principal Investigator of the U.S. National Comorbidity Survey; Co-Director of the World Health Organization's World Mental Health Survey; and the Principal Investigator of the Harvard Medical School site for the Army STARRS which studies the risk and protective factors for suicide among Army personnel.