University of California, Riverside

Center for Healthy Communities



Greer Sullivan


Greer Sullivan

Director, Center for Healthy Communities
William R. Johnson, Jr. and S. Sue Johnson Endowed Chair
Associate Dean of Population Health, UCR School of Medicine
MD, University of Mississippi, 1980; MSPH, UCLA, 1991; UCLA RWJ Clinical Scholar 1986-88

Greer Sullivan

Greer Sullivan is a health services researcher who is the William R. Johnson, Jr. and S. Sue Johnson endowed chair in the School of Medicine, associate dean for population health and professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine. As the founding director of the Center for Healthy Communities she is developing the medical school’s health services research program.

Prior to joining UCR, she was a professor of psychiatry at the University of Arkansas, and a visiting professor at both Tulane and the University of Mississippi.  She was previously with the RAND Health Program and continues as an adjunct senior scientist at the RAND Corporation. She has conducted research on vulnerable populations with serious mental illness, such as those who are homeless or incarcerated; and has been involved in a series of studies examining innovative approaches to delivering treatment for anxiety disorders in primary care settings. She has more than 120 academic publications.

She also directed the South Central VA Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC); a virtual program spanning eight Southern states that aims to improve mental health care in rural areas.

Most recently she has led a community-based program in which mental health providers’ partner with rural clergy to encourage more appropriate use of mental health services and is the PI in a PCORI-funded study of mental health needs of rural African-Americans in the Arkansas Delta region. She has a long record of mentoring junior health services researchers.

Selected Publications

  • Sullivan, G., Blevins, D., & Kauth, M. R. (2008). Planning effective educational interventions for clinicians in complex mental health service systems. Implementation Science, 3(3), 33. Available from: http://www.implementationscience.com/content/3/1/33
  • Sullivan G, Mittal D, Reaves C, Haynes T, Han X, Mukherjee S, Morris S, Marsh L, Corrigan P. Influence of Schizophrenia Diagnosis on Providers’ Practice Decisions.  Journal of Clinical Psychiatry; Accepted Dec 15, 2014
  • Sullivan G, Hunt J, Haynes TF, Bryant K, Cheney AM, Pyne JM, Reaves C, Sullivan, S. (2014) Building partnerships with rural Arkansas faith communities to promote veterans’ mental health:  lessons learned.  Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action. 8(1), 11-19.
  • Curran, G.M., Sullivan, G., Mendel, P., Craske, M.G., Sherbourne, C.D., Stein, M.B., McDaniel, A., Roy-Byrne, P.  (2012). Implementation of the CALM intervention for anxiety disorders: a qualitative study. Implementation Science, 7:1-11. PMCID: 3319426.
  • Roy-Byrne, P.P., Craske, M.G., Sullivan, G., Rose, R.D., Edlund, M.J., Lang, A.J., Bystritsky, A., Welch, S.S., Chavira, D.A., Golinelli, D., Campbell-Sills, L., Sherbourne, C.D., Stein, M.B. (2010).  Delivery of evidence-based treatment for multiple anxiety disorders in primary care:  A randomized effectiveness trial.  JAMA, 303(19):1921-1928. PMC2928714

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