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Dr. 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

Dr. Greer Sullivan

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Education and Training

  • M.S., Public Health, Los Angeles School of Public Health, Los Angeles, University of California, California
  • Residency, Los Angeles Neuropsychiatric Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, California
  • Internship (Flexible/Psychiatry), Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
  • M.D., University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Jackson, Mississippi
  • B.A., History, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia


Dr. Greer Sullivan, M.D., joined the UCR School of Medicine in 2014, charged with developing the school's health services research program and as founding director of the UCR Center for Healthy Communities. Sullivan is a professor of psychiatry in the Division of Clinical Sciences, an adjunct senior scientist for the Rand Corporation.

She came to UCR from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She has also served as a visiting professor at the Tulane School of Medicine and the University of Mississippi School of Medicine.

Research Interests

Dr. Sullivan's research has aimed to understand how to better treat vulnerable populations with serious mental illness, such as persons who are homeless, in jails, or living in rural areas. For the past ten years, Dr. Sullivan directed a VA-funded regional research center in the south, the South Central Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) that is situated in a network of care spanning eight states and including ten VA medical centers, 36 community-based outpatient clinics, and more than 1,300 mental health providers. She has implemented large scale training programs for providers across the network and has written about implementation issues. She has also been involved in a series of studies examining innovative approaches to deliver mental health services in primary care settings. Most recently Dr. Sullivan has been involved in building community-based participatory research projects in the South that engage both academics and community leaders.


  • Member, National Advisory Committee (NAC) – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, 2011-present.
  • Member, advisory board, VA VISN 3 Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center , Bronx, New York, 2009-present.
  • Member, external advisory board – VA Health Services Research and Development, Center for Quality Improvement, Houston, Texas, 2008-present.
  • Director, VA South Central Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) 1997 – 2013.
  • Health Services Research Senior Scholar Award for “career contributions to mental health services research” – American Psychiatric Association, 2007.
  • Honorary member, Delta Omega National Honorary Society in Public Health, 2005.
  • Fellow, American Psychiatric Association, 2000.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Grubbs, K. M., Cheney, A. M., Fortney, J. C., Edlund, C. N., Han, X., Dubbert, P., Sherbourne, C., Craske, M., Stein, M., Roy-Byrne, P & Sullivan, G. (2014). The Role of Gender in Moderating Treatment Outcome in Collaborative Care for Anxiety. Psychiatric Services.
  • Sullivan, G., Hunt, J., Haynes, T. F., Bryant, K., Cheney, A. M., Pyne, J. M., Reaves, C., Sullivan, S., Lewis, C., Barnes, B., Barnes, M., Hudson, C., Jegley, S., Larkin, B., Russell, S., White, P., Gilmore, L., Claypoole, S., Smith, J., Richison, R. (2014). Building Partnerships With Rurual Arkansas Faith Communities to Promote Veterans’ Mental Health: Lessons Learned. Johns Hopkins University Press DOI: 10.1353/cpr.2014.000.
  • Brown, L. A., Wiley, J. F., Wolitzky-Taylor, K., Roy-Byrne, P., Sherbourne, C., Stein, M. B., Sullivan, G., Rose, R. D., Bystritsky, A. and Craske, M. G. (2014). Changes in Self-Efficiency and Outcome Expectancy as Predicators of Anxiety Outcomes from the Calm Study. Depress. Anxiety, DOI: 10.1002/da.22256.
  • Davis, T. D., Deen, T. L., Fortney, J. C., Sullivan, G., Hudson, T. J. (2014). Utilization of VA Mental Health and Primary Care Services Among Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans With Depression: The Influence of Gender and Ethnicity Status. Military Medicine, Vol 179 Issue 5, pp. 515-520, DOI:
  • Corrigan, P. W., Mittal, D., Reaves, C. M., Haynes, T. F., Han, X., Morris, S., Sullivan, G. (2014) Mental health stigma and primary health care decisions. Psychiatry Research, Vol 218, Issues 1–2, Pages 35–38, DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2014.04.028
  • Chavira, D. A., Golinelli, D., Sherbourne, C. S., Murray B., Sullivan, G., Bystritsky, A., Rose, R. D., Lang, A. J., Campbell-Sills, L., Welch, S., Bumgardner, K., Glenn, D., Barrios, V., Roy-Byrne, P., Craske, M. (2014). Treatment engagement and response to CBT among Latinos with anxiety disorders in primary care. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Vol 82(3), 392-403. DOI: 10.1037/a0036365.

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