Donna McAlpine PhD » Faculty

Research Interests:Alcohol, drug and mental health care, racial and ethnic disparities in health care, community based participatory research. Access to psychiatric care, utilization of services and treatment outcomes for persons with severe mental illnesses and the impact

Associate Professor, Health Policy & Management

Address Division of Health Policy & Management 420 Delaware Street SE, D383 Mayo MMC 729 Minneapolis MN 55455 United States Work Phone: 612-625-9919
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Donna McAlpine is a medical sociologist whose research focuses on alcohol, drug, and mental health care, and racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes and treatment. Recent research has examined access to psychiatric care, utilization of services and treatment outcomes for persons with severe mental illnesses, and the impact of changes in the health system. She is also involved in community-based participatory research focused on barriers to health care among cultural communities.

  • PhD Rutgers University, Sociology 2001
  • MA The University of Western Ontario, Sociology 1988
  • BA The University of Western Ontario, Sociology 1986


Community-Based Research, Disparities, Mental Health, Sociology, Surveys

Professional Experience:

  • Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, 2008 – Present
  • Assistant Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, 2001 – 2008
  • Research Associate, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy & Aging Research, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1997 – 2001


Selected Publications:

  • Butler, M, Kane, RL, McAlpine, D, Kathol, R, Fu, SS, Hagedorn, H, Wilt, T. 2011. “Does Integrated Care Improve Treatment for Depression?” Journal of Ambulatory Care Management 34:113-125.
  • Mechanic, D, McAlpine, DD. 2011. “Aging and Mental Health: A Life Course Perspective,” inHandbook of the Sociology of Aging, Settersten, R.A.,and J. L. Angel (editors), New York: Springer.
  • McAlpine, D, Boudreaux, M.  2010. “Managed Care,” in Encyclopedia of Family Health, Craft-Rosenberg and S. Pehler (editors). New York: Sage Publications.
  • McAlpine, DD, Mechanic, D.  2010. “The Influence of Social Factors on Mental Health,” in Abou-Saleh, M., C. Katona,and A Kumar (editors), Principles and Practice of Geriatric Psychiatry, 3rdEdition, Chichester UK:  John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
  • Mechanic, D, McAlpine, DD. 2010. “The Sociology of Health Care Reform.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 51:5147-5159.
  • Kathol, RG., Butler, M, McAlpine, DD, Kane, RL. 2010. “Barriers to Physical and Mental Condition Integrated Service Delivery: Lessons for Medical Homes.” Psychosomatic Medicine72:511-518.
  • Davern, M, McAlpine, DD, Beebe, TJ, Ziegenfuss, J, Call, KT. 2010. “Are Lower Response Rates Hazardous to your Health Survey?  An Analysis of Three State Health Surveys.” Health Services Research 45(5):1324-1336. 
  • Dagher, R, McGovern, P, McAlpine, D, Moen, P, Harman, J. 2008. “Postpartum Depression among Employed Women: A Psychosocial Stress Perspective,” in W. Hansson and E. Olsson (Ed.), New Perspectives on Women and Depression (pp. 55-77). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.
  • McAlpine, D D, Boyer, CA.  2007. “Sociological Traditions in the Study of Mental Health Services Utilization,” in Mental Health, Social Mirror, Bernice Pescosolido, Jane McLeod, and William R. Avison (Eds.), New York: Plenum Publishers. 
  • McAlpine, DD, Beebe, TJ, Davern, M, Call, K. 2007. “Agreement Between Self-reported and Administrative Race and Ethnicity Data Among Medicaid Enrollees.”  Health Services Research 42(6 Pt 2):2373-88.
  • Davern, M, McAlpine, D, Ziegenfuss, J, Beebe, TJ.  2007. “Are Surname Telephone Oversamples an Efficient Way to Better Understand the Health and Healthcare of Minority Group Members?”Medical Care 45(11):1098-104.
  • McAlpine, DD, Wilson, AR. 2007. “The Obesity Epidemic:  Are Primary Care Physicians Responding.” Medical Care 45(4):322-329.  
  • Beebe, T J, Davern, ME, McAlpine, DD, Ziegenfuss, JK.  2007.  “Comparison of Two Within-Household Selection Methods in a Telephone Survey of Substance Abuse and Dependence.” Annals of Epidemiology 17(6):458-63.
  • Rasmussen-Torvik, L J, McAlpine, DD.  2007.  “Genetic Screening for SSRI Drug Response Among Those with Major Depression: Great Promise and Unseen Perils.” Depression & Anxiety 24:250-357.