Martha L. Bruce, PhD, MPH
Martha L. Bruce, PhD, MPH is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Department of Community and Family Medicine, and the Dartmouth Institute (TDI) of Health Policy and Clinical Practice at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and. At Dartmouth, she is the Co-Director of Education, Training, and Career Development for Dartmouth’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the Director of Faculty Mentoring for TDI. These appointments followed 19 years at the Weill Cornell Medical College where she was Professor of Sociology in Psychiatry, Psychiatry’s Vice Associate Chair for Research, and Co-Director of the Cornell Advanced Research Center for Geriatric Mood Disorders. She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP), as chair of the Board of Directors of AAGP’s Geriatric Mental Health Foundation, on the Board of Directors for the National Network of Depression Centers and, for five years, as Chair of the NIMH Mental Health Services Research study sections. She served on the Scientific Advisory Board for VA Blue Ribbon Panel on Suicide Prevention and was a member of the Overview Expert Panel for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Research Prioritization Task Force.
Dr. Bruce’s research focuses the mental health needs of older adults, especially among homebound, frail, medically complex and other high risk groups. Working in partnership with community providers (e.g., home healthcare, aging services, primary care), she integrates clinical, sociological and public health perspectives in the development of clinically relevant and sustainable interventions designed to reach as many individuals in need as possible. The goal of this research is increasing ability to live independently, reducing their risk of depression, suicidality, and disability, and improving access to quality mental health.
Dr. Bruce’s other career focus in mentoring graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career investigators. She has been Principal Investigator of two NIH-funded R25 grants that support national mentoring networks for early and mid-career researchers, co-director of three NIH postdoctoral training programs, and member of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health and Society Scholars Program. Dr. Bruce received her PhD in sociology, MPH in health services, and postdoctoral training in psychiatric epidemiology at Yale University.