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Janet  Cummings


Faculty, Health Policy and Management

Dr. Janet Cummings is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.  She is a nationally recognized expert on issues pertaining to access and quality of behavioral health care and the role of the safety-net in meeting the needs of underserved populations with mental health and substance use disorders.  Her research examines: the role of safety-net clinics and schools in facilitating access to behavioral health care for low-income populations; accessibility and geographic distribution of the behavioral health workforce; impact of state policies on mental health and substance use treatment; racial/ethnic disparities in mental health treatment; and mental health care quality among Medicaid-enrolled youth.  Her research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Drug Abuse, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Dr. Cummings is also the Deputy Director of the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) for the Southeast U.S, which is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  In this role, she works with state leaders in Departments of Mental Health and Education to disseminate evidence-based mental health programs and practices in the Southeastern U.S. through in-person trainings, distance education, and technical assistance.  Within the Center, she serves as the Director of the Southeast MHTTC School Mental Health Initiative.  This Initiative provides training and technical assistance activities to school mental health leaders in the Southeast region to help them advance comprehensive school mental health systems in their states and school districts.

Contact Information

1518 Clifton Road NE ,

Atlanta , GA 30322

Suite 610

Phone: 404.727.1175

Fax: 404.727.9198


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Areas of Interest

  • Addiction/Substance Abuse
  • Adolescent Health/Child Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Economics
  • Health Policy
  • Mental Health


  • B.A. 1999, University of North Carolina at Chapel HIll
  • Ph.D. 2009, University of California at Los Angeles


  • , , Quality of mental health treatment among children and adolescents in primary care safety-net clinics, Psychiatric Services,,
  • , , Trends in buprenorphine prescribing by physician specialty, Health Affairs, , 1
  • , , Racial/ethnic differences in minimally adequate depression care among Medicaid-enrolled youth, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 58, 128-138
  • , , Supply of certified applied behavior analysts in the United States: Implications for service delivery for children with autism, Psychiatric Services, ,
  • , , Geographic Access to Specialty Mental Health Care Across High- and Low-Income U.S. Communities, JAMA Psychiatry, 74, 476-484
  • , , Racial and ethnic differences in ADHD treatment quality among Medicaid-enrolled youth, Pediatrics, 139, pii: e20162444
  • , , The effect of Medicaid expansions on insurance coverage and access to care among adults with behavioral health problems, Health Services Research, 50, 1787-1809
  • , , Addressing public stigma and disparities among persons with mental illness: The role of federal policy, American Journal of Public Health, 103, 781-785
  • , , Improving access to mental health services for youth in the United States, Journal of the American Medical Association, 309, 553-554