Richard M. Scheffler
School of Public Health &
Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy
Richard Scheffler is the Distinguished Professor of Health Economics and Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and holds the Chair in Healthcare Markets & Consumer Welfare endowed by the Office of the Attorney General for the State of California. He holds faculty positions in the School of Public Health and in the Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy in which he teaches health economics, international health economics, and economics of medicine and managed care. He studies the role of government in healthcare financing and insurance, and the supply of health care professionals. His research is on healthcare markets, health insurance, the health work force, mental health economics, and international health system reforms in Western and Eastern Europe.
He is Director of the Nicholas C. Petris Center on Health Care Markets and Consumer Welfare. He also directs the following programs at UC Berkeley: the Health Policy Training Program; the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) pre- and post- doctoral training programs; the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) pre- and post- doctoral training programs; and the post-doctoral training program for scholars from the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic funded by the Fogarty International Center Training and Research Programs. He is a current recipient of a senior scientist award from NIMH to study mental health parity and the economics of the public mental health system in California, managed care in mental health and the mental health work force.
Professor Scheffler has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Rockefeller Scholar and a Scholar in Residence at the Institute of Medicine - National Academy of Sciences. He is the founding director of the PhD program in Health Services & Policy Analysis and the NIMH Center for Mental Health Services Research at Berkeley. He has served as a member of the Committee on Incorporating Research into Psychiatric Residency Training at the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. He has been a Resident at the Bellagio Center in Italy, a Visiting Professor at the University of Barcelona and University of Pompeu Fabr in Spain and a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. In 2003, he served as President and Program Chair for the International Health Economists Association's (IHEA) 4th World Congress, held in San Francisco. He is the 2004 recipient of the American Public Health Association's Carl Taube Award, honoring distinguished contributions to the field of mental health services research. Professor Scheffler has published over a hundred papers and has edited and written six books. His forthcoming book is on the future of the health work force to be published by the University of California Press.