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  • Grayson S. Norquist, MD, MSPH

    norquist.jpgProfessor and Chair,
    Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
    Phone: (601) 984-5815
    Fax: (601) 984-5842
    Dr. Grayson S. Norquist joined the Medical Center faculty Dec. 1, 2004, as professor of psychiatry and human behavior and chairman of the department. Prior to his appointment here, Dr. Norquist served as director of the Division of Services and Intervention Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, Md., and as an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University.

    Dr. Norquist received the BA with special distinction from the University of Mississippi in 1974 and earned the MD magna cum laude at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1978. He took postgraduate training in categorical medicine at the UCLA Department of Internal Medicine from 1978-79, and completed residency training in psychiatry at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry, where he was chief resident from 1984-85. A Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the UCLA Medical Center from 1985-87, Dr. Norquist earned the MSPH at the UCLA School of Public Health in 1989.

    Board-certified in psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry, Dr. Norquist began his medical career as a general practitioner in Los Angeles, Calif., from 1979-82. After completing his psychiatry residency and fellowship training, he joined the faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine in 1987 as an assistant dean for student affairs. He was also director of the Mental Health Services for Physicians in Training Program at UCLA, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and a consultant for the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, Calif., from 1987-90.

    Dr. Norquist joined the NIMH in 1990 as deputy director of the Division of Applied and Services Research. In 1992, he became deputy director of the Division of Epidemiology and Services Research and associate director for services research at NIMH. In 1998, he was appointed director of the Division of Services and Intervention Research, a division responsible for clinical, prevention and services research at NIMH. During Dr. Norquist's tenure as director, the division initiated the largest clinical trials ever conducted in mental health.

    Dr. Norquist has served on the editorial board of the Archives of General Psychiatry and the Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics. The author of numerous refereed journal articles and book chapters, he has received various national government and public awards, including the NIH Director's Award, the NIH Special Service Award, and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Exemplary Psychiatrist Award.