Mark Edlund is a senior research scientist with more than 15 years’ experience in mental health and addictions health services research. He is also a practicing psychiatrist, seeing mainly patients with comorbid mental disorders, substance use disorders, and chronic pain. He was a fellow in the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Michigan, where he received his MD and a PhD in Health Services Organization and Policy. He also completed a psychiatry residency and a health services research fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles Neuropsychiatric Institute.
Currently, Dr. Edlund is principal investigator for the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Drug Abuse) study Prescribers, Pharmacists, & the Opioid Dilemma: a Multi-Site Qualitative Study. This mixed-methods study uses semi-structured qualitative interviews with primary care providers and pharmacists to better understand their decision-making processes when they prescribe and dispense opioids for chronic non-cancer pain; and grounded-theory techniques to develop models of primary care providers’ and pharmacists’ prescribing and dispensing behaviors. He has served as PI and co-Investigator on several other grants funded by NIH, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. His experience broadly includes the clinical epidemiology of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, with a particular focus on pain and opioid use and abuse.