Richard A. Van Dorn

Senior Mental Health Services Researcher


  • PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MSW, Washington University
  • BS, Portland State University

Richard Van Dorn, PhD, is a senior mental health services researcher in the behavioral health epidemiology program at RTI International. His expertise spans mental health, substance use, criminal justice, and violence and victimization among adults with mental illness. Dr. Van Dorn is also an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine.

Prior to joining RTI in February 2012, Dr. Van Dorn was an assistant professor with joint appointments in the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health, Department of Community and Family Health and USF’s College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, Louis de la Parte Mental Health Institute, Department of Mental Health Law & Policy.

Dr. Van Dorn has served as the principal and co-investigator on a number of significant studies, including one recent National Institute of Mental Health-funded study that focused on violence and victimization among adults with mental illness. His experience and interests include mental illness and substance use epidemiology broadly and treatment outcomes, including criminal justice involvement, for these conditions specifically. Dr. Van Dorn has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on substance use, mental illness, criminal justice, and violence and victimization. His statistical and methodological expertise includes latent variable measurement models, integrative data analysis, longitudinal data analysis, latent variable mixture models, treatment outcome studies, implementation science, and use of secondary administrative data sources.