Lisa Dixon, M.D., M.P.H.

Columbia University, NY State Psychiatric Institute, and Psychiatric Services

Lisa Dixon, M.D., M.P.H., is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center and the Director of the Division of Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research within the Department of Psychiatry. She also oversees the Center for Practice Innovations (CPI) at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Dixon received her M.D. from Cornell University Medical College in New York, completed her residency at New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center, and a fellowship at Maryland Psychiatric Research Center. She obtained her M.P.H from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.

In her role at CPI, Dr. Dixon directs activities for the New York State Office of Mental Health in implementing evidenced based practices for persons diagnosed with serious mental illness. She leads OnTrackNY, an innovative, statewide initiative designed to improve outcomes and reduce disability for the population of individuals experiencing their first episode of psychosis. Dr. Dixon serves on the National Alliance on Mental Illness Board of Directors. 

Dr. Dixon is an internationally recognized health services researcher with over 25 years of continuous funding from the National Institute of Mental Health and the VA. Her grants have focused on improving the quality of care for individuals with serious mental disorders with a particular emphasis on services that include families, reducing the negative impact of co-occurring addictions and medical problems, and improving treatment engagement and adherence.

Dr. Dixon assumed the role of editor in chief of the journal, Psychiatric Services in January, 2017 and published more than 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals. She received numerous including the American Psychiatric Association Health Services Senior Scholar Award and the Wayne Fenton Award for Exceptional Clinical Care (2009), the Adele Anshien Volunteer of the Year Award by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Metro NYC and NAMI national’s annual Scientific Research Award (2014), and the Mental Health Section of the American Public Health Association’s Carl A. Taube Award (2016).