Daniel Eisenberg's broad research goal is to improve understanding of how to invest effectively and efficiently in the mental health of young people. He has been director of the doctoral program in Health Services Organization and Policy (HSOP) since 2011. He joined the HMP faculty in 2004 after completing a BA and PhD in Economics at Stanford University and a postdoctoral traineeship in mental health services and policy research at UC-Berkeley.
- NIMH Postdoctoral Scholar, School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley, 2002-2004
- Ph.D., Economics, Stanford University, 2002
- B.A. (Honors and Distinction), Economics, Stanford University, 1997
Research Interests & Projects
- Healthy Minds Study
PI: Daniel Eisenberg
Summary: Annual national survey of college students about mental health, help-seeking behavior, and related issues.
- Peer effects for mental health, substance use, and help-seeking
PI: Daniel Eisenberg
Sponsor: W.T. Grant Foundation
Summary: Study of how peers influence each other's mental health and related factors, using the natural experiment of quasi-randomly assigned college roommates.
- Mental health and human capital accumulation
Summary: A series of analyses of how mental health relates to the accumulation of human capital, particularly in terms of educational attainment.
- Mental Health First Aid on college campuses
Co-PIs: Daniel Eisenberg and Nicole Speer
Sponsor: NIH (RC1)
Summary: Randomized trial at 33 college campuses to evaluate the effectiveness of Mental Health First Aid training for resident advisors (RAs).
- eBridge to mental health
PI: Cheryl King
Sponsor: NIH (R34)
Summary: Development and testing of an innovative online intervention to increase linkage to treatment among college students with elevated suicide risk.
- Eisenberg, D., Golberstein, E., Whitlock, J.L. (2014). Peer Effects on Risky Behaviors: Evidence from College Roommates Journal of Health Economics 126-138.
- Eisenberg, D., Downs, M.F., Golberstein, E. (2012). Effect of Contact with Treatment Users on Mental Illness Stigma: Evidence from University Roommate Assignments Social Science and Medicine 1122-1127.
- Eisenberg, D., Hunt, J.B., Speer, N. (2012). Help-seeking for Mental Health on College Campuses: Review of Evidence and Next Steps for Research and Practice Harvard Review of Psychiatry.
- Hunt, J., Eisenberg, D. (2010). Mental Health Problems and Help-seeking Behavior among College Students (Review) Journal of Adolescent Health 3-10.
- Eisenberg, D., Golberstein, E., Hunt, J. (2009). Mental Health and Academic Success in College. B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy Article 40.
- Eisenberg, D., Downs, M., Golberstein, E., Zivin, K. (2009). Stigma and Help-seeking for Mental Health among College Students Medical Care Research and Review 522-541.
- Eisenberg, D., Rowe, B. (2009). Effects of Smoking in Young Adulthood on Smoking and Health Later in Life: Evidence based on the Vietnam Era Draft Lottery Forum for Health Economics & Policy Article 4.
- Eisenberg, D, Golberstein, E, Gollust, S, Hefner, J. (2007). Help-seeking and Access to Mental Health Services in a University Student Population Medical Care 594-601.
- Eisenberg, D, Freed, GL. (2007). Reassessing How Society Prioritizes the Health of Young People. Health Affairs 345-354.
- Eisenberg, D." (2006). Estimating the Effect of Smoking Cessation on Weight Gain: An Instrumental Variables Approach Health Services Research 2255-2266.