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Rumi Kato Price, PhD, MPE

Current Position
Professor of Psychiatry

University Roles
Scholar, Institute for Public Health
Scholar, Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences

Education and Training
Director, NIDA T32 Training program in epidemiology, services and prevention research.

Founder, Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Sciences Concentration, Master of Population Health Sciences (MPHS).

Course master: Global Burden of Disease: Methods and Applications (M19-5656)

Founder, Interest Group on Human Trafficking and Other Vulnerable Populations, Institute for Public Health

Major Awards
Independent Scientist Award -II (1999-2004)
Nihon Koteisho Kyokai Foundation award (2004)

Areas of Clinical Interest
Military deployment heath; Veteran populations; Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); Drug dependence and abuse; Health disparity; Prevention


Areas of Research Interests
Longitudinal component: This component continues with data analysis and findings dissemination of longitudinal surveys on a national sample of Vietnam veterans and marched controls consisting of 1972 baseline, 1974 follow-up, and 1996-7 follow-up and the last followup of 2001-2006 to examine long-term effects of war exposure, drug and alcohol abuse, psychiatric disorders and life events including suicidality up to middle life.

Common bio-psychosocial mechanisms of PTSD and drug abuse comorbidity are currently proposed both with use of the existing cohort of Vietnam veterans and with a new cohort from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) (2011-2014). A current project addresses in-deployment and post-deployment mental health (e.g., PTSD) and reintegration issues working with Missouri National Guard and the Department of Defense. Stigma reduction program is being implemented.

Health disparity on substance abuse: A series of integrated studies are planned to delineate complex relationships of quantitative genetic and environmental effects on substance abuse. Conceptual and analytical integrations are attempted to bridge biological and socially constructed concept of race and ethnicity to health disparity relating to substance abuse. Currently focus is placed in understanding the familial and environmental risk of mixed race adolescents and adults.

Methodological enhancement: A general aim is to identify and implement non-traditional techniques that will help in selecting better measures and analytically improve prediction. Genetic algorithms, tree based regressions, and artificial neural-network models have been successfully applied to large-scale epidemiologic data and were found to improve predictive power.

More articles and abstracts at the National Library of Medicine

Key Publications
Price RK, Spitznagel, EL, Downey TJ, Meyer DJ, Risk NK, El-Ghazzawy OG: Applying artificial neural-network models to clinical decision-making. Psychological Assessment 2000; 12:40-51.

Price RK, Risk NK, Spitznagel EL: Remission from illicit drug use over a 25-period: Patterns of remission and treatment use. Am J Pub Health 2001; 91:1107-1113.

Price RK, Risk, NK, Haden AH, Lewis CE, Spitznagel EL: Post-traumatic stress disorder, drug dependence and suicidality among male Vietnam veterans with a history of heavy drug use. Drug Alc Dep 2004; 76:31-43.

Sakai JT, Risk NK, Tanaka CA, Price RK. Conduct disorder among Asians and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders in the U.S. Psychological Medicine 2008; 38:1013-1025.

Balan S, Widner G, Shroff M, van den Berk-Clark C, Sherrer J, Price RK. Drug use disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder over 25 adult years: Role of psychopathology in relational networks. Drug Alc Dep 2013; 133:228-234.

Scherrer, JF, Widner G, Shroff M, Matthieu M, Balan S, van den Berk-Clerk, C, Price RK. Chen H-J, Balan S, Price RK. Assessment of a post-deployment Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program for National Guard members and supporters Military Medicine 2014, 179:1391-97..

Funded Research Projects
NIDA (Director): T32 Training grant in epidemiology, services and prevention research

DoD DMRDP (PI): Family as a Total Package (FAMPAC): Restoring and Enhancing Psychological Health of Citizen Soldiers.

Barns-Jewish Hospital Foundation and Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (PI): Planning for a StrongMind stigma reduction in the National Guard.

Washington University Institute for Public Health (PI): Human trafficking in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area