Donna McAlpine, PhD

Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management

Donna McAlpine

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-9919

Office Address:
D362 Mayo

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware St SE
MMC 729 Mayo
Minneapolis, MN 55455

PhD, Sociology, Rutgers University, 2001

MA, Sociology, The University of Western Ontario, 1988

BA, Sociology, The University of Western Ontario, 1986


I am a medical sociologist whose research focuses on alcohol, drug, and mental health care, and racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes and treatment. My recent research explores barriers to health care, social determinants of health, and the role of community engagement. 


Equity, mental health, methods, mental health services, race & ethnic inequities, survey methods, community engagement 

Awards & Recognition

  • Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health


Research Funding Grants

  • 2016–2017, Minnesota Department of Human Services, "Effective interventions for improving the health of Medicaid enrollees with chemical dependency," Principal Investigator


See a full list of publications on PubMed

Select Recent Publications

  • Allen EM, Call KT, Beebe TJ, McAlpine DD, Johnson PJ. "Barriers to Care and Health Care Utilization Among the Publicly Insured," Medical Care, March 2017
  • Rhee TG, Evans RL, McAlpine DD, Johnson PJ. "Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in US Adults With Moderate Mental Distress: Results From the 2012 National Health Interview Survey," Journal of Primary Care & Community Health, Sept 2016
  • Przedworski JM, VanKim NA, Eisenberg ME, McAlpine DD, Lust KA, Laska MN. "Self-Reported Mental Disorders and Distress by Sexual Orientation: Results of the Minnesota College Student Health Survey," American Journal of Preventative Medicine, July 2015



  • PubH 6804, Community Mental Health
  • PubH 6855, Mental Health Policy.


In The News

In the Media

  • Self-rating Mental Health as 'Good' Predicts Positive Future Mental Health (Science Daily)
  • Doctors weren’t listening to Somali immigrants’ autism concerns (The Huffington Post)