Rollins School of Public Health | Faculty Profile
Emory Rollins School of Public Health

Janet  Cummings

Associate Professor

Faculty, Health Policy and Management

Dr. Cummings is a core faculty member in the Center for Behavioral Health Policy Studies.  Her research focuses on issues concerning access to and quality of behavioral health services, with a particular emphasis on racial/ethnic, geographic, and socioeconomic disparities among the child and adolescent population.  She has a K01 Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health that examines determinants of mental health service use among Medicaid-enrolled children in the safety-net using quantitative and qualitative methods.

Dr. Cummings has been actively involved in service and leadership activities within AcademyHealth, a preeminent national association of health services and health policy researchers.  She is currently serving as Chair of the AcademyHealth Behavioral Health Services Research Interest Group Advisory Committee.

Contact Information

1518 Clifton Road NE ,

Atlanta , GA 30322

Suite 610

Phone: 404.727.1175

Fax: 404.727.9198


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Areas of Interest

  • Addiction/Substance Abuse
  • Adolescent Health/Child Health
  • Health Economics
  • Health Policy
  • Mental Health
  • Health Disparities


  • B.A. 1999, University of North Carolina at Chapel HIll
  • Ph.D. 2009, University of California at Los Angeles

Courses Taught

  • HPM 730: Theory-Based Research Design


  • , , Race/ethnicity and geographic access to Medicaid substance use treatment facilities in the United States. , JAMA Psychiatry, 71, 190-196
  • , , Addressing public stigma and disparities among persons with mental illness: The role of federal policy, American Journal of Public Health, 103, 781-785
  • , , Improving access to mental health services for youth in the United States. , JAMA, 309, 533-554
  • , , Racial/ethnic differences in mental health service use among adolescents with major depression, Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 50, 2