Ernest Drucker / by Jeff Jones


Ernest Drucker, PhD, is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in NY State, and a Research Scientist and Professor of Public Health at New York University , School of Global Public Health.

Other current academic appointments: Visiting Scholar at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY; Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University ( on leave) ; and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Family and Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is a Soros Senior Justice Fellow of the Open Society Foundations, and  a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Global Health.

Dr. Drucker has been active in clinical care for drug addiction, global public health policies , and human rights efforts in the US and abroad for over 40 years.  While conducting research and publishing and editing over 150  scholarly works, he was founder and editor in chief of several peer reviewed journals about HIV/AIDS, global drug policy, mass incarceration, and criminal justice policies.  He was the founding Associate Editor of The International Journal of Drug Policy ( 1991 -2000) ; founder and Editor in Chief of Addiction Research and Theory ( 1993- 2005); and  founding Editor in Chief of Harm Reduction Journal ( 2005 – 2015) ; and Founding Editorial Board member of the new open access journal Health and Justice.

For 25 years Dr. Drucker was Director of Public Health and Policy Research at Montefiore/Einstein, and founding Director of Montefiore's 1000 patient drug treatment program ( 1970 - 1990) . He is an NIH funded principal investigator since 1991 and author of over 140 peer reviewed scientific articles, texts, and book chapters. He is author of A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America (2011, The New Press , paperback 2013) and Editor the anthology : Decarcerating America: From Punishment to Public Health, New  Press 2018.

Dr. Drucker was a founder and Honored Life member of the International Harm Reduction Association; the founding Board Chairman of Doctors of the World / USA ( now Health Right International) , the chairman of the American branch  of the French medical humanitarian group, Medicins du Monde.