Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Richard A. Epstein, Ph.D., MPH

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Vanderbilt University Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody

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(615) 343-4497


2258 Village at Vanderbilt

Richard A. Epstein, Ph.D., MPH


Richard Epstein is a licensed clinical psychologist and health services researcher. His work focuses on the delivery, safety, and effectiveness of mental health services with a focus on women and children, and an interest in evaluating the public health impact of regulatory programs and policies. He also has expertise working with large child-serving systems to implement standardized assessment, service planning, and outcomes management protocols.

His research is currently funded by a Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health award from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to study maternal use of prescription medications during pregnancy. He is also currently Director of the Vanderbilt University Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody, which, among other services, provides clinical and consultation services to children and families who are in or at-risk of entering Tennessee state custody and disseminates evidence-based practices across the state. Maternal use of some prescription medications during pregnancy can increase risk of birth defects. Children with intellectual and developmental disabilities are at increased risk of entering state custody.

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