National Mentoring Network (MNET) Mentor Profiles
Ruth Cronkite, Ph.D.
VA Palo Alto Health System
Research Interests: Mental Health, Career Development
Ruth Cronkite is a Research Health Science Specialist at the Center for Innovation to Implementation (Ci2i) at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, a Consulting Professor in the Department of Sociology at Stanford University, and an Associate at the Center for Health Policy/Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research at Stanford University. Her research focuses on the evaluation of mental health and substance use disorder treatment services, cohort studies of the long-term course of psychiatric disorders, the influence of life context factors on the course of psychiatric disorders, and the evaluation of career development programs. Her past and current research projects include: (1) a 23-year cohort study of individuals treated for depression and a matched community control group, (2) the assessment of continuity-of-care practices in substance abuse programs and their effect on engagement in continuing care and treatment outcomes, and (3) the evaluation of the VA HSR&D Career Development Program. She has a long-standing interest in mentoring junior investigators and has served as Co-Director of the VA Advanced Fellowship Programs in Health Services Research and Development and Medical Informatics at Ci2i for over 20 years . She is also the Co-PI of the VA HSR&D Career Development Program Enhancements Initiative. Her book, Alcoholism Treatment: Context, Process, and Outcome, co-authored with Rudolf Moos and John Finney, was awarded the Most Distinguished Book Reviewed in 1993 by the journal Addiction. She received a BA, MA and PhD in sociology from Stanford University and an MS in statistics, also from Stanford.