David L. Albright is the Hill Crest Foundation Endowed Chair in Mental Health and Director of the Office for Military Families and Veterans at The University of Alabama School of Social Work. He is a military Veteran and former research fellow with both the Department of Veterans Affairs and the RAND Corporation’s Center for Military Health Policy Research. Dr. Albright works to produce research that is useful for communities, Veterans Service Organizations, health care providers, and policymakers as they work to address and improve health and wellness-related determinants and outcomes among military personnel, Veterans, and their families.
The Governor of Alabama appointed Dr. Albright to both the Alabama Executive Veterans Network, in which he serves as the Education and Research committee chair, and to the Alabama Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council, in which he serves as the Community Engagement chair, the Treatment and Recovery Support committee co-chair, and is a member of the Council’s Implementation committee. He also leads a state task force to identify and develop recommendations for the Alabama Veteran population on opioid addiction and treatment, both within and outside of the Veterans Health Administration health care system.
Dr. Albright holds an appointment on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on the Well-Being of Military Families. He is a 2018-2019 Rural Health Fellow with the National Rural Health Association, focusing on rural Veteran policy. He also chairs the Military Personnel and Veterans, First Responders, and their Families and Communities track for the Council on Social Work Education; serves as a rural social work consultant to the National Association of Social Workers; serves as the Delegate of the Delegate Assembly for the NASW, Alabama Chapter; and is on the Board of Directors for both the Alabama Rural Health Association and the Alabama Rural Health Coalition for the Homeless. He recently served as a subject matter expert on the SAMHSA PTSD special expert panel, and as a military social work consultant to the National Association of Social Workers. Dr. Albright also has been recognized for excellence and innovation in teaching and curriculum design, and recently recognized with both the Outstanding Commitment to Advising and President Bell’s Senior Faculty Research awards by the University of Alabama.