Albright, David L., PhD

Hill Crest Foundation Endowed Chair in Mental Health Research, Director of the Office for Military Families and Veterans, Vital Primary Investigator, and Professor
Contact Information Areas of Interest and Expertise
  • Behavioral Health
  • Mental Health
  • Military and Veterans
  • Military Families
  • Rural Health


  • BA, Centre College
  • MSW, Florida State University
  • PhD, Florida State University


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’s research and scholarship are largely focused on implementation and translation so that it is practically useful for communities, veterans service organizations, health care providers, and policymakers as they work to promote and address health-and wellbeing-related determinants and outcomes among military personnel, veterans, and their families and communities.

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. He also leads a state task force to identify and develop recommendations for the Alabama Veteran population on opioid misuse and treatment.

Dr. Albright holds an appointment on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on the Well-Being of Military Families. He also 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 was a 2018-2019 Rural Health Fellow with the National Rural Health Association, focusing on rural Veteran policy, and he recently completed six years of chairing and co-chairing the Military Personnel and Veterans, First Responders, and their Families and Communities track for the Council on Social Work Education. He recently served as a subject matter expert on the SAMHSA PTSD special expert panel, and as both a military social work and rural 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 the President’s Senior Faculty Research awards by the University of Alabama.