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Gail Daumit

Departmental Affiliations

School of Medicine
Cardiovascular and Clinical Epidemiology

Contact Info

2024 East Monument Street, Suite 2-620
(410) 955-0476

Research Interests

severe mental illness; schizophrenia; bipolar disorder; primary care; obesity; tobacco smoking cessation; physical activity. behavioral interventions; implementation research; clinical trials; health services research
Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Emory University
Dr. Daumit’s research is devoted to improving overall health and decreasing premature mortality for persons with serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. She has conducted observational studies to determine and convey the burden of physical health problems in this vulnerable population, and was the principal investigator of ACHIEVE, a randomized clinical trial of a behavioral weight loss intervention in psychiatric rehabilitation programs funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Daumit is currently leading a randomized trial funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute testing a comprehensive cardiovascular risk reduction program in persons with serious mental illness (IDEAL). She is the principal investigator, with Dr. Evins at Massachusetts General Hospital, of a randomized trial of a tobacco smoking cessation program integrating exercise and weight management for persons with serious mental illness (TRIUMPH) funded by NIMH. Dr. Daumit also is leading a NIMH-funded study to examine Health Homes in Maryland psychiatric rehabilitation programs. She has a Mid-Career Investigator Award in Patient Oriented Research focusing on implementation research from NIMH. Dr. Daumit recently completed a fellowship at the NIMH-funded Implementation Research Institute.
Dr. Daumit’s work bridges mental health and primary care fields, and she works with colleagues and mentors trainees with diverse backgrounds spanning psychiatry, psychology, internal medicine, health policy, physical activity and epidemiology.
Honors & Awards
Society for Clinical Trials 2014 Trial of the Year Award Recipient - The Randomized Trial of Achieving Healthy Lifestyles in Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Society for General Internal Medicine Best Published Research Paper of the Year 2013 
10 Major Discoveries in 2013 by NARSAD Grantees - Brain and Behavior Research Foundation
Member Delta Omega, Honorary Society in Public Health
National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) of Montomgery County "National Hero" 2010
Select Publications
A selection of Dr. Daumit's publications are below.
  • Daumit GL, Hermann JA, Coresh J, Powe, NR.  Cardiovascular Procedure Use Among Blacks and Whites: A Seven-Year National Study in Patients with Renal Disease. Annals of Internal Medicine.1999; 130:173-182.
  • Daumit GL, Crum RM, Guallar E, Powe NR, Primm AB, Steinwachs DM, Ford DE. Outpatient Prescriptions for Atypical Antipsychotics for African Americans, Hispanics and Whites in the United States, Archives of General Psychiatry, 2003; 60: 121-128. PMID: 14514496
  • Daumit GL, Pronovost PJ, Anthony CB, Guallar E, Steinwachs DM, Ford DE. Adverse Events During Medical and Surgical Hospitalizations for Persons with Schizophrenia. Archives of General Psychiatry, 2006; 63(3):267-272.0.
  • Boulware LE, Marinopoulos S, Phillips KA, Hwang CW, Maynor K, Merenstein D, Wilson RF, Barnes GJ, Bass EB, Powe NR,Daumit GL. Systematic review: the value of the periodic health evaluation. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2007;146(4):289-30
  • Daumit GL, Dickerson FB, Wang NY, Dalcin A, Jerome GJ, Anderson CA, Young DR, Frick KD, Yu A, Gennusa JV III, Oefinger M, Crum RM, Charleston J, Casagrande SS, Guallar E, Goldberg RW, Campbell LM, Appel LJ. A behavioral weight loss intervention in persons with serious mental illness. New England Journal of Medicine, 2013 Apr 25;368(17):1594-602. PMID: 23517118