David A. Rochefort

Areas of Study

U.S. Health and Welfare Policy, Public Policy Analysis, Quantitative Techniques, Social Problem Fiction, Political Language, Community-Based Research, Political Ethics

Selected Publications


  • (coauthor with David Mechanic and Donna D. McAlpine) Mental Health and Social Policy, 6th ed. (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2014).
  • (Senior author with Kevin P. Donnelly) Foreign Remedies: What the Experience of Other Nations Can Tell Us about Next Steps in Reforming U.S. Health Care (New York: Routledge, 2012).
  • (Editor) Quantitative Methods in Practice: Readings from PS (Washington DC: CQ Press, 2006).
  • (Editor, with Robert Hackey, and contributor) The New Politics of State Health Policy (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2001).
  • From Poorhouses to Homelessness: Policy Analysis and Mental Health Care, 2nd ed. (Westport, CT: Auburn House, 1997).
  • (Senior Editor, with Roger W. Cobb, and contributor)The Politics of Problem Definition: Shaping the Policy Agenda (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1994).
  • (Editor and Contributor) Handbook on Mental Health Policy in the United States (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1989).
  • American Social Welfare Policy: Dynamics of Formulation and Change (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1986).


  • (Coauthor with Kevin P. Donnelly) “The Lessons of Lesson Drawing: How the Obama Administration Attempted to Learn from Failure of the Clinton Health Plan,” Journal of Policy History, April 2012.
  • “Agenda Setting,” in Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy, ed. Jack Rabin (New York: Marcel Dekker, 2005).
  • “Mental Health Policy,” in Poverty and Social Welfare in America: An Encyclopedia, ed. Gwendolyn Mink and Alice O’Connor (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2004).
  • “The Role of Anecdotes in Regulating Managed Care,” Health Affairs 17 (November/December 1998): 142-149
  • (Senior author with Paula Goering) “‘More a Link than a Division’: How Canada Has Learned from U.S. Mental Health Policy,” Health Affairs 17 (September/October 1998): 110-127.
  • “Mental Health Policymaking in the Intergovernmental System,” in Sociology of Mental Health and Illness, ed. A. V. Horwitz and T. L. Scheid (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999).

Selected Professional Activities

  • College of Arts & Sciences, Northeastern University, Distinguished Professor, first appointed in 2001
  • Northeastern University Excellence-in-Teaching Award, June 1998; Renominated 2007, 2010
  • Visiting Professor, Taubman Public Policy Center, Brown University, 2007-2010
  • Founding Director, Northeastern University Community-Based Research Initiative
  • Practice-Oriented Education Award, Northeastern University, 2006
  • Beverly Visiting Professor, The Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, fall 1999
  • President’s Outstanding Service Award, Mental Health Association of Rhode Island, 1998
  • Fulbright Scholar Award, University of Montreal, fall 1996
  • Policy Analysis Consultant – Human Services Research Institute, Massachusetts Health Policy Forum, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, New Jersey Department of Human Services
  • Statistical Training Consultant – U.S. Department of Environmental Protection



  • POLS 2385 U.S. Health and Welfare Policy
  • POLS 2400 Quantitative Techniques
  • POLS 4948 Community Based Research Practicum
  • HONR 3342 Special Topic: Social Fact from Fiction
  • HONR 3342 Special Topic: Mastering the Language of Public Affairs
  • HONR 3310 Can There Be Morality in Politics?


  • POLS 7202 Quantitative Techniques
  • POLS 7203 Techniques of Policy Analysis
  • POLS 7323 Mental Health Policy Analysis and Administration
  • POLS 7328 Case Studies in Policy Analysis