Robert DuPont

Robert DuPont

Former U.S. White House drug chief; founding director, National Institute on Drug Abuse; president, Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc.
For more than 40 years, Robert L. DuPont, M.D. has been a leader in drug abuse prevention and treatment. Among his many contributions to the field is his leadership as the first Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (1973-1978), and as the second White House Drug Chief (1973-1977). From 1968 to 1970, he was Director of Community Services for the District of Columbia Department of Corrections, heading parole and halfway-house services. From 1970 to 1973, he served as administrator of the District of Columbia Narcotics Treatment Administration (NTA), the city-wide drug-abuse treatment program that was the model for the federal government’s massive commitment to drug-abuse treatment in the early 1970s. Following this distinguished public career, in 1978, Dr. DuPont became the founding president of the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc.

Dr. DuPont has published more than 200 professional articles and 15 books and monographs on a variety of health-related subjects. He chairs the forensic science committee and is a Life Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). He is also a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and was chairman of the Drug Dependence Section of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) from 1974 to 1979. In 1989, he became a founding member of the Medical Review Officer Committee of ASAM. He is an International Fellow of Drug Free Australia.

A graduate of Emory University, Dr. DuPont received an M.D. degree in 1963 from the Harvard Medical School. He completed his psychiatric training at Harvard and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. DuPont maintains an active practice of psychiatry specializing in addiction and the anxiety disorders and has been Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine since 1980. He is vice president of Bensinger, DuPont and Associates (BDA), a leading national consulting firm dealing with substance abuse.

Dr. DuPont currently serves on the boards of directors of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, the Kolmac Foundation, the American Council on Science and Health, the National Anxiety Foundation, and the World Federation Against Drugs.
Latest contributions by Robert DuPont

Rights, Wrongs, and the War on Drugs

Former White House Drug Chief Robert DuPont argues that recreational drug use is not a human right.