Ernest Drucker is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Family and Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health; Senior Research Associate and Scholar in Residence at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of NY, and on the teaching faculty of the Bard Prison Initiative. He is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in NY State and conducts research in AIDS, drug policy, and prisons and is active in public health and human rights efforts in the US and abroad.
For 25 years (1980 - 2005) he was Director of the Division of Public Health and Policy Research at Montefiore/Einstein. He founded Montefiore's 1000 patient drug treatment program in 1970 and served as its Director until 1990. He has been an NIH funded principal investigator since 1991 and is author of over 100 peer reviewed scientific articles, newspaper and magazine pieces, edited collections and chapters, and textbooks. He was founding Associate Editor of The International Journal of Drug Policy; founder and Editor in Chief (with John Booth Davies) of Addiction Research and Theory (1993 - 2005); and is the founding Editor in Chief of the open access Harm Reduction Journal.
He is a founder (in 1994) and Honored Life Member of the International Harm Reduction Association; and a founder and Chairman of the Board of Doctors of the World / USA, 1993-1997, affiliated with Medicins du Monde, France. He has been a Fellow of the Lindesmith Center at the Open Society Institute, a senior Soros Justice Fellow since 2004, and is a 2010- 2011 Senior Specialist in Global Health of the US/Australian Fulbright Program. A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America, his first book, was published by The New Press in September 2011.