Donovan T. Maust, M.D., M.S., is a geriatric psychiatrist and health services researcher. He has two primary areas of research interest. First, he is interested in understanding both the drivers and consequences of potentially inappropriate psychotropic use among older adults, focusing on benzodiazepines and antipsychotics. In addition, his research explores the factors that drive the potentially inappropriate healthcare utilization of patients with dementia.
Dr. Maust earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University. He completed his psychiatry residency and geriatric psychiatry fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, with further training in health services research at the University of Michigan. He is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and a research scientist in the Center for Clinical Management Research of the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.
Areas of Interest
- Trends in and outcomes of antipsychotic and benzodiazepine prescribing to older adults
- How provider and local factors influence psychotropic medication use
- Drivers of inappropriate medical care of patients with dementia
- Use of nationally-representative surveys and claims data
- Impact of new payment models on the care of older adults with mental and cognitive disorders
“Sandwich generation” study shows challenges of caring for both kids and aging parents
Millions of Americans juggle caregiving for two generations; new analysis shows the strain on their time, and financial and mental health.
Phony Diagnoses Hide High Rates of Drugging at Nursing Homes
Dr. Donovan Maust is quoted in this New York Times article
Troubling Trio: Many with Dementia Take Risky Combinations of Medicines
Despite guidelines, 14% are on three or more drugs that act on the brain and nervous system; families and providers should review prescriptions regularly.
- M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
- B.S., The College of William & Mary