Donovan Maust, M.D.

Associate Professor
Associate Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Program
Research Scientist, Ann Arbor VA Center for Clinical Management Research


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


  • M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • B.S., The College of William & Mary

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