This month, Dennis McCarty, Ph.D., professor and vice chair of the Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, will be honored at the American Public Health Association’s 140th annual meeting with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Section. The award is meant to recognize an individual who has had a long and distinguished career in the field and has provided a lifetime of significant contributions. Dr. McCarty’s career has focused on bridging the gap between policy, practice, and research related to alcohol and drug abuse treatment and prevention.
“I am honored to receive the award and recognize that my success reflects substantial support and assistance from colleagues, mentors, and students,” he said.
At OHSU, Dr. McCarty serves as principal investigator (PI) and co-PI on a number of NIH-funded projects. His major responsibilities include co-directing the Western States Node of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN), serving as PI for the Medication Research Partnership, and directing the Education Core for the Methamphetamine Abuse Research Center. Dr. McCarty’s work is highly collaborative and often involves building relationships with community partners and policymakers. For example, as co-PI of the CTN, Dr. McCarty and colleagues work with community-based drug abuse treatment centers to test emerging pharmacological and behavioral therapies in complex clinical settings. As PI of the Medication Research Partnership, he works with a large, national health plan and eight of its contracted addition treatment centers to improve access to medication.
Over the course of his career, Dr. McCarty has been appointed to three Institute of Medicine committees. Most recently, he participated on a committee that reviewed prevention and treatment services in the military. The committee released a report last month that recommends substantial change to the substance use services offered to military members and their families.
Prior to joining OHSU in 2000, Dr. McCarty directed a center grant on managed care and drug use at Brandeis University and spent several years working as a public health official and policymaker for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
This article originally appeared on OHSU Research News.