Headshot photo of Dennis McCarty, Ph.D.

Dennis McCarty, Ph.D.

  • Professor, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health


Dennis McCarty, Ph.D., a Professor in the Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, works at the intersection of policy, research and practice assessing the organization, financing, and quality of prevention and treatment services for alcohol and drug disorders. He serves as the Director of the Education Core for the Methamphetamine Abuse Research Center (P50 DA018165), the co-Principal Investigator for the Western States Node of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (U10 DA015815), and the Principal Investigator for an evaluation of the impacts of Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations on prevention and treatment for alcohol and drug use disorders (R33 DA035640).  Dr. McCarty is the Academic Director for the University of Amsterdam’s Summer Institute on Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction – a two week course that uses Dutch policy perspectives on drug use disorders to introduce the neuroscience, genetics, treatment and prevention of alcohol and drug use disorders.  Between 1989 and 1995, Dr. McCarty directed the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Currently, he serves on the Oregon Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission and the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse. He received a doctorate in social psychology from the University of Kentucky.


Education and training

    • B.A., 1971, University of Kentucky
    • M.A., 1976, University of Kentucky
    • Ph.D., 1978, University of Kentucky



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