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Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy

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The Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy provides a dynamic, solution-oriented institutional home for the diverse research and education efforts at the Bloomberg School in the areas of mental health and addiction policy.

The Center brings together faculty and trainees from the fields of: services and economics; statistics and methodology; communication research and implementation science to use a public health approach to strengthen mental health and addiction services and systems in the United States, and to train a new generation of policy researchers in this field.

Meet our faculty leadership

Sachini Bandara
Assistant Professor
Mental Health

Sachini Bandara, PhD ’18, MS, studies how public health policies can improve wellbeing for people who use drugs, have mental illness, or are involved in the carceral system.

Alene Kennedy-Hendricks
Assistant Professor
Health Policy and Management

Alene Kennedy-Hendricks, PhD '15, conducts policy and services research focused on the health and well-being of people with substance use and mental health conditions.

Matthew Eisenberg
Associate Professor
Health Policy and Management

Matthew Eisenberg, PhD, uses economics to analyze governmental, insurer, and employer healthcare policies with applications to mental health and substance use disorders.

Elizabeth Stuart

Elizabeth Stuart, PhD, uses statistical methods to help learn about the effects of public health programs and policies, often with a focus on mental health and substance use.