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Dennis McCarty

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Professor Emeritus Health Systems & Policy
Office OHSU – CSB 678 Phone: (503) 494-1177


As a Professor Emeritus, Dr. Dennis McCarty works at the intersection of policy, research and practice as he assesses 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 and the co-principal investigator for the Western States Node of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network. He is also co-investigator for an evaluation of the impacts of Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations on prevention and treatment for alcohol and drug use disorders. He also serves on the Oregon Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission.

From 1989 to 1995, McCarty directed the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of Kentucky, 1971
M.A., University of Kentucky, 1976
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1978
Post docoral, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1977 – 1980

Awards and Honors
  • 2014, International Award for Excellence in Mentoring, National Institute on Drug Abuse, International Program
  • 2012, Lifetime Achievement Award, Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Section, American Public Health Association
  • 2011, Robert Anderson Award for Research, National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors
  • 2007, Fellow, American Psychological Association, Division 28 — Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse
  • 2005, Distinguished Faculty Award for Outstanding Research, OHSU


  • Task Order 6 (Chou, Roger)  Aug 16 – May 17 AHRQ Naloxone Guidelines for Emergency Medical Technicians, Role: investigator
  • UG1 DA015815 (McCarty, Dennis & Sorensen, Jim) Jul 2015 – Jun 2020 NIH/NIDA, Western States Node of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network, Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • R33 DA035640 (Rieckmann, Traci) May 2014 – April 2017 NIH/NIDA Oregon’s CCOs integrate care for drug use disorders Role: Investigator
  • R01 MH1000001 (McConnell, K. John & Lindrooth, Richard) 2012 – 2017 NIH/NIMH, Evaluating Coordinated Care Organizations, Role: investigator
  • P50 DA018165 (Janowsky, Aaron) NIH/NIDA, Methamphetamine Abuse Research Center, Role: Director, Education Core
  • R01 DA029716 (McCarty, Dennis) 2011 – 2017, NIH/NIDA, Integrating Addiction Treatment and Medical Care in a Commercial Health Plan, Role: Principal Investigator

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  • R01 DA030431 (Molfenter, Todd), March 2012 – February 2017, NIH/NIDA, A Payer/Treatment Agency Intervention to Increase Use of Buprenorphine, Role: Investigator


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