July 25, 2008 – Thomas McLaughlin Named Senior Director, Applied Policy Research
Thomas McLaughlin, Sc.D., has accepted the position of Senior Director, Applied Policy Research at the UMass Medical School’s Center for Health Policy and Research. Dr. McLaughlin, a professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, will be responsible for providing leadership in the development of research and policy expertise that fosters the use of biomedical innovations in real world settings and populations. These include, but are not limited to, the development of excellence in core health policy content areas:
- Developmental disabilities,
- Pediatric and adult behavioral health in primary care settings,
- Substance abuse and chronic illnesses,
- Medical home,
- End-of-life care,
- Long-term care,
- Health information technology policy,
- Disability and employment, and
- Other key health-related policy issues.
He will also work to develop new linkages with the Medical School to support the pursuit of the next level of research and academic excellence.
Dr. McLaughlin will work at Center for Health Policy and Research part time while maintaining his primary appointment as Chief of the Division of Clinical Research in the Department of Pediatrics.
Dr. McLaughlin is Co-Principal Investigator, with Dr. Marianne Felice, of the MassCHILD (Massachusetts Child Health Indicators and Life Determinants) grant, awarded to UMass Worcester last September to establish a National Children’s Study Center. He is also Principal Investigator of a five-year program funded by the National Institute of Mental Health aimed at developing infrastructure to support intervention and practice research for integration of behavioral health care for children and adults in populations of primary care patients.
Dr. McLaughlin brings a significant background in dissemination and implementation research with expertise in content areas that include mental health in primary care settings, workplace effects of mental disorders, chronic disease management, and health delivery systems interventions.
He completed his graduate work at Harvard University with major concentrations in Health Policy Analysis and Biostatistics and a minor concentration in International Health. He is past chair of the Health Policy Section of the American Statistical Association. He is a member of the core faculty of the UMass Medical School Clinical and Population Health Research doctoral program.