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SAMHSA News - January/February 2008, Volume 16, Number 1

Staff in the News

Welcome to Dr. Peter J. Delany

SAMHSA recently welcomed Peter J. Delany, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.-C., as the new Director of the Agency’s Office of Applied Studies (OAS).

Dr. Delany oversees the Office’s broad-based effort to collaborate within SAMHSA and with other experts on issues such as outcome monitoring, epidemiology, and biostatistics.

OAS is the primary source of national data on the prevalence, treatment, and consequences of substance abuse in the United States. OAS collects data on mental health issues as well as information on drug-related emergency room visits and drug-related deaths. OAS is also the national source of information on the location, organization, and capacity of providers.

Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Delany served as Program Director for Health Services Research in the Division of Treatment & Recovery Research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Dr. Delany also has served as the Deputy Director of the Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at NIH. He participated in the National Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies Program Cooperative as a collaborating scientist.

A Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, Dr. Delany is a practicing clinical social worker. He maintains staff privileges at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD.

For more information about SAMHSA’s Office of Applied Studies, visit

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