Rear Admiral (RADM) Peter J. Delany, Ph.D., LCSW-C, serves as the Director of the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In this role he leads a diverse team of professionals engaged in the collection, analysis, and dissemination of critical public health data on substance use, mental illness, and other health topics. These efforts include contracts totaling more than $500 million in support of comprehensive, national data-collection efforts focusing on the incidence and prevalence of substance use and mental disorders, their treatment, and adverse health consequences stemming from behavioral-health conditions. He led the creation of this Center on behalf of the agency. He also served as the agency's senior official coordinating the strategic initiative for data, outcomes, and quality for the period 2011-2014.
Dr. Delany received his bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his Master in Social Work and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the Catholic University of America. He also completed the Senior Executive Fellows program from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
A career officer in the United States Public Health Commissioned Corps, RADM Delany has more than 30 years of experience in social work practice, teaching, and public health-based research focusing on health services. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Program Director for Health Services Research in the Division of Treatment & Recovery Research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and as the Deputy Director of the Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), where he also participated as a collaborating scientist on the National Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies Program Cooperative.
RADM Delany is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and served on a number of professional boards, including the Board of Directors of the Center for Clinical Social Work, the Defense Health Board in the Department of Defense, and the Defense Health Board's Subcommittee on Psychological Health. He also served as a member of a number of topical committees with the National Association of Social Workers, the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work, the U.S. Public Health Service Social Work Professional Advisory Group, the Health Services Professional Advisory Committee, and the Surgeon General's Advisory Council. He is the author or co-author of more than 20 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in health services and the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. He speaks nationally and internationally on a variety of health and behavioral-health issues.
RADM Delany is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the PHS Outstanding Service Medal, Commendation Medal, and Achievement Medal. He also received a number of civilian and Commissioned Corps awards, including the Knee-Wittman Outstanding Achievement Award, the Alumni Achievement Award from Catholic University, the Legacy Leadership Award by the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work, the Excellence in Health Care Leadership Award, the Stanley J. Kissel, Jr. Award, the PHS Social Worker of the Year Award, and several group awards, including the DHHS Secretary's award for Distinguished Service.