Elizabeth I. Lopez, Ph.D., is the Acting Director of the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the lead agency for behavioral health statistics, as designated by the Office of Management and Budget. In this role, she provides leadership for a team of professionals in behavioral health statistics, surveillance, and epidemiology, including the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and the Drug Abuse Warning Network data collections. She also provides oversight for the SAMHSA grant performance management data collection. Dr. Lopez also serves as the Deputy Director of CBHSQ. Prior to this role, Dr. Lopez served as the Deputy Director for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). In that role she provided leadership and management of more than a $2 billion dollar annual budget and oversees the day to day programmatic and administrative operations for CSAT.
For the past 25 years, Dr. Lopez has worked at the interface of practice, research and public service and has assumed multiple leadership roles dedicated to improving the lives of people with and at risk for mental and substance use disorders. Prior to joining DHHS/SAMHSA, Dr. Lopez worked for the US Department of Justice in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention where she managed the research and evaluation portfolio of child abuse and neglect and comprehensive community initiatives projects supported by DOJ. Prior to federal service, Dr. Lopez worked for the State of Virginia where she facilitated the integration of children’s mental health and substance abuse services at the municipal level and went on to work at the State level providing statewide consultation of children’s prevention and treatment behavioral health services. Dr. Lopez holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University.