Thomas Clarke currently serves as the Director of the National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory at SAMHSA. In this role, he (1) identifies, coordinates, and facilitates the implementation of policy changes likely to have a significant effect on mental health, mental illness (especially severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders), recovery supports, and the prevention and treatment of substance use disorder services; (2) works with the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) to collect information from grantees under programs operated by the Administration in order to evaluate and disseminate information on evidence-based practices, including culturally and linguistically appropriate services, as appropriate, and service delivery models; and (3) carries out other activities as deemed necessary to continue to encourage innovation and disseminate evidence-based programs and practices.
Thomas joined SAMHSA in November 2012 as a Social Science Analyst in the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) where he worked on designing evaluations for programs focused on substance abuse prevention and treatment as well as mental health promotion. Prior to his work at CBHSQ, Thomas served in several capacities in SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention where he provided leadership on program and data activities focused on marijuana, HIV prevention, underage drinking and prescription drug misuse. Prior to joining SAMHSA, Thomas worked at the Governmental Accountability Office where he developed guidance for federal agencies on designing evaluations.
Thomas holds a Ph.D. in the Social Behavioral Sciences from the University of Arizona and a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan.