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Doreen Cavanaugh, PhD, is a research professor at the Health Policy Institute, Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Georgetown University where she is responsible for conducting a program of research and policy analysis in the areas of child and adolescent mental health and substance abuse treatment. She is a senior advisor to the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, (SAMHSA) on adolescent issues addressing the financing and organization of adolescent substance abuse treatment services as well as services for youth with co-occurring disorders. Cavanaugh is the national program director of a 16 state CSAT grant initiative to improve the state infrastructure supporting delivery of treatment for adolescents with substance use and co-occurring disorders. She served as chairperson of the Financing Workgroup for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Summit on Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment and works on issues including financing treatment and program sustainability. She has completed an extensive analysis of federal policies affecting the delivery of treatment services for adolescents with substance use disorders, and has consulted on the organization and financing of child and adolescent treatment services for states, foundations and national organizations.

Doreen Cavanaugh is co-chair of a CSAT sponsored committee developing a consumer perception of care survey for adolescents and adults receiving substance abuse treatment. She was the co-chair of a joint CSAT/CMHS Child/Adolescent Modular Survey Committee; and chaired the Washington Circle Subcommittee on Performance Measurement for Care of Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders, a Center for Substance Abuse Treatment supported national group of adolescent substance abuse treatment experts charged with assessing the applicability of the Washington Circle administrative measures to adolescent substance abuse treatment. She serves on a number of related committees including the CMHS sponsored Outcomes Roundtable for Children and Families. Currently, Cavanaugh teaches Mental Health Policy at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. She taught both Child Welfare Policy and Mental Health Policy at the Boston University School of Social Work for many years. Cavanaugh received her Ph.D. in Social Policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University.