Rear Admiral Peter J. Delany currently serves as the Director of the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In this role he provides direction and oversight to a diverse office of professionals who are responsible for the collection, analysis, and dissemination critical public health data related to substance use, mental illness, and related disorders. 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. He also serves as the agency’s senior official coordinating the SAMHSA’s strategic initiative for data, outcomes and quality. Dr. Delany also acts as a Visiting Lecturer at the Catholic University of America and holds an appointment as a Clinical Professor at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.
Dr. Delany received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park and his Masters 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, Dr. Delany has 30 years of experience in social work practice, teaching, and public health based research focusing on behavioral health and 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, (NIAAA) and as the Deputy Director of the Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), NIH where he also participated as a collaborating scientist on the National Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies Program Cooperative.
Dr. Delany is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has served on a number of board supporting professional organizations and health missions 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. Dr. Delany has also served on several national committees for including 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, Health Services Professional Advisory Committee, and the Surgeon General’s Advisory Council. He has authored or co-authored more than 20 articles and book chapters in the area of health services and addiction treatment and has presented both nationally and internationally on a variety of health and behavioral health issues.
Dr. Delany is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the PHS Outstanding Service Medal, Commendation Medal, and Achievement Medal. He has also been honored with 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.