Mady Chalk, Ph.D.
Mady Chalk, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Performance-Based Policy at the Treatment Research Institute (TRI) in Philadelphia, PA. The Center provides an arena in which States and local policy makers, purchasers, elected officials, and treatment providers can meet with clinical and policy researchers to exchange ideas and develop testable strategies to improve the delivery of addiction treatment. In addition, the Center focuses on translation of research into policy.
Prior to becoming a member of the staff of TRI, for many years Dr. Chalk was the Director of the Division of Services Improvement in the Federal Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Dr. Chalk provided Federal leadership for the discretionary grant program at CSAT, its quality improvement programs including the Washington Circle Group and participation in NiaTx, implementation of the Center's science to service/best practices agenda, and its organization and financing studies, and workforce development activities. In addition, Dr. Chalk provided the leadership for a number of innovative new State-wide programs related to increasing access to alcohol and drug treatment including a program in generalist medical settings that provides screening, brief interventions, and referrals to treatment.
Before joining the Federal government, Dr. Chalk was Senior Program Officer at the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. in Health and Social Policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University. For 15 years before coming to the Washington area, Dr. Chalk was a faculty member in the Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and the Director of the Outpatient /Community Services Division of Yale Psychiatric Institute.