Senior Developmental Epidemiologist
Scott Novak, PhD, holds research interests in the causes, correlates, and consequences of substance use, including the behavioral and psychiatric sequelae. He currently directs the program of research on prescription drug abuse within RTI's behavioral health epidemiology program. He is also active in studies investigating the epidemiology of new synthetic/designer drugs of abuse in the United States and internationally.
Dr. Novak leads a large data coordinating center from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to track performance measures for clients in 600 substance abuse treatment facilities across the United States. He also works on a federal initiative to create community-level estimates for illicit drug abuse from 22 local antidrug coalitions. In addition, he is the principal investigator for a surveillance system in eight European Union countries to monitor prescription drug abuse.
Dr. Novak's expertise is in novel statistical and methodological approaches to the analysis of epidemiological and clinical data, including extensions of the generalized linear mixed model (e.g., HLM) to classification, measurement, and diagnosis of disease. His methodological interests also involve the application of new social media technologies for data collection and analysis. He is the principal investigator on several NIH grants and commercial projects, and has authored more than 100 papers and presentations.
Before coming to RTI in 2004, he was on the faculty of Brown University in the Department of Community Health, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Faculty Fellow in the Department of Health Care Policy/Maternal and Child Health at Harvard University.
- PhD, Quantitative Sociology, University of Kentucky at Lexington
- MA, Medical Sociology, University of Kentucky at Lexington
- MS, Statistics (Honors), Harvard University
- BS, Statistics, University of Wisconsin at Madison
- BA, Sociology, University of Wisconsin at Madison
- Statistical Methodology
- Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorder Research
- Epidemiological Study Design
- February 1, 2016
Study: Middle-aged white men marijuana use on the rise
– News Release
- November 12, 2015
RTI research shows marijuana usage is accurate indicator in predicting passage of medical marijuana laws
– WRAL TechWire
- May 20, 2015
Are there unintended consequences of marijuana legalization? These experts weigh In
– The Daily Caller