Substance Abuse and Mental Health

RTI has established itself as a central player in expanding knowledge about the consequences of substance abuse and the efficacy of programs that combat it. During our history of engagement with these issues, we have researched and monitored the extent and effects of drug and alcohol abuse among youth and college students, the homeless, and residents of specific geographic areas. We emphasize the development of improved methods of measuring substance abuse and its consequences in high-risk populations.

Focus Areas

  • Alcohol research
  • Identification of emerging drugs of abuse
  • Prescription drug abuse
  • Tobacco use
  • Treatment evaluations and interventions
  • Underage drinking


  • Data systems development
  • Epidemiological studies
  • Performance management
  • Process and outcome evaluations
  • Qualitative methods
  • Substance abuse surveillance
  • Survey research


Selected Clients

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
  • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • U.S. Department of Justice's Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Gary A. Zarkin
Vice President, Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice
Laura J. Dunlap
Director, Behavioral Health Economics Program
Robert M. Bray
Senior Research Psychologist