Carol L. Council is one of RTI’s senior experts on substance abuse and behavioral health research. An epidemiologist, Ms. Council focuses on quality measurement and performance monitoring systems for behavioral health providers. She conducts cross-site evaluations of behavioral health initiatives and serves as a task lead on site visits to behavioral health specialty and military health programs.
In a career that spans more than 30 years, Ms. Council has done extensive work with North Carolina state behavioral health agencies and providers. Before joining RTI in 2001, she was director of research and planning for the Substance Abuse Services Section of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). She previously served as deputy section chief for injury control in the North Carolina Division of Epidemiology, overseeing three branches: Forensic Tests for Alcohol, Injury Prevention, and Driver Medical Evaluation. She has also been manager of alcohol studies at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center.
Currently, Ms. Council is a subject matter expert and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) technical assistance (TA) and training lead for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Performance and Reporting System (SPARS). She is a task leader for the Shatterproof ATLAS Rating System, a tool to help people find quality addiction treatment. Ms. Council is fluent in SAS and SPSS software and conversant in German. She holds an ASA Train the Trainer certification and is a Motivational Interviewing Fidelity Trainer. She is a member of the National Quality Forum, the American Public Health Association, and the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs, and Traffic Safety.