John McCarthy, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor
Director, Serious Mental Illness Treatment Resource and Evaluation Center, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention (OMHSP)
Director, Data and Surveillance, Suicide Prevention Program, VA OMHSP
Investigator, VA Center for Clinical Management Research


John F. McCarthy, Ph.D., M.P.H, is Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry.  After working for four years in physician education and ambulatory administration at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, John earned an MPH from the School of Public Health and a PhD in Health Services Organization and Policy from the University of Michigan.  For over 21 years, his work has focused on Veterans, mental health access, health systems, health behavior and population health.  He has held national VA scientific leadership roles since 2007.  Currently, e serves as Director of VA's Serious Mental Illness Treatment Resource and Evaluation Center, Director of the National Primary Care-Mental Health Integration Evaluation, and Director of Data and Surveillance for Suicide Prevention.  He also provides site leadership for SMITREC's post-doctoral training program.  His experiences include VA leadership roles for Congressional and White House initiatives.  

Dr. McCarthy has had ongoing funding for mental health services research, program evaluation, and operations work, including VA and NIH grants and dedicated Center funding. His scientific expertise includes health system access, suicide epidemiology, measurement based management, medication adherence, serious mental illness, mental health services program evaluation, and suicide predictive modeling.  

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Areas of Interest

  • Access and quality of care among Veterans with mental illness
  • Suicide risk and suicide prevention
  • Mental health program evaluation
  • Mental health services operations and performance assessment


  • B.A., Brandeis University (1987)
  • M.P.H., University of Michigan, Health Behavior and Health Education (1996)
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, Health Services Organization and Policy (2002)

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