Bradley D. Stein

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Director, Opioid Policies, Tools, and Information Center (OPTIC); Senior Physician Policy Researcher
Pittsburgh Office


Ph.D. in health policy, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.D., University of Pittsburgh; M.P.H. in health services administration, University of Pittsburgh; B.A. in government, Georgetown University

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Bradley Stein (he/him) is director of the NIH funded RAND Opioid Policy Center and a senior physician policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. A health services and policy researcher and practicing child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Stein's research focuses on better understanding and improving care for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders in community settings. Dr. Stein has worked extensively in recent years examining the effects of state policies and community characteristics on outcomes related to the opioid crisis, including treatment, prevention, and harm reduction. He has also worked in the area of school mental health, developing, evaluating, implementing, and disseminating a school-based intervention for students exposed to trauma and violence as well as a school-based suicide intervention program’s implementation. In addition, he has examined the mental health and substance abuse care of a broad range of Medicaid enrollees, including individuals with depression, children with ADHD, children with autism, children receiving psychotropic medications, and individuals with opioid use disorder and other substance use disorders. Dr. Stein previously served as the senior director of Research, Evaluation, and Outcomes at Community Care Behavioral Health, a large nonprofit managed behavioral health organization. He is a previous standing member of the NIMH Services Study Section and served on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychiatric Services. Dr. Stein received his M.D. and M.P.H. from the University of Pittsburgh and his Ph.D. from Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Recent Projects

  • Opioid use disorder medication-assisted treatment policy
  • Examining the impact of state policies regarding the treatment of autism on the families of children with autism spectrum disorders
  • Enabling schools to better meet the needs of children exposed to traumatic events

Honors & Awards

  • RAND Bronze Medal Award, 2016, RAND Corporation
  • Sidney Berman Award for School-Based Study and Intervention for Learning Disorders and Mental, Health, 2013, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Service Program Award for Excellence, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Addiction Professional; Associated Press; CGTN America; Detroit Free Press; KCBS-AM; KPCC-FM; Los Angeles Times;; Mental Health Weekly Digest; Pain Medicine News; Pittsburgh Business Times; Reuters Health; Santa Monica Mirror; WBUR;

Video Interviews: CCTV


  • Pill bottle with pills spilled out of it, photo by Moussa81/Getty Images

    Where Science Says to Spend Any U.S. Opioid Settlement Money

    A global settlement with pharmaceutical companies has started to appear more and more likely. Even with billions of dollars, the settlement resources won't be unlimited. To avoid mistakes made in the tobacco master settlement agreement, any opioid funds must be carefully allocated.

    Dec 19, 2019 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • Used Narcan (naloxone hydrochloride) containers and syringes sit in a case, after paramedics revived a man in his 40s, who was found unresponsive, after overdosing on opioids in Salem, Massachusetts, August 9, 2017, photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters

    (Grey's) Anatomy of an Opioid Crisis

    More than 130 Americans die every day after overdosing on opioids. So when one of the most popular shows on TV made opioid misuse a major plotline, RAND experts paid attention to how it presented this public health crisis. The show mirrored reality pretty closely, for the narrow slice of the opioid crisis it addressed.

    Apr 8, 2019 Scientific American

  • Doctor and patient discussing medication

    In Opioid Policy, One Size Does Not Fit All

    To solve America's opioid crisis, policymakers will need to view the epidemic as an "ecosystem," where policies that target only one part of the problem can have unintended consequences.

    Oct 12, 2018 The Hill

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    A 'Learning System' in Behavioral Health Can Help in Sharing Best Practices, Innovations

    Leveraging technological advances to make better use of the best available data could help rein in healthcare costs and improve both quality and safety. This makes sense whether the healthcare being delivered is physical or behavioral.

    May 30, 2017 Modern Healthcare

  • Digital Tablet with stethoscope and brain scan

    Toward a Learning Behavioral Health Care System

    New technologies for capturing and sharing data have begun to transform the way providers practice medicine in the United States. Expanding these technologies to behavioral health care could enhance the delivery of services and improve outcomes for millions of Americans.

    Dec 20, 2016 Inside Sources