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 and administration, 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 is a senior physician policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. A health services and policy researcher with clinical experience working with children and adults with mental health and substance use disorders, Stein's research focuses on understanding and improving care for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. He has worked extensively 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 implementing a school-based suicide intervention program. He has examined the mental health and substance abuse care of a broad range of Medicaid enrollees, including children and adults with depression, children with ADHD, children with autism, and children receiving psychotropic medications. In recent years, much of his work has focused on how state and federal policies influence the availability and quality of medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorders, and factors influencing the potentially inappropriate prescribing of opioid analgesics. Stein's recent work also involves using technology to support the dissemination and implementation of effective interventions for traumatized children. Stein received his Ph.D. in health policy and administration from the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and his M.D. and M.P.H. in health services administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

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

Selected Publications

Leslie DL, Iskandarani K, Dick AW, Mandell DS, Yu H, Velott D, Agbese E, Stein BD, "The effects of Medicaid home and community-based services waivers significantly reduce unmet needs among children with autism spectrum disorder," Medical Care, 2017

Sontag-Padilla L, Woodbridge MW, Mendelsohn J, D’Amico EJ, Chan Osilla K, Jaycox LH, Eberhart NK, Burnam MA, Stein BD., "Mental Health Service Utilization among California Public College and University Students: Who Accesses Resources and Who Doesn’t?" Psychiatric Services, 2016 (forthcoming)

Stein BD, Sorbero M, Dick AW, Pacula RL, Burns RM, Gordon AJ, "Physician capacity to treat opioid use disorder with buprenorphine-assisted treatment," JAMA, 2016

Burns RM, Pacula RL, Bauhoff S, Gordon AJ, Hendrikson H, Leslie DL, Stein BD., "Policies Related to Opioid Agonist Therapy for Opioid Use Disorders: The Evolution of State Policies from 2004 to 2013.," Substance Abuse, 37(1), 2016

Dick AS, Pacula RL, Gordon AJ, Sorbero M, Burns RM, Leslie DL, Stein BD., "Growth in Buprenorphine Waivers For Physicians Increased Potential Access To Opioid Agonist Treatment, 2002-11.," Health Affairs, 34(6), 2015

Stein BD, Pacula RL, Gordon AL, Burns RM, Leslie DL, Sorbero M, Bauhoff S, Mandell T, Dick AW., "Where is Buprenorphine Dispensed? The Role of Private Offices, Opioid Treatment Programs, and Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities in Urban and Rural Counties.," Millbank Quarterly, 93(9), 2015

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

Recent Media Appearances

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

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