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Thomas I. Mackie, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Assistant Professor, School of Public Health

tmackie@ifh.rutgers.edu, (848) 932-6898


Thomas I. Mackie (Joint-Ph.D., Sociology and Social Policy, Graduate School of Arts and Science and Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University) is core faculty at the Institute, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Systems and Policy, School of Public Health, Rutgers University. Dr. Mackie’s research leverages interdisciplinary and mixed methods to bring new evidence to address policy and practice dilemmas for children and adolescents. His research involves the examination of natural experiments (both policy and practice innovations) across the health, mental health, and public health sectors Specific areas of inquiry include investigations of the implementation and impact of federal and state policies, guidelines, and evidence based practices on service use and patient-centered outcomes.

His current research portfolio employs mixed methods to examine the comparative effectiveness and implementation of innovations in an array of policy and practice arenas, including pediatric mental and behavioral health services, systems of care, and psychotropic medication use. Dr. Mackie currently serves as PI on a WT Grant funded study, ' Integrating Theoretic and Empirical Findings of Research Evidence Use: A Healthcare Systems Engineering Approach,’ that examine the use of research evidence by state policymakers. He also leads a return of investment analysis of a SAMHSA-funded systems of care contract to the State of New Jersey. Dr. Mackie is also an Investigator on the study, “Addressing Systemic Health Disparities in Early ASD Identification and Treatment,” recently funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH, RFA MH-14-100, PI: Sheldrick & Carter); in this capacity, Dr. Mackie leads the qualitative investigation of the implementation of a two-stage screening process for ASD in Early Intervention sites. Dr. Mackie has also been involved in two studies funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute; most recently, as co-PI, of a four-state study examining the comparative effectiveness of state mental health oversight mechanisms on patient-prioritized measures of psychotropic medication safety (PI: Crystal; Co-PIs: Simmel, Mackie). His research has been published in a variety of peer reviewed journals, such as Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, Social Science and Medicine, Children and Youth Services Review, and Journal of Clinical Lipidology.

Having been invited to present at regional, state, and national child welfare conferences, Dr. Mackie routinely translates his research evidence to policymakers and practitioners responsible for mental health oversight among children involved in public sector systems. With support provided by Casey Family Programs, he provides technical assistance efforts to Delaware and co-facilitates a listserv for child and adolescent psychiatrists who provide systems-level consultation in mental health oversight for children in foster care. Dr. Mackie is also committed to training and mentoring in mixed methods approaches to health services research, as demonstrated by his previous roles as KL-2 Qualitative Methods Mentor and a member of the Expert Consultative Panel for the Tufts Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) and his development and co-facilitation of instructional web-based classes on mixed and qualitative methods for the Tufts CTSI (with Dr. Justeen Hyde).



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