Dr. Thomas I. Mackie, assistant professor in the department of health systems and policy at Rutgers School of Public Health, was elected to serve as the Health Policy and Research Committee Chair in the Medical Sociology Section at the American Sociological Association (ASA). The ASA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to using sociology as a scientific discipline and profession to better the world. The Medical Sociology Section, one of ASA’s largest sections, brings together social and behavioral scientists from a variety of backgrounds, and specializes in health, the social, political and economic circumstances that threaten health and societal forces that impact the medical system.
Dr. Thomas Mackie conducts research on natural experiments (both policy and practice innovations) across the health, mental health, and public health sectors. He is also a member of the core faculty at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University. 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 the Journal of Clinical Lipidology. His research is supported by state and federal agencies, as well as foundations; most recently, he received funding from W.T. Grant Foundation, a foundation dedicated to improving the lives of young children, to investigate the use of research evidence in U.S. mental health policymaking. This study was featured in the W.T. Grant Foundation’s 2016 Guidance for Research Grants.
Dr. Thomas Mackie holds a joint PhD in sociology and social policy from Brandeis University. He has held positions on the Expert Consultative Panel for the Tufts Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) and as KL-2 Qualitative Methods Mentor.