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Thomas I. Mackie, PhD, MPH, MA


Overview

Research Interests Practitioners, policymakers, and researchers are often challenged to align health and mental health systems with the best available evidence. Employing mixed methods, I conduct quasi-experimental and implementation studies both to establish an evidence base and promote the incorporation of this evidence into the policies and programs affecting the health and mental health of children and adolescents. I have employed econometric techniques (e.g., instrumental variables, difference-in-difference estimations) when examining a variety of secondary data sources, including the Medicaid Analytic Extracts (MAX), the Medicaid Expenditure Panel Survey, and the Survey of Children with Special Healthcare Needs. I also employ qualitative methodology to conduct deeper examinations of population-level trends and program implementation. I have employed a variety of qualitative research methods, including qualitative interviews, focus groups, document review, and ethnography.
Gender Male

Honors + Awards

2014, PhD Program Commencement Speaker, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University

2013, Outstanding Student Poster Award, Public Health Systems Research (PHSR) Student Scholarship, PHSR Interest Group, Academy Health

2005, Health Services Dissertation Award (Grant Number 1R36HS021985-01), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), 2012-14 Finalist for Rex Fendall award for “excellence in writing” in public health thesis, Boston University School of Public Health

2000, Departmental Honors, Psychology, Wesleyan University

Publications + National Presentations

1. Conrad P, Mackie TI, & Mehrotra A. Estimating the costs of medicalization. Social Science and Medicine 2010; 70, 1943-1947. [DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.02.019]

2. Mackie TI, Hyde J, Rodday AM, Dawson E, Lakshmikanthan R, Bellonci C, Schoonover DR, & Leslie LK.. Psychotropic medication oversight for youth in foster care: A national perspective on state child welfare policy and practice guidelines. Children and Youth Services Review 2011; 22, 2213-2220. [DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.07.003]

3. Hayek M, Mackie TI, Mule CM, Bellonci C, Hyde J, Bakan JS, & Leslie LK. A multi-state study on mental health evaluation for children entering foster care. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research 2013; Advanced online publication. [DOI 10.1007/s10488-013-0495-3]

4. Leyenaar, JK, Capra, LA, O’Brien, ER, Leslie, LK, & Mackie, TI. Determinants of Career Satisfaction among Pediatric Hospitalists: A Qualitative Exploration. Academic Pediatrics 2014; 14(4), 361-368. [DOI: 10.1016/j.acap.2014.03.015]

5. Sakai, C, Mackie, TI, Shetgiri, R, Franzen, S, Partap, A, Flores, G, & Leslie, LK. Mental Health Beliefs and Barriers to Accessing Mental Health Services in Youth Aging out of Foster Care. Academic Pediatrics 2014, 14(6), 565-573. [DOI: 10.1016/j.acap.2014.07.003.]

6. Palinkas L, Garcia, AR, Aarons, GA, Finno, M, Holloway, I, Mackie TI, Leslie LK, Chamberlain, P. (in press). Measuring Use of Research Evidence in Child-Serving Systems: The Structured Interview for Evidence Use (SIEU). Research on Social Work Practice 2014. Available at: http://rsw.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/12/01/1049731514560413.abstract. Accessed December 12, 2014. [DOI: 10.1177/1049731514560413]

Biography

Thomas I. Mackie, PhD, MPH, MA is an Assistant Professor of Medicine within the Department of Medicine, Tufts Medical Center, with a joint appointment at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Mackie was awarded a BA with departmental honors at Wesleyan University and Master of Public Health (MPH) at Boston University School of Public Health. Following domestic and international experiences in public health research and programming, Dr. Mackie attended the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Brandeis University where he received a joint-PhD in Social Policy and Sociology. He developed expertise through this program in health services research (mixed methods), the organizational and implementation sciences, health and mental health policy, and sociology of health and illness.