Sean Haley

Substance Use and Policy Systems Research

Dr. Haley explores implementation and policy factors associated with substance use disorder prevention and treatment access. Dr. Haley has held leadership and management positions in county and state government systems, foundations, and other not for profit organizations. Dr. Haley completed his post doctorate training as a Policy Research Scientist at the Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia and served as the Senior Research Analyst for the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors in Washington, D.C. before joining the faculty of the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health in 2010. Dr. Haley spent the 2018-2019 academic year as a Fulbright Scholar leading an implementation study on alcohol screening and brief intervention in primary care within Rio de Janeiro’s public health care system. He serves as the Immediate Past Chair for the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Section of the American Public Health Association, and in June of 2020 he co-founded the national Alcohol Action Network to reduce the rapid expansion of alcohol availability. Dr. Haley serves on the core advisory team for CDC’s Center for Advancing Alcohol Science to Practice. 

Research Focus Areas

Health systems, vulnerable populations, performance contracting, performance measures in health care with a specific emphasis on public sector substance abuse treatment services

Key Organizational Relationships

Chair, the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Section of the American Public Health Association


PhD in Social Policy
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
MPH in Health Policy and Administration
University of Michigan, Ann Harbor, MI
BA in Psychology
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Select Publications

  • Haley, S.J., Vargens, R., da Silva Sudré, A.A. et al. Perceptions of Patients’ Alcohol Use and Related Problems Among Primary Care Professionals in Rio de Janeiro. Int J Ment Health Addiction (2021).
  • Haley, S.J., Athié, K., Wyka, K.E. et al. Implementation Protocol To Increase Problematic Alcohol Use Screening and Brief Intervention in Brazil’s National Health System. Int J Ment Health Addiction 19, 72–90 (2021).
  • Sean J. Haley, Sheng Li, Sarp Uner, Umut Arslan, Hande Konşuk Unlu, Mahmut S. Yardim, Nazmi Bilir, Ozgur M. Araz, Hilal H. Ozcebe, Terry T.-K. Huang. Perceptions of Obesity Prevention Policies: Socioeconomic Assessment in the Turkish Capital. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 44, e20-e27 (2019). DOI:
  • Sean J. Haley, Javier Ponce Terashima, Kim A. Hoffman, Maria Sofia Cuba Fuentes, Jennifer P. Wisdom. Barriers to Primary Care in Lima, Peru. World Medical and Health Policy. (2017). DOI: