Elinore McCance-Katz, MD, PhD is the first Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use and leads the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She obtained her PhD from Yale University in Infectious Disease Epidemiology and is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She is board certified in General Psychiatry and in Addiction Psychiatry. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry with more than 25 years as a clinician, teacher, and clinical researcher. Prior to returning to federal service at the Department of Health and Human Services, she served as the Chief Medical Officer for the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals. She was also Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University. From 2013-2015, she served as the first Chief Medical Officer for SAMHSA.