David B. Centerbar, Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate
David B. Centerbar, Ph.D., is a senior research associate for AHP’s Center for Research and Evaluation with more than 15 years of experience in designing and conducting studies and complex data analyses using a variety of study designs and data sources across a diverse range of investigation topics and research populations. Dr. Centerbar’s data analysis experience includes management and analysis of collected data using Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) data collection tools and the Transformation Accountability (TRAC) System National Outcome Measures (NOMs). He has also conducted evaluations of programs serving the needs of older adults and individuals with disabilities (including consumer-directed care initiatives); older adults with multiple co-morbid conditions (including programs to improve health-related quality of life); adolescents, transition-aged youth, and young adults with substance use and/or co-occurring disorders; and at-risk children, youth, and families. Dr. Centerbar has extensive training and experience working with experimental, quasi-experimental, quantitative, and mixed-methods research study designs. He also has expertise in the development and implementation of survey instruments and measurement tools and in conducting complex data-analytic activities that employ a wide variety of approaches and tools. Trained as a social psychologist, Dr. Centerbar has conducted research within both academic (University of Vermont, University of Virginia, and University of Massachusetts Medical School) and private (John Ware Research Group, Inc. and AHP) research settings, utilizing funding support from both federal and non-federal contracts.