Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry, has accepted a political appointment in the administration of President Barack Obama as senior advisor to the administrator in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Office of Policy, Planning, and Innovation. Delphin-Rittmon will work on policy issues including the elimination of disparities; data, quality and evaluation efforts; and behavioral health service definitions. She has served as the director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs in Connecticut’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and as director of Cultural Competence and Health Disparities Research and Consultation in Yale’s Program for Recovery and Community Health.
Philip Rubin, Ph.D., CEO of Haskins Laboratories and adjunct professor in the Department of Surgery (Otolaryngology), was appointed to key roles at the White House and the National Science Foundation in March. Rubin was named assistant director for social, behavioral, and economic sciences in the Executive Office of the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. He will also serve as a senior advisor in the National Science Foundation’s Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences directorate.