LARKE NAHME HUANG, PHD
Larke Nahme Huang, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical-community psychologist who has worked at the interface of policy, research and practice in behavioral health. Most recently she was the Director of the Office of Behavioral Health Equity and a Senior Policy Advisor at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At SAMHSA, she led a broad portfolio of work, including reducing disparities in behavioral health care for underserved populations, working with States and counties to improve systems of care for children and youth with serious mental and substance use disorders, advancing trauma-informed approaches to treatment and recovery, and reducing the criminal/juvenile justice involvement of people with mental and substance use disorders.
Prior to her federal work, she was on faculty at the University of California, Berkeley and Georgetown University, a managing director at the American Institutes for Research, and a clinical practitioner in community mental health. She has co-founded national organizations, served on the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, and the Carter Center Mental Health Task Force, and published widely. She received her doctorate from Yale University.