Paul McLaughlin, M.A.


Mr. McLaughlin began his career in the field of addiction treatment in 1971 when he accepted a position with the Stamford (CT) Health Department as Administrator for its Narcotic Addiction Treatment Program.  In 1977, he accepted a position with the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University as Associate Director of its Drug Dependence Unit.  While most of his time at Yale was devoted to administrative and supervisory duties, it was there that he developed an appreciation for the role of research in the development of evidence-based clinical practices and treatment models.  For the past thirty-two years, he has served as the Executive Director of the Hartford Dispensary – a community-based organization that presently operates nine accredited outpatient opioid treatment programs that serve approximately 4,100 patients per day.  Mr. McLaughlin is the Chairman of the Connecticut Methadone Treatment Directors, a director of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence and an active participant of NIDA’s Clinical Trials Network as well as other state and national organizations.  He received a Baccalaureate in Psychology from the University of Southern Connecticut (1966) and a Masters in Psychology from The New School for Social and Political Research in New York (1968).

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