Michael Shafer
Director, Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy & Professor
School Of Social Work

Michael S. Shafer, Ph.D. is a professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University’s College of Public Service and Community Solutions where he also holds affiliate appointments in the Center for Health Information Research and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.   Dr. Shafer is the founding director of the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy which has, for the past 25 years, conducted cutting edge research on the adoption and implementation of innovative practices in behavioral health care.  Dr. Shafer has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed research articles and generated more than $45 million in grants and contracts that target capacity building and innovation in behavioral health services.   Dr. Shafer earned his Ph.D. in Education in 1988 from Virginia Commonwealth University.  He has received numerous awards and citations, including recognition from the U.S. Department of Justice for the development of crisis intervention training for law enforcement personnel.  Dr. Shafer is a frequent contributor to professional literature and he consults with behavioral health agencies throughout the country. 

  • Effectiveness of telemedicine in training substance abuse counselors;
  • Effectiveness of mental health courts
  • Organizational and patient level mechanisms affecting implementation of Medication Assisted Treatment
  • Implementation or substance abuse treatment services within correctional and child welfare systems