Behavioral Health

Westat supports efforts to reduce substance abuse and tobacco use, and to improve mental health through our work on program and policy evaluations, health services research, and surveillance systems. Our work covers a broad array of areas, including prevention activities, data systems, and information dissemination. These activities put Westat at the forefront of research that assesses the impact of behavioral health issues and how to address those challenges for consumers.

Follow the links below to find sample projects in each area.


What prevention strategies work? How can they be improved? Westat conducts large-scale, national surveys with diverse groups to better understand prevention; conducts evaluation research; and implements communication strategies for the prevention and intervention of substance abuse and behavioral disorders.

Treatment & Recovery

How do different populations respond to treatments and therapies? Westat has significant experience studying diverse groups through targeted surveys and program evaluations to provide an evidence base for effective substance abuse and mental health treatment and recovery support.

Performance & Quality Measurement

Providing clear, concise metrics is the crux of assessing performance. Westat provides technical, data, and analytic support for research questions, as well as helps clients discover trends and directions for the future. Westat also develops and implements systems to facilitate the collection of performance measurement data.


Westat’s research helps policymakers and other stakeholders gain the needed knowledge to help the advancement of prevention, treatment, and intervention initiatives related to a variety of substance abuse, tobacco use, and mental health issues.

Epidemiology & Surveillance

Westat is a leader in conducting surveillance work and using epidemiologic data to plan, implement, and assess behavioral health efforts.

Knowledge Transfer

Westat develops award-winning communication products ranging from traditional print vehicles to multimedia suites, including social media, in order to disseminate evidence-based and promising practices to all stakeholders, including policymakers, service providers, the media, and consumers.