Appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, he was for 6 years a member of the National Advisory Council of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. For two years he served on a panel of experts appointed by the Institute of Medicine, a component of the National Academy of Sciences, to analyze and make recommendations for the improvement behavioral health services across the country. The Institute’s final report, Crossing the Quality Chasm, has been published by the National Academy Press. He has also served on a national policy panel sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to recommend improvements in the quality of treatment for alcohol and drug problems.
Currently, Dr. Feldman is a member of the MacArthur Foundation Network on Mental Health Policy Research and, as an appointee of the Governor of California, he is a Commissioner on the state’s Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. He has held faculty appointments at several universities including Johns Hopkins, State University of New York and Stony Brook and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He has been a consultant to a number of organizations, including the World Health and Pan America Health Organizations.
Dr. Feldman is a founding fellow and former President of the American College of Mental Health Administration. The College established an award in his name for individuals who have made outstanding lifetime contributions to behavioral health policy and administration. He is founding editor of Administration and Policy in Mental Health, a professional journal for the behavioral health field. Dr. Feldman holds an undergraduate degree in accounting, masters degree in psychology and a doctorate in public administration, with a specialization in health services.