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Principal Associate, Health & Environment

Margaret Gwaltney has more than 40 years of experience directing and executing behavioral health and technical assistance-based contracts for federal clients. She served as Project Director for the first ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, collaborating with Department of Health and Human Services agencies and scientific experts to produce the report. Her clients have included the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Office on Women’s Health (OWH), and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

Currently, Gwaltney serves as Senior Advisor on the Evidence-Based Resource Contract for SAMHSA. She participates on teams that are developing in-depth resource guides on the prevention and treatment of specific mental and substance use disorders and alcohol, drug, and mental health problems. She also was project director for the National Evaluation of Project LAUNCH, for SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services. Project LAUNCH is a federal grant program aimed at promoting the social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and behavioral health of children from birth to eight years of age.

Gwaltney has a proven history of project management in health-related fields at Abt. She directed the Health Communications and Marketing initiative for SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, leading outreach to diverse target audiences through tailored prevention materials and substance use prevention and education campaigns. Her experience in program evaluation, health communications, and data analysis has been instrumental in a range of Abt projects.

Before coming to Abt, Gwaltney served for 14 years at the COSMOS Corporation as Project Director and Vice President.


  • Substance Use Prevention and Treatment
  • Project Management
  • Health Communications
  • Product Development
  • Technical Assistance

Key Projects

  • Evidence-based Resource Contract
  • Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health
  • Health Communications and Marketing Contract for the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention


  • Implementation of Project LAUNCH:  Cross-site Evaluation Findings, Volume I. OPRE Report 2014-87. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, 2014, (co-authored).
  • “Enhancing Home Visiting with Mental Health Consultation,” Pediatrics, 2013;132;S180, available at (co-authored).
  • Strengthening the Addictions Treatment Workforce Through Technology Transfer: Findings from the Planning, Partnering, and Service Delivery Study – A Study from the National Evaluation of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, Abt Global, Cambridge, MA, February 2011 (co-authored).
  • Using Concept Mapping to Develop a Logic Model for the Prevention Research Centers Program. Preventing Chronic Disease. January 2006, available at (co-authored).
  • Feasibility Study for an Evaluation of the Patient Navigation Research Program, (for the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health), Abt Global Inc., Bethesda, MD, March 2005.
Margaret K. Gwaltney