Dr Thomas F. Hilton
Consulting Editor: Thomas F. Hilton (Ph.D.)
Tom Hilton is a Retired Navy Captain and Retired NIH Science Officer and Program Official. His doctoral work under the late Saul Sells at TCU was funded by NIDA to examine the effects of organizational climate on addiction treatment outcomes. Before becoming a Navy research psychologist, Tom was a pilot and destroyer navigator. His Navy research examined ways to use the climate and culture of organizations to improve health services at sea and in large hospitals. His research also addressed ways to enhance medical career development policy for Navy’s corpsmen, nurses, physicians, and psychologists. While at the Pentagon, Tom administered Navy’s personnel survey programs, and oversaw applied research in Navy training and staffing. Before joining NIDA in 2000, Tom managed the FAA Training and Organizational Research Lab, and served a detail at the White House Office of Reinventing Government (REGO). While at REGO, Tom directed technical development of the OPM Viewpoint Survey. Tom’s first NIDA portfolio emphasized ways management and organizational factors affected addiction treatment effectiveness. Later, he started a portfolio that concentrated on addiction recovery support systems. Related to his recovery work, Tom became a science officer for the NIH Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS), where he administered and participated in the development of measures to monitor alcohol and substance abuse recovery. Tom continues editorial responsibilities at several journals, publishes, consults, and conducts research from his home in coastal Florida.