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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
TWG has conducted research for NHTSA and the DOT for a number of years on a variety of projects. Most recently, the work has focused on illegal drugs and driving. These projects have involved both policy evaluation and field and laboratory research, and have occurred on both a national and international level.
Office of National Drug Control Policy
The White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy and The Walsh Group have partnered on a number of projects over the past decade. The most recent projects have addressed illegal drugs in driving, and have utilized field studies and laboratory work. TWG has also completed work for the ONDCP involving illegal drugs and sports, which included serving as the scientific advisor to the Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA)’s Commission on Drugs in Sport.
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Our work with NIDA has focused on several aspects of substance abuse: alcohol abuse treatment and illegal drugs and driving. Our drug/alcohol treatment project has involved quantitative research on a national level, while our illegal drugs and driving project involves both national data collection and international collaboration with nations in the European Union.

The Washington Post
The Washington Post is one of The Walsh Group’s largest corporate consulting clients. TWG provides a breadth of services for The Washington Post while creating, advising, and evaluating their drug testing policy. The policy was designed to apply to over one thousand employees and involved the training of more than 400 supervisors.

U.S. Department of Education
The Department of Education has been our primary client in the field of student drug testing. The Walsh Group has helped design, implement, and evaluate random drug testing in three public high schools in New Jersey. The legality of random testing was taken all the way to the Supreme Court of New Jersey, where the US Dept of Education, The Walsh Group, and its strategic partners received a favorable verdict that granted the program was constitutionally sound.
Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation
The Walsh Group has served as a subcontractor to PIRE, performing policy research in the field of illegal drugs and driving. TWG’s work has included evaluating the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE program) and zero per se DUID legislation.
Research Triangle Institute International (RTI)
TWG has teamed with RTI on a number of projects over the last twelve years funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMSHA). Projects with the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) have included a Workplace Managed Care program and the creation of the National Laboratory Certification program/Federal Drug Testing Regulations. We also created the ‘Best Practice for the use of Drug Testing in Treatment Programs’ guidelines for Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)
Hoffman-La Roche
Since its inception TWG has provided research and consulting service to this leader in the pharmaceutical industry and developer and manufacturer of diagnostic reagents and drug testing devices.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
In a public policy research grant TWG partnered with the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Substance Abuse to examine the feasibility of Per e Laws for drugged driving in the US. Together with ABA staff attorneys all 50 state laws were analyzed and a series of consensus meting were convened. The resulting reports have been widely distributed and are considered seminal references on state DUID laws.
National Football League
TWG President J. Michael Walsh has provided consulting services to the NFL since 1988. Dr. Walsh remains a member of the NFL’s drug advisory panel and has contributed his expertise regarding the league’s drug testing policy, the testing technology utilized, the training of test administrators and the sample collection, as well as provided crisis management when necessary.
US Small Business Administration
The US Small Business Administration has been a major client in the field of workplace Drug Testing. TWG has recently completed a 5-year project coordinating three teams of service providers across the state of Florida providing assistance to small businesses in setting up Drug Free Workplaces. For more on this project, visit
Imperial Oil (Exxon–Mobil of Canada)
Dr. Walsh has provided expert witness testimony in both Federal and Provincial courts on behalf of Imperial Oil in defense of their Drug Free Workplace Program.
strategic partners
United States
American Bar Association
Center for Survey Research – University of Virginia
Drug Free Schools Coalition, NJ
Drug Free Workplaces, Inc., FL
First Advantage Corporation
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, FL
Hunterdon-Central Regional H.S. District, NJ
Manatee Chamber of Commerce, FL
North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional H.S. District , NJ
Rocky Mountain Behavioral Science Institute, CO
Salt Lake City Police Department
Save Our Selves / Secular Organizations for Sobriety [SOS], CA
SMART Recovery, OH
The Miami Coalition
University of Maryland – R.A. Cowley Shock-Trauma Center
University of Utah – Center for Human Toxicology
University of Wisconsin – Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene
Washington State Patrol
Women for Sobriety Inc, PA

Ghent University , Belgium
National Institute of Criminalistics and Criminology, Brussels, Belgium
National Institute of Legal Medicine, Strasbourg, France
National Public Health Institute, Helsinki, Finland
Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway
University of Saarland, Homburg/Saar – Institute of Legal Medicine
University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain - Institute of Legal Medicine

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