Multicultural Mental Health

Program Description

Eliminating racial/ethnic and cultural-linguistic disparities in the delivery, quality and utilization of health care services has emerged as a national and Massachusetts Department of Mental Health priority.

Our multicultural research and dissemination activities focus on developing knowledge and culturally-informed interventions aimed at promoting behavioral health and wellness among members of racial/ethnic minority, immigrant populations and the Deaf Community. Current areas of research include:the development and evaluation of culturally- and linguistically-tailored interventions for posttraumatic stress disorder and co-occurring disorders, tobacco dependence treatment, and addiction treatment; innovations in addiction treatment; and,  improving access to behavioral health services and vocational rehabilitation programs.

We are interested in: 

  • Promoting clinical services, research, and evaluation initiatives for improving health and wellness among sociolinguistic minority groups.
  • Providing expertise to community health organizations on culturally-competent implementation of evidence based treatments for racial/ethnic minority clients, immigrant clients, and Deaf American Sign Language users.
  • Conducting rigorous research to develop, adapt, and evaluate culturally- and linguistically-accessible behavioral health interventions.
  • Translating knowledge gained from our research into recommendations for public policy and clinical practice.
 
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Stone ImageRosalie Torres Stone, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Melissa AndersonMelissa L. Anderson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
 

Ongoing Research Projects

Title: Clinical Research Scholar (K12) Award: Treatment of Trauma & Addiction in the Deaf Community
Dates:
3/1/2014-2/28/2019
Funder: University of Massachusetts Center for Clinical & Translational Science
Funding: $429,659
PI: Melissa Anderson, Ph.D.

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