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.
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
Funder: University of Massachusetts Center for Clinical & Translational Science
Funding: $429,659
PI: Melissa Anderson, Ph.D.



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