Multicultural Mental Health
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.
Ongoing Research Projects