About Us

Welcome to the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research!

From left to right: top row - Stephen Loder, Andrea Ault-Brutus, Xulián Mozo-Alegría, Ben Cook, Daniel Jimenez, Nicholas Carson, Alisa Lincoln, Bryan Cortez; bottom row - Xinliang Li, Ana Franco, Nilay Kafali, Margarita Alegría, Sheri Lapatin Markle, Helen Wang, Nathalie Chouery

The Center, led by Dr. Margarita Alegría, is based at the Cambridge Health Alliance, a large public hospital system, and collaborates with outside institutions such as the Harvard University Medical School and the Recinto de Ciencias Médicas at the University of Puerto Rico.

Our mission is to generate innovative mental health services research that impacts policy, practice, and service delivery for multicultural populations. We are comprised of an interdisciplinary group of psychologists, social policy analysts, health economists, psychiatrists, data analysts, sociologists, and other professionals that assist in the research and analysis of Center projects.

There are currently several NIH-funded projects operating at the Center: an R01 on the Effects of Social Context, Culture and Minority Status on Depression and Anxiety; a NIDA-funded International trial testing a behavioral health intervention for migrant Latinos with co-occurring substance use and mental health problems; a PCORI-funded clinical trial addressing the importance of patient-provider communication, shared decision making, and therapeutic alliance; and an AHRQ-funded grant on Comparative Effectiveness Research Diffusion and Mental Health Care Disparities.