About Us

Welcome to the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research!

From left to right: 
Back Row - Benjamin Cook, Stephen Loder, Nicholas Carson, Andre Mauri, Néstor Noyola, Susana Benitez Sanchez, Lizbeth Herrera Duran, Kiara Alvarez, Sherry Hou
Middle Row - Gonzalo Monasterio, Manasa Jayanthi, Karissa Dimarzio, Ye Wang, Yi-Hui Yeh, Gema Ahijado, Isra Hussain
Front Row - Lauren Wagner, Zorangeli Ramos, Margarita Alegría, Sheri Lapatin Markle, Andrea Ault-Brutus, Rachel Zack Ishikawa

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.