Margarita Alegria | Nicholas Carson  | Benjamin CookAndrea Ault-Brutus 

Margarita Alegria, Ph.D. Margarita Alegria, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research and a professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Alegria researches mental health services for Latinos and other ethnic populations. She is currently the Principal Investigator of the Advanced Center for Mental Health Disparities, and the Latino arm of the National Latino and Asian American Study, as well as the Co-Principal Investigator of the CHA-UPR Excellence in Partnerships for Community Outreach, Research on Health Disparities and Training (EXPORT) Center. Her published works focus on mental health services research, conceptual and methodological issues with minority populations, risk behaviors, and disparities in service delivery. Dr. Alegria received her Ph.D. from Temple University.
Email: Phone: 617-503-8447

Recent Publications

Alegría, M., Ludman, E., Kafali, E. N., Lapatin, S., Vila, D., Shrout, P. E., ... & Canino, G. (2014). Effectiveness of the Engagement and Counseling for Latinos (ECLA) Intervention in Low-income Latinos. Medical care, 52(11), 989-997.

Alegria, M., Carson, N., Flores, M., Li, X., Shi, P., Lessios, A. S., Polo, A., Allen, M., Fierro, M., Interian, A., Jimenez, A., La Roche, M., Lee, C., Lewis-Fernandez, R., Livas-Stein, G., Safar, L., Schuman, C., Storey, J., Shrout, P. E. (2014). Activation, self-management, engagement, and retention in behavioral healthcare: A randomized clinical trial of the DECIDE intervention. JAMA Psychiatry, 71(5), 557-565. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2013.4519

Alegria, M., Molina, K. M., & Chen-C.-n. (2014). Neighborhood characteristics and differential risk for depressive and anxiety disorders across racial/ethnic groups in the United States. Depression and Anxiety, 31(1), 27-37.

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Nicholas Carson, MDNicholas Carson MD, FRCPC is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a Clinical Research Associate at the CMMHR. He is also Associate Program Director for the child psychiatry fellowship program at the Cambridge Health Alliance, where he teaches clinical scholarship and psychopharmacology to child psychiatry fellows. Dr. Carson studies the quality of mental health services for multicultural communities, particularly among youth. He participates in intervention research to reduce mental health disparities through improvements in self-management and patient-provider communication. He is also interested in the impact of mass media and technology on youth development. Dr. Carson received his M.D. from McGill University and did his psychiatric training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School.
Email: Phone: 617-575-5269

Recent Publications

Carson, NJ, Vesper A, Chen, C-N, Cook BL. Quality of Follow-Up After Hospitalization for Mental Illness Among Patients From Racial-Ethnic Minority Groups. Psychiatric Services 2014; doi: 10.1176/ [published online 4/1/2014]

Alegria M, Carson N, Flores M, et al. Activation, Self-management, Engagement, and Retention in Behavioral Health Care: A Randomized Clinical Trial of the DECIDE Intervention. JAMA Psychiatry. Published online March 19, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2013.4519

Carson, N.J., Cook. B.L., Chen, C.-N., Alegría, M. (2012). Racial/ethnic differences in video game and internet use among U.S. adolescents with mental health and educational difficulties. Journal of Children and Media. doi: 10.1080/17482798.2012.724592 [published online 10/6/12] [Project: EXPORT]

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Benjamin Cook, Ph.D., M.P.H. is a Senior Scientist at the CMMHR and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. His research interests are in improving methods for measuring disparities, and applying these methods to understanding the mechanisms underlying mental health and substance abuse treatment disparities, the association between acculturation and mental health, and geographic differences in mental health service use disparities. He received a Ph.D. in Health Policy at Harvard University concentrating in Evaluative Science and Statistics, an MPH from UNC-Chapel Hill in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, and a BA in psychology from Swarthmore College.
Email: Phone: 617-503-8449

Recent Publications

Cook, B.L., Wayne, G. F., Kafali, E. N., Liu, Z., Shu, C., & Flores, M. (2014). Trends in smoking among adults with mental illness and association between mental health treatment and smoking cessation. JAMA, 311(2): 172-182.

Kafali N., Cook B., Alegria M. (2014) “Cost Effectiveness of a Randomized Trial to Treat Depression among Latinos.” Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, 17(2): 41-50.

Cook, B.L., McGuire, T.G., Zaslavsky, A. (2012). Measuring racial/ethnic disparities in health care: Methods and practical issues. Health Services Research, 47(3 Pt 2): 1232-1254. [Project: Cook - R01]

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Andrea Ault-Brutus, Ph.D. is is an Associate Research Scientist at CMMHR. Her research focuses on improving the quality of mental health care delivered to racial/ethnic minority patients and examining the implementation of quality improvement interventions geared toward racial/ethnic minority patients. She is currently the Project Director of a PCORI funded study which examines the effectiveness of a patient/provider intervention that is designed to improve shared-decision making, patient activation, self-management, and therapeutic alliance. Dr. Ault-Brutus was a NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School. She received a Ph.D. in Health Policy at Harvard University, concentrating in Medical Sociology, and an MPA in Health Policy and Management from New York University Wagner School.
Email: Phone: 617-503-8474

Recent Publications

Ault-Brutus, A., Lee, C., Singer, S., Allen, M., Alegria, M. Examining Implementation of a Patient Activation and Self-management Intervention Within the Context of an Effectiveness Trial. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research [published online, Nov 5, 2013].

Ault-Brutus, A. (2012). Changes in racial-ethnic disparities in use and adequacy of mental health care in the United States, 1990-2003. Psychiatric Services, 63(6): 531-540.