MULTILEVEL INTERVENTIONS: STATE OF THE SCIENCE IN GLOBAL MENTAL HEALTH
SEPTEMBER 10, 2018
ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
This is the second installment in a series of webinars on implementation science research in global mental health. The first part of this webinar will cover the general subject of implementation science theories, strategies, and methods of multi-level interventions studies. The second part will provide the details of a specific research project to illustrate the application of implementation science in multilevel studies in global mental health.
Ishmael Amarreh, Ph.D., M.P.A.
Chief, Research Scientist Development
Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health, NIMH
Dr. Ishmael Amarreh is responsible for the initiation, planning, execution, assessment, coordination and promotion of international research and scientist development activities within the ORDGMH in conjunction with other NIH Institutes and Centers and governmental and international organizations, as needed. Additionally, Dr. Amarreh is the Project Officer for the international research portfolio at NIMH and works with NIMH extramural and intramural program staff to develop global projects and provide technical consultation to the global mental health community.
Prior to joining NIMH, Dr. Amarreh was a Health Scientist and served as a senior science advisor to the Associate Director for Scientific Affairs and Director of the Division of Extramural Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse where his accomplishments included: receiving the 2015 NIH Director's Award for outstanding accomplishment; successfully launching a $300 million study on adolescent brain cognitive development; and authoring the strategic plan for Collaborative Research on Addiction at NIH. Dr. Amarreh has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, a Master’s degree in International Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Brian J. Weiner, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Global Health
and Department of Health Services
University of Washington
Bryan Weiner, Ph.D., is Professor in the Departments of Global Health and Health Services at the University of Washington. He directs the Implementation Science Program in the Department of Global Health and serves as the Strategic Hire in Implementation Science for the School of Public Health. An organizational psychologist by training, his research focuses on the adoption, implementation, and sustainment of innovations and evidence-based practices in health care organizations. Over the past 20 years, he has examined a wide range of innovations including quality improvement practices, care management practices, patient safety practices, clinical information systems, and as well evidence-based clinical practices in cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. His research has advanced implementation science by creating new knowledge about the organizational determinants of effective implementation, introducing and developing new theories, and improving the state of measurement in the field.
Shannon Dorsey, Ph.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor, Global Health
Associate Professor, Psychology
The University of Washington
Dr. Dorsey’s research is on evidence-based treatments (EBT) for children and adolescents, with a particular focus on dissemination and implementation of EBT domestically and internationally. Her work has often focused on Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), with hybrid research designs that include both effectiveness and implementation questions. Research has focused on adaptation for unique populations (e.g., foster care) and on training and supervision strategies to deliver TF-CBT and other EBT. Dr. Dorsey is a Principal Investigator on two NIH-funded randomized controlled trials (RCT) involving TF-CBT, both of which include implementation and clinical outcome research questions. The first, in Washington State, studies the role of supervisors in public mental health settings in supporting EBP with clinicians under their supervision. It includes both a descriptive study of common supervision practices and an RCT of supervision strategies. The second, in Tanzania and Kenya, is an RCT of TF-CBT using a task-shifting/task-sharing model in which lay counselors, with little to no prior mental health training, deliver group-based TF-CBT to children and adolescents who have experienced the death of one or both parents, under close supervision by TF-CBT experts. Dr. Dorsey is also involved in common elements/modular EBT training initiatives and research both in Washington State and internationally, in low and middle-income countries. With colleagues at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, she also is involved in RCT and feasibility studies in Southern and Northern Iraq, the Thailand-Burma border, Colombia, Zambia, and Ethiopia.