SEPTEMBER 11th Webinar


SEPTEMBER 11, 2018


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Improving the efficacy of treatment among socioeconomically diverse populations with mental illness requires tackling the myriad of social determinants of health, including education, income, and employment, to name a few. Modern research techniques, like simulation testing, can lead to efficient and effective intervention design among people with mental illness by giving us an indication of what might work. Recent simulation testing shows that increasing employment among people with mental illness, both with common and severe problems, could have significant subsequent improvements in mental health. These results further support current trends in federal, state, and local programs to increase employment among those with mental health problems. In this webinar we: 1. Present some of the evidence for addressing social determinants; 2. Use simulations to test the potential of improving income, education, and employment to improve mental health outcomes using two data sets; 3. Illustrate the reactions from policymakers, community groups, consumers and advocates on the research results; and 4. Demonstrate how research results can inform policy.


Headshot of Dr. Andrea Horvath Marques

Andrea Horvath Marques, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Chief, Mental Health Disparities Research
Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health, NIMH

Dr. Horvath Marques is a trained, psychiatrist and neuroscience and public mental health researcher. As the Chief of Mental Health Disparities Research, she manages a grant portfolio focused on suicide prevention in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Dr. Horvath Marques coordinates NIMH efforts related to mental health disparities research and co-leads NIMH's Mental Health Equity Work Group. She supports the ORDGMH Global Mental Health Program by serving as a Project Scientist for the Research Partnerships for Scaling Up Mental Health Interventions in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Dr. Horvath Marques earned an M.D. with specialization in Psychiatry and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychiatry from the University of São Paulo's School of Medicine. She also earned an M.P.H. degree from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.



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Margarita Alegria, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Medicine and Department of Psychiatry 
Harvard Medical School


Dr. Margarita Alegría is the Chief of the Disparities Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is currently the PI for three NIH-funded research studies: 1) The International Latino Research Partnership; 2) Building Community Capacity for Disability Prevention for Minority Elders, and 3) Mechanisms Underlying Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Mental Disorders. She is also the co-PI of a William T. Grant Foundation project, entitled Understanding the Experience of Majority and Minority Status through Photovoice. Dr. Alegría has published over 200 papers, editorials, intervention training manuals, and several book chapters on topics such as improvement of health care services delivery for diverse racial and ethnic populations; conceptual and methodological issues with multicultural populations; and ways to bring the community’s perspective into the design and implementation of health services.

As an acknowledgement of her contributions to her field, Dr. Alegría has been widely recognized through several notable awards, including: the Mental Health Section Award from the American Public Health Association, 2003; the Health Disparities Innovation Award from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, 2008; the Carl Taube Award from the American Public Health Association, 2008; the Simon Bolivar Award from the American Psychiatric Association, 2009; and the Award of Excellence from the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse, 2011. In October 2011, she was elected as a member of the Institute of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Alegría was selected as El Planeta’s (Massachusetts’s largest circulating Spanish-language newspaper) 2013’s Powermeter 100 most influential people for the Hispanic community in Massachusetts.

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Robert Drake, M.D, Ph.D.
Professor, Health Policy and Clinical Practice
The Dartmouth Institute, Dartmouth Medical School
Vice President, Westat


Dr. Robert Drake is the Andrew Thomson Professor of Health Policy and Clinical Practice at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Vice President of the Westat Corporation. His work on psychiatric rehabilitation over four decades, including integrated treatments for people with dual disorders; evidence-based mental health practices; and implementing vocational services has helped shift mental health services toward greater resonance with client goals. In collaboration with colleague Ms. Deborah Becker, he developed the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of supported employment, an evidence-based practice now used across the U.S. and around the world. He has conducted numerous research projects, published over 600 journal articles and books, and trained many successful researchers.

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Justin Metcalfe, M.S.
Ph.D. Candidate

After working as a counselor in a group home for people with serious mental illness, Justin Metcalfe earned his M.S. in Epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is currently completing his doctorate at the Dartmouth Institute.

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Amanda NeMoyer, J.D., Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow


Amanda NeMoyer, J.D., Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Disparities Research Unit (DRU) at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, with support from the NIMH. Her research interests focus on evaluating and improving existing juvenile and criminal justice policies and practices, with an emphasis on identifying and addressing racial/ethnic disparities in mental health and juvenile justice. At the DRU, Dr. NeMoyer serves as the Project Director of a mixed methods participatory research project focused on eliciting youth perspectives to inform community-based behavioral health interventions. She also collaborates on other projects investigating underlying mechanisms of existing racial/ethnic disparities in mental health disorders and treatment. Dr. NeMoyer is a graduate of Northwestern University, obtained her J.D. at the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University, and earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University. She completed her psychology internship at Emory University School of Medicine/Grady Health System in Atlanta, Georgia.