Mary Acri is a mid-level researcher with a background in clinical social work. She oversees a health and mental health services research portfolio that focuses on detecting unaddressed mental health problems amongst poverty-impacted children and their caregivers; engaging children and caregivers into mental health services; changing provider behaviors to improve health outcomes, and enhancing the quality of services.
At present, Acri is a co-investigator on three NIMH-funded R01 grants. The first aims to test the effectiveness of a multiple family group intervention for children with disruptive behavior problems and their families. The second grant aims to reduce health disparities among youth living in poverty-impacted communities who are disproportionately burdened by behavioral health challenges. The third uses a task-sharing approach to test for effectiveness and implementation a novel stepped-care model for women with depression delivered by primary care nurses and mental health peers.
Prior to coming to the Brown School, Acri worked at Yale University in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry delivering evidence-based interventions to families of children with disruptive behavior problems and pregnant and postpartum women experiencing depression respectively. She currently has 72 peer-reviewed publications and three chapters.
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