Michael A. Lindsey, PhD, MSW, MPH | Executive Director, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research and Constance and Martin Silver Professor of Poverty Studies, NYU Silver School of Social Work
Dr. Michael A. Lindsey is a noted scholar in the field child and adolescent mental health, as well as a leader in the search for knowledge and solutions to generational poverty and inequality. He is the Executive Director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University (NYU), the Martin Silver Professor of Poverty Studies at NYU Silver School of Social Work, and an Aspen Health Innovators Fellow.
At McSilver, Dr. Lindsey leads a team of researchers, clinicians and other professionals who are committed to creating new knowledge about the root causes of poverty, developing evidence-based interventions to address its consequences, and rapidly translating their findings into action through policy and best practices.
Dr. Lindsey’s current research, which is funded by the Robin Hood Foundation, involves the delivery of an innovative intervention aimed at decreasing PTSD and depression symptoms, and improving positive parenting skills in child-welfare involved mothers with trauma-related disorders. As a child and adolescent mental health services researcher, he has received research support from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop and test the Making Connections Intervention, a treatment engagement intervention that promotes access to and use of mental health services among depressed and traumatized teens in schools.
In 2017 Dr. Lindsey was appointed to spearhead NYU’s Strategies to Reduce Inequality initiative, leading a team of faculty from schools and disciplines across the university who aim to extend their impact on inequality through focus and collaboration.
Prior to joining NYU Silver in 2014, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and a Faculty Affiliate at the University of Maryland Department of Psychiatry’s Center for School Mental Health.
Dr. Lindsey is a standing member of Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) National Advisory Council at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. He also is on the editorial board of the journal Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.
He holds a PhD in social work and MPH from the University of Pittsburgh, an MSW from Howard University, and a BA in sociology from Morehouse College.