Projects

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)
FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS

VUKA: Supporting HIV-Infected Youth in South Africa

Principal Investigator: Mary M. McKay, PhD

Improving Child Behavior Using Task-Shifting to Implement MFGs in Child Welfare

Principal Investigator: Geetha Gopalan, PhD

Mobile Health Solutions for Behavioral Skill Implementation through Homework

Principal Investigator: Anil Chacko, PhD

CHAMP + Asia: Supporting HIV-infected Youth in Thailand

Principal Investigator: Mary M. McKay, PhD

Family Groups for Urban Youth with Disruptive Behavior

Principal Investigator: Mary M. McKay, PhD

MCSILVER INSTITUTE
FUNDED PILOT STUDIES

On Shame as a Psychosocial Dimension of Poverty: A Complementary Study in the United States

Principal Investigators: Mary M. McKay, PhD & Robert Walker, PhD

Co-Principal Investigators: Lawrence Aber, PhD & Gary Parker, MSW

Family and Food Matters!

Principal Investigator: Kara Dean-Assael, LMSW

Measuring Inequality of Opportunity and Assessing its Origins in Public Policies across the Developed World

Principal Investigator: Patrick J. Egan, PhD

Double Advantage or Double Disadvantage: Bilingual, Family SES, and Race/Ethnicity in Shaping Social and Emotional Developmental Trajectories for Children of Immigrants

Principal Investigator: Wen‐Jui Han, MSW, PhD

An Examination of Peer Delivered Support for High‐Need, Impoverished Families

Principal Investigator: Mary Acri, PhD

Mechanisms in Neuro‐Development (MIND)

Principal Investigators: Clancy Blair, PhD & C. Cybele Raver, PhD

Promoting Resilience in Head Start Families with Children with Special Needs

Principal Investigators: Barbara Schwartz, PhD & Judy Grossman, PhD

Planning for Partnership: A Proposal to Develop a Strategic Plan for a School‐University Collaboration

Principal Investigators: Pedro Noguera, PhD

Adaptation of a Family Intervention for Demobilized Colombian Youth and their Foster Families

Principal Investigators: Laura Velez, MSW & Elene Garay, MSW

Centers

Center for Collaborative Inner-City Child Mental Health Services Research (CCCR)

The Center for Collaborative Inner-City Child Mental Health Services Research (CCCR), a Developing Center funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, collaborated with the New York State Office of Mental Health, as well as family and community advocacy boards, to organize multi-disciplinary researchers who conduct research on children’s mental health services. Directed by McSilver Faculty Fellow Dr. Mary McKay, the CCCR was specifically focused on the development and testing of novel clinical practices and service delivery models informed by existing empirical findings, as well as the outcomes associated with intensive collaboration between researchers, practitioners, youth and families. Additionally, the CCCR sought to mentor new investigators of color, particularly those engaged in direct clinical practice, who also wished to gain experience conducting urban services research. The CCCR completed its work in early 2015.

The Center for Implementation - Dissemination of Evidence-Based Practices among States (IDEAS)

The IDEAS Center addresses challenges associated with closing the gap between research and practice in state systems serving children and families. The overarching aim is to improve implementation of evidence-based practices through rigorous testing of strategies that target family and agency contexts. The Center’s research studies use experimental methods and mixed qualitative and quantitative approaches to examine organizational, contextual, and family support approaches to improve client and system outcomes.

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The Community Technical Assistance Center of New York (CTAC)

The Community Technical Assistance Center of New York (CTAC), funded by the New York State Office of Mental Health and directed by the McSilver Institute, advances the effective and efficient provision of clinic treatment to adults, children, and families who rely on public sector services to meet their mental health needs. CTAC provides a wide range of training, consultation, and educational resources free-of-charge to state-licensed mental health clinics to help them address the challenges associated with recent changes in clinic regulations, financing, and overall healthcare reforms, with the goal of improving patient outcomes.

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The Managed Care Technical Assistance Center (MCTAC)

The Managed Care Technical Assistance Center (MCTAC), funded by New York State’s Office of Mental Health and Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and directed by the McSilver Institute, was launched in summer 2014 to assist all substance use and mental health providers transition to Medicaid managed care. MCTAC offers providers free tools and trainings to help them maintain the health of their organizations and improve service delivery and outcomes for their clients.

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SMART (Strengthening Mental Health And Research Training) Africa Center

This National Institute of Mental Health-funded, global, trans-disciplinary center is focused on reducing child mental health service and research gaps in Sub-Saharan Africa. Directed by McSilver Faculty Fellow Dr. Mary McKay, The ACCCR has four specific aims: 1. To establish and engage a research consortium of academics working in a range of disciplines, as well as government, NGO, community and cultural stakeholders in Uganda, Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa to focus on addressing child mental health burden, Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) implementation, scale-up, and service gaps; 2. To build child mental health implementation research capacity, including developing monitoring systems and conducting small-scale implementation studies, in Ghana and Kenya; 3. To conduct an EBP scale-up research study in Uganda, which will examine the influence of government, NGOs, families, schools, and communities on the uptake, implementation, effectiveness and sustainability of EBPs that address serious child disruptive behavioral challenges; and 4. To disseminate timely and pragmatic findings to government officials and consortium partners to optimize roll-outs of EBPs and scale-up process via an African Policy Research Advisory Board, consisting of an expanded network of scientists, NGOs and government officials.