Krystel Francis’ work as a Research Assistant at McSilver Institute includes being a coordinator of the Making Connections Intervention pilot study, which is looking at the effectiveness of a novel treatment intervention for keeping Black adolescents engaged in depression treatment.
Francis has previously contributed to work that raises awareness of health in vulnerable populations using community-based interventions. Her research background consists of projects focused on investigating the effects of gentrification on the health of residents in NYC neighborhoods and identifying culturally-sensitive components using the multi-phase optimization strategy (MOST) to improve engagement in HIV care for people of color.
Francis is interested in furthering the normalization of seeking mental health treatment and is currently pursuing an MA degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness at NYU Steinhardt. She earned a BA degree in Psychology from Florida International University.