Dr. Mary Acri is Director of Evaluation at the McSilver Institute. As a services researcher, her areas of interest include: 1) developing and testing innovative models of outreach and facilitating linkages to behavioral health services, 2) enhancing the quality of services across the health and behavioral healthcare systems, and 3) program evaluation.
Dr. Acri has served as the Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator of several federally-funded and foundation grants. Most recently, she was the Principal Investigator of a quality improvement project funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to enhance the skills of peers working with caregivers at risk for depression who are involved in the child welfare system. This project builds off of her prior work as Principal Investigator, of a NIMH-funded R21 grant entitled Examining the Implementation of a Peer-Delivered Intervention for Depression, which aimed to facilitate the detection and treatment of mothers at risk for depression who were seeking services at Family Resource Centers across New York City. She is also Co-Investigator of Family Groups for Urban Youth with Disruptive Behaviors, a multi-year project that aims to test the impact of a multiple family group intervention for children with disruptive behaviors.
Dr. Acri also holds the titles of Adjunct Research Assistant Professor at New York University School of Medicine’s Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Faculty within The Center for Implementation and Dissemination Science in States for Children; and Adjunct Faculty Member at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University, where she has taught Research Methods I and II, and Clinical Practice I and II.
Dr. Acri earned her PhD in Clinical Social Work from New York University, and had a postdoctoral fellowship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She earned an MSW degree from New York University and a BA degree from The University of Rhode Island, Kingston.