Michael A. Lindsey, PhD, MSW, MPH

Executive Director
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Dr. Michael A. Lindsey is a noted scholar in the field of 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 McSilver Institute, the Martin Silver Professor of Poverty Studies at NYU Silver School of Social Work, and an Aspen Health Innovators Fellow. He also leads a university-wide Strategies to Reduce Inequality initiative from the McSilver Institute.

At McSilver Institute, 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.

Previously, Dr. Lindsey 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 leads the working group of experts supporting the Congressional Black Caucus Emergency Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health. Also, he is a standing member of Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) National Advisory Council at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. As well, he is on the editorial board of the journal Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.

Dr. Lindsey holds a PhD degree in social work, as well as an MPH degree from the University of Pittsburgh, an MSW degree from Howard University, and a BA degree in sociology from Morehouse College.