National Academies of Practice Names Dr. Michael A. Lindsey Distinguished Fellow

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Michael A. Lindsey, PhD, MSW, MPH, the Executive Director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University, has been elected to the National Academies of Practice (NAP) in Social Work as a Distinguished Fellow.

NAP is an interdisciplinary non-profit organization dedicated to affordable, accessible, coordinated quality healthcare for all. Members, who are elected by their peers, include healthcare practitioners and scholars who have demonstrated excellence in their profession and a commitment to furthering practice, scholarship, and policy in support of interprofessional care.

“An interdisciplinary, collaborative approach is vital to improving the quality of healthcare in this nation, particularly for those who are living in poverty or otherwise marginalized,” said Dr. Lindsey. “I am honored to be elected to the National Academies of Practice, given their commitment to this approach and their august membership.”

Dr. 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. In addition to his role at the NYU McSilver Institute, he is the Constance and Martin Silver Professor of Poverty Studies at the NYU Silver School of Social Work; an Aspen Health Innovators Fellow; a standing member of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) National Advisory Council at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; and a member of the editorial board of the journal Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. As well, through him the McSilver Institute leads NYU’s university-wide Strategies to Reduce Inequality initiative.

He has received research support from the National Institute of Mental Health to examine the social network influences on perceptual and actual barriers to mental health care among Black adolescent males with depression, and to develop and test a treatment engagement intervention that promotes access to and use of mental health services among depressed adolescents in school- and community-based treatment. Most recently, Dr. Lindsey led a working group of experts supporting the Congressional Black Caucus Emergency Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health, which released the report “Ring the Alarm: the Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America,” outlining the state of Black youth mental health and recommending solutions to counter rising rates of suicidal behavior.

Read Dr. Lindsey’s full bio.

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Michael A. Lindsey, PhD, MSW, MPH
Executive Director