The Center for Innovation in Mental Health (CIMH) is an academic training and research center that promotes the reach and adoption of effective mental health interventions through research, evaluation, training, and policy. CIMH engages in local and global efforts to advance mental health service and research to improve access and quality of mental health care.
in diverse, low-resource settings and economically disadvantaged communities locally, nationally, and globally, including Vietnam, Uganda, New York, and Los Angeles
through efforts such as training in evidence-based practices for community organizations and healthcare settings and developing toolkits and practice guidelines
such as dashboards, learning collaboratives, and training and supervision models
based on evidence-informed innovations, such as task-shifting in mental health care
CIMH engages in community-based participatory research to guide program design and implementation. We have an extensive background in developing community engagement, capacity building, implementing, disseminating, scaling up, and evaluating evidence-based practices for mental health across multiple sectors for vulnerable communities globally.
We implement and evaluate different models for integrating mental health care into a variety of settings, including primary care, HIV, maternal health, and schools, to offer more accessible gateways to mental health care.
CIMH focuses on research examining the links between common mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety and a range of economic outcomes. Our goal is to better understand the support needs of individuals at risk of mental health challenges to break the downward cycle of mental illness, poor physical health, and poverty. We develop and evaluate innovations based on evidence-based research across communities and best practices in the field.
We develop, implement, and evaluate mental health interventions aimed at improving a wide variety of outcomes, including economic, physical health, and other psychosocial measures for high-risk low-income populations locally and globally.
As part of the CEESP Program, we provide support for students to conduct mentored research on the intersection between cancer care and mental health in global and U.S. minority settings.
Victoria Ngo is an Associate Professor of Community Health and Social Sciences at the City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy (CUNY SPH), Director of the Center for Innovation in Mental Health at CUNY SPH, Director for Global Mental Health in the Center for Immigrant, Refugee, and Global Health, and an adjunct behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation.
Marina Weiss is a Postdoctoral Fellow at CIMH, where she leads training development and supports implementation of the Building Resilience in Youth, Harlem Strong and JobsPlus projects. Dr. Weiss is a clinical psychologist whose research focuses on describing and addressing mental health disparities in trauma-exposed populations, specifically through community-based, participatory research (CBPR) methods and the implementation of community-centered interventions such as mental health task-sharing.
Alessandra Cirillo is the Project Manager for Jobs Plus at CIMH. She received her Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology from Boston University Sargent College and her Masters of Public Health with a certificate in Global Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
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