The Disparities Research Unit (DRU), led by Margarita Alegría, PhD is based in the Department of Medicine’s Mongan Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital, and collaborates with outside institutions both domestically and internationally.

Our mission is to generate innovative mental health services research that impacts policy, practice, and service delivery for multicultural populations. We are comprised of an interdisciplinary group of psychologists, social policy analysts, health economists, psychiatrists, data analysts, sociologists, and other professionals that assist in the research and analysis of DRU projects. The Disparities Research Unit brings a strong focus on community-based and applied interventions to improve service delivery for multicultural populations.

Current National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded projects operating at the DRU include:

  • An NIDA-funded project evaluating the effects of New York state Medicaid programs on access, patterns of care, and outcomes of substance use disorder treatment
  • An NIA/NIMH-funded clinical trial focused on building community capacity for disability prevention in minority elders
  • An NIMHD-funded study looking at Mechanisms underlying racial/ethnic disparities in mental health disorders.