Evaluation for Impact: Testing Innovative Implementation Models for the Access-to-Care Crisis in Mental Health

Luana Marques, PhD
Luana Marques, PhD
MGH Research Scholar 2020-2025
Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

In the United States there is a significant mental health workforce shortage, with an additional 250,000 mental health providers needed to sufficiently meet the demand for mental health care.

The gap between the current mental health workforce supply and demand is maintained by multilevel factors including high rates of individual trauma exposure, overburdened service organizations, and a scarcity of community supports (e.g. policy, resources, infrastructure).

My research program relies on the principles of implementation science to bridge this gap by systematically evaluating, training, and coaching non-mental health professions to deliver evidence-based treatments.

I was recently awarded a highly competitive grant to build the capacity of youth development professionals at three organizations in Connecticut to deliver evidence-based mental health skills to high-needs youth. This research proposal is intended to maximize the project impact by conducting a comprehensive evaluation to refine and scale the training and coaching program.

This evaluation will support our long-term goal to foster healing communities through innovative implementation models that match multilevel challenges with cutting-edge research to increase uptake and sustainability of evidence-based treatments for high-needs populations.