Research Project Management

March 13, 2017, CUNY SPH Room 708, 3:00-6:00

Just started a research project? Struggling to make a research project work? This seminar provides tips and strategies to successfully create interdisciplinary research teams, plan your project from start to finish, stick to your timeline, and get (multiple!) manuscripts submitted. The presentation includes examples from a study of mental health services research, and is applicable to qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods studies in public health. Presented by Jennifer Wisdom, PhD MPH, Professor of of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Center for Innovation in Mental Health at CUNY GSPHHP.


Advancing Research Methodologies in Global Mental Health

April 24, 2017, CUNY SPH Room 708, 4:30-6:00

The imbalance between the burden of mental disorders and the investments made to addressing it is indicated by the "10/90" gap: where 10% of global spending on research is directed towards the problems that affect the poorest 90% of the world's population (Saxena et al., 2006).  This research gap disproportionately affects low- and middle-income countries than high income countries because prevention and treatment for mental disorders rely on cultural norms.  The dearth of research is problematic for the design of policies and organization of practice globally.  Addressing this gap, this talk starts with an overview of research methodologies in vogue within the global mental health epistemic community.  I draw on my own publications, as well as those of my colleagues.  I conclude by discussing promising avenues of research.  Presented by Gordon Shen, PhD, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at CUNY GSPHHP.


Planning, Preparing, and Submitting a Successful Grant Proposal

May 15, 2017, CUNY SPHRoom 708, 3:00-6:00

Did you miss the fall 2016 seminar on writing grant proposals? Join the Center for Innovation in Mental Health and learn how to plan for external funding, prepare your grant proposal, and submit it.  Understand the skills and support you need to find appropriate funding mechanisms, interpret funding announcements and complete proposal requirements, successfully package the proposal, and work with your SPH proposal team.  Presented by Jennifer Wisdom, PhD MPH, Professor of of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Center for Innovation in Mental Health at CUNY GSPHHP.


Panel Discussion: Interdisciplinary Qualitative Methods to
Implement Health Policy in New York City

May 24-25, 2017

Center for Innovation in Mental Health Director Jennifer Wisdom will present "Interdisciplinary Qualitative Methods to Implement Health Policy in New York City" on a panel on Interdisciplinary collaboration in qualitative methodology for health policy implementation at the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology in New York, NY.  The panel also includes CIMH faculty Diana Romero.


Do we know if interventions to improve health and wellbeing impact on everyone the same?  Applying an "equity lens" to systematic review evidence.

Whilst there is robust data describing socioeconomic inequalities in health and mental health, there is comparatively less research on what works to tackle health inequalities.  In comparison to our understanding of inequalities in physical health, the social determinants of mental health are relatively under-researched.  One implication is that we need to improve intervention research to better understand what works in tackling health and mental health inequalities.  Drawing on a systematic review of interventions to improve adolescent health and wellbeing, this presentation will outline the preliminary findings of an equity analysis and offer some key reflections for research and policy.  Presented by Dr. Anna Macintyre, Research Associate at the Centre for Health Policy, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.  Anna holds an MA (Hons) in Psychology, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, (DClin Psychol) and a Masters in Public Health (MPH).  Anna previously worked as a Clinical Psychologist in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services before decided to pursue a career in Public Health.  Her research interests focus on the social and economic determinants of health, and health inequalities, in relation to mental health and obesity.


Behavioral Health Program Management Performance Evaluation:
Reconciling Differences between State and Client Level Outcome Data

September 11, 2017, CUNY SPH Room 717, 4-5:30 PM

You can view the presentation HERE!

State governments and other funders have increased the performance expectations and contractual reporting obligations of mental health service providers.  Mental health service programs are required to submit data using prescribed formulas to demonstrate program achievement across specified outcomes.  The organizational resources required to produce the required data are considerable.  Many of these measures are associated with population health outcomes and include encounter information such as: type, intensity, frequency, and location of services, and the overall cost per covered life.  In addition, requested data can include client experiences that transcend program services such as hospitalization rates, community tenure, criminal justice involvement, employment, and educational status.  Agencies that do not meet or that want to exceed established targets must develop additional internal process and outcome measures to evaluate program performance.


  1. Identify the relationships between contract measures and client outcome variables.
  2. Differentiate between contract outcomes and individual client outcomes in program evaluation.
  3. Identify operational strategies to build data efficiencies between contract requirements, program evaluation, and client outcomes.

Presented by Dr. Marie Kearns, the Regional Director of Philadelphia Behavioral Health Services at Horizon House, Inc.  Horizon House is a large Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability services operating primarily in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware State. Dr. Kearns earned her PhD in Social Policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University, an MSW from Boston University School of Social Work, and a BSW from Salem State University.  She has over 40 years of clinical experience in the Behavioral Health field in management and as a direct care provider. 



Qualitative and Mixed Methods in Implementation Research: Finding the Right Balance

November 13, 2017, Room 822, 4-5:30 PM


The growing popularity of implementation research has highlighted the importance of qualitative and mixed-methods in understanding the adoption of evidence-based interventions in diverse settings.  Dr. Padgett will offer strategies and recommendations to support the use and integration of quantitative and qualitative methods to advance implementation science.

Dr. Deborah K. Padgett has a doctorate in anthropology and is a professor at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University.  Dr. Padgett has written extensively on mental health services for underserved populations and is known for her expertise in qualitative/mixed methods and the 'housing first' approach to ending homelessness.