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Douglas Ziedonis, MD, MPH

Chair, Department of Psychiatry


Increased Consumer Involvement and Voice in researchExpanded Research on Multicultural Issues in Mental Health ServicesImproved Mechanisms for Disseminating Research Findings to DMH staff, consumers, and vendors

The Center for Mental Health Services Research (CMHSR) has made great strides toward the initiatives identified in the DMH Strategic Plan:


Consumer involvement

  • Consumer Advisory Councilhelps define research priorities at the center. Includes consumers, advocates and family members from outside of CMHSR.
  • Consumer Recovery Workgroup:
    • reviews all grant proposals and new research projects
    • train police and other first responders about mental illness, develop databases for research projects, and develop informational brochures targeting issues identified by the CAC.
multicultural core

From left to right: Sun Kim, Lisa R. Fortuna, Rosalie A. Torres-Stone (director)

The Multicultural Core is structured around three specific aims:

  • Promote clinical services, multicultural research and evaluation initiatives for promoting multicultural mental health.
  • Improve services for minority and immigrant populations by providing cultural competency expertise to community health organizations to increase cultural awareness and inform policymaking.
  • Consult and Collaborate with other academic researchers and health service providers in the community in improving the quality of research on multicultural issues
communities of care6
Communities of Care
  • Central Massachusetts Communities of Care (CMCC) (2005-present)
  • A second cooperative agreement with SAMHSA through a contract with DMH with the goal of diverting youth with SED from juvenile justice involvement
  • Two community-based Youth and Family Centers staffed by a provider/caregiver and youth collaborative support model provide care facilitation, youth and caregiver support, youth development, caregiver education and skill building activities
  • Provides information and referrals for families and community agencies
  • The activities of the Centers are a collaborative effort with the community, CMCC staff and the Parent Professional Advocacy League (PAL) of Central Massachusetts
  • Worcester Communities of Care (WCC) (1999-2006)
  • Coordinated Family Focused Care (CFFC) (2004-present)
  • SAMHSA System of Care grant through a contract with DMH
  • Wraparound services to youth with serious emotional disturbance at risk of out-of-home placement in Worcester
  • WCC is now part of the CFFC program– a state wraparound pilot funded through a contract with the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP)
  • Training and Learning Collaborative (TLC)
  • (2003-present)
  • Provides training, coaching and consultation around a variety of collaborative interventions for youth and families
  • Clients have included: State child-serving agencies, public school systems, clinical providers, paraprofessional staff, and parents
  • Most training is conducted by a provider and parent/caregiver co-training team so as to model the parent-provider partnership as part of the training experience, as well as demonstrating first hand the different ways parents and providers think about the same issues
Model for how to create collaborations and knowledge dissemination

National program with University Partner & Community Treatment and other Services Providers

Faculty, Staff, Trainees and Consumers

the mharn triangle
The MHARN “Triangle”

Research Collaboration

active partners in collaborative research and grant-writing


Knowledge translation, implementing evidence based practices, organizational change, technical assistance


large disseminated network of “information providers/consumers”


With DMH infrastructure support CMHSR:– Collaborates with community service providers to promote science to service dissemination – Collaborates with agencies, clinical staff, agency workers, consumers/families, researchers, and other stakeholders.



UMass Career Development and Educational Programs

  • Career Development and Research Office
    • Mentoring program
    • Learning communities (K Awards, Grants, Papers)
    • Academic Interest Groups
    • Research Infrastructure Support
      • Academic on-boarding
      • IRB support
      • Study / data management support
      • Project Director training
      • Recruitment & Follow-up of subjects
  • Larger UMass Research Office & Faculty Administration Support
  • Recent NIH K Awards (career awards)

Academic Interest Groups

  • Addiction
  • Aggression & Violence
  • Autism/Autism Spectrum
  • Diabetes & Obesity
  • Geriatrics
  • Homeless
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Multicultural Psychiatry
  • Psychosocial Rehab
  • Spirituality
  • Tobacco
  • Transition age youth
  • Trauma
  • Wellness

Co-occurring Disorders & Wellness

  • Legacy Grant – ATTOC in Club Houses
  • Schizophrenia and Smoking Cessation
    • CHL – two new grants
  • Shriver Center – wellness for adolescents
  • VA ATTOC grant – Worcester / Fitchburg CBOCs

Co-Occurring Disorders &

Psychosocial Therapy Development

  • NIDA – PTSD & Addiction in Latino Adolescents – CHL
  • Korean American network – Smoking Cessation intervention
  • Dual Recovery Therapy
  • Spirituality Studies