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Research Activities and Funding

Trees in the Wind

Policy Implementation Research on Earmarked Taxes for Mental Health Services National Institute of Mental Health

The goal of this study is to generate knowledge about how to enhance the ability of earmarked taxes for mental health to increase the reach of evidence-based practices that improve population mental health.

Share, Trust, Organize, Partner: The COVID-19 California Alliance (STOP COVID-19 CA)

This is a California community engagement collaborative aimed at co-creating and evaluating community-driven strategies to increase participation of underserved communities in COVID-19 therapeutic trials.

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Refining and Implementing Technology-Enhanced Family Navigation to Promote Early Access and Engagement with Mental Health Services for Youth with Autism

This proposal aims to test the effectiveness and implementation of technology-enhanced family navigation to promote early access to, and engagement in evidence-based mental health care for children (ages 5-13 years) with autism spectrum disorder plus mental health comorbidity.

Leveraging Implementation Science to Reduce Inequities in Children’s Mental Health Care

Access to evidence-based mental health care for children is an international priority. However, there are significant challenges to advancing this public health priority in an efficient and equitable manner. The purpose of this international colloquium was to convene a multidisciplinary group of health researchers to build an agenda for addressing disparities in mental health care access and treatment for children and families through collaboration among scholars from the United States and Europe engaged in innovative implementation science and mental health services research.


California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) funded formative evaluation for the Innovation Technology Suite Project (INN Tech Suite Project). This is a three-year demonstration project that was developed to improve mental health care access and delivery throughout California using mental health technologies.

Adapting and Implementing an Integrated Care Model for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Psychiatric Comorbidity

The purpose of this revised K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award is to assist the applicant in acquiring the skills needed for an independent research career in implementation and sustainment of pediatric integrated mental health care for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The Effectiveness of an Evidence-Based Parent Training Intervention in a Community Service Setting

As the prevalence of ASD increases, so has the number of families of children with ASD utilizing community-based services. While several treatment methods, many of which include parent training, have demonstrated efficacy in controlled research settings, little is known about the implementation and impact of these methods in community service settings. To address this need, this mixed-methods study will examine the effectiveness of an evidence-based parent training intervention, Project ImPACT, delivered in a community-based setting.

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