Her research as a clinical psychologist focuses on task-shifting mental health care and the development of implementation strategies to increase access to and the quality of mental health services in global low-resource settings.
Since 2001 she has been developing mental health research infrastructure and clinical capacity in Vietnam where she leads depression care capacity-building programs. She developed LIFE-DM, an integrated depression care and microfinance program to break the cycle of depression and poverty for economically disadvantaged women, which was effective in reducing depression and improving economic outcomes. In Uganda, she developed depression services for HIV patients and is now leading an effort to integrate depression care into perinatal services for HIV positive pregnant women.
PhD in Clinical Psychology (Quantitative Methods Emphasis) from Vanderbilt University
MS in Clinical Psychology from Vanderbilt University
BA in Psychology from University of California, Davis
Community mental health, global mental health, health disparities, implementation science, task-shifting, quality improvement