Dr. Leopoldo J. Cabassa will become an Associate Director at the Social Intervention Group (SIG) as of November 1, 2016. He will join Drs. Nabila El-Bassel, Louisa Gilbert, and Elwin Wu in leading and managing SIG’s program of research. Dr. Cabassa, who is currently a SIG Faculty Affiliate, will be taking a leadership role in SIG’s growing and increasingly diverse research center. He brings expertise on implementation science and health disparity research to SIG’s domestic and global studies. Dr. Cabassa’s research blends quantitative and qualitative methods, implementation science, intervention research, and community engagement to examine health disparities among racial/ethnic minorities with serious mental illness (SMI) and the development and implementation of interventions to reduce these health inequities.
Professor Cabassa recently completed a career development award from NIMH focusing on implementing health care interventions for Hispanics with SMI and is currently leading an NIMH-funded R01 testing the effectiveness and examining the implementation of a peer-led healthy lifestyle intervention in supportive housing agencies serving diverse clients with SMI who are overweight or obese. His work has also been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the New York State Office of Mental Health. Click here for a list of Professor Cabassa’s projects.