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Program Manager, Psych/Public Mental Health & Population Sciences
Bio Mehret Assefa, PhD, MPH is the Program Manager for the Center for Behavioral Health Services and Implementation Research (CBHSIR) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. The CBHSIR is based in the Division of Public Mental Health and Population Sciences. Ongoing research projects at CBHSIR include: integrated behavioral health services for persons with co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders; behavioral health integration in primary care; medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorders; and other implementation research projects.
Dr. Assefa is an epidemiologist by training and has both international and domestic public health research experience in health services research with a focus on health disparities. Prior to Stanford, Dr. Assefa was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health where she was the lead investigator for a National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) funded supplement grant to evaluate barriers and facilitators to seeking/accessing formal and informal health services, and health beliefs and traditional practices among resettled Somali Bantu and Bhutanese refugees.
Currently, Dr. Assefa’s research is focused on implementation science, integrated behavioral health services for persons with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, and advancing the use of organizational measures. These measures include: measures of integrated service capacity, such as the Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Treatment (DDCAT) and the Behavioral Health Integration in Medical Care (BHIMC); and the measure of contextual barriers and facilitators to the implementation processes, the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR) Index.