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  • Steven Adelsheim

    Steven Adelsheim

    Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    Bio Steven Adelsheim, MD is a child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist who works to support community behavioral health partnerships locally, regionally, at the state level and nationally. He is the Director of the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Adelsheim has partnered in developing statewide mental health policy and systems, including those focused on school mental health, telebehavioral health, tribal behavioral health programs, and suicide prevention. For many years Dr. Adelsheim has been developing and implementing early detection/intervention programs for young people in school-based and primary care settings, including programs for depression, anxiety, prodromal symptoms of psychosis, and first episodes of psychosis. Dr. Adelsheim is also involved in the implementation of integrated behavioral health care models in primary care settings as well as the use of media to decrease stigma surrounding mental health issues. He is currently leading the US effort to implement the headspace model of mental health early intervention for young people ages 12-25 based in Australia. Dr. Adelsheim also leads the national clinical network for early psychosis programs called PEPPNET.

  • Mehret Assefa

    Mehret Assefa

    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.

  • Rania Awaad

    Rania Awaad

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests As the Director of the Muslims and Mental Health Lab, Dr. Awaad is dedicated to creating an academic home for the study of mental health as it relates to the Islamic faith and Muslim populations. The lab aims to provide the intellectual resources to clinicians, researchers, trainees, educators, community and religious leaders working with or studying Muslims.

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