Mary Acri

Research Associate Professor

Mary (she/her/hers) is a Research Associate Professor at the Social Policy Institute. She earned her doctoral degree in clinical social work from New York University, and her dissertation explored barriers to mental health services among poverty-impacted women of color during pregnancy and the postpartum period. She subsequently began a three-year post-doctoral fellowship within the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Her areas of research include developing and testing innovative methods to facilitate detection and outreach among persons experience mental health and/or health problems, enhancing service delivery in order to improve provider behavior and clinical outcomes, and quality improvement. Prior to earning her PhD, Mary worked at Yale University in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry delivering evidence-based interventions to families of children with disruptive behavior problems and pregnant and postpartum women experiencing depression respectively. She received a dual BA in psychology and English at the University of Rhode Island, and a minor in Art History.

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