Community Psychiatry PRIDE

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Program for Research in Implementation and Dissemination of Evidence-Based Treatments

 

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Our mission:
Reduce the disproportionate mental health burden in under-served, resource-constricted communities.

Our goal:
Increase access to and quality of care in community-based agencies across Massachusetts.

Who we are:
Community Psychiatry PRIDE is an implementation and dissemination clinical research center housed in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH/Harvard Medical School. Our central focus is implementing evidence-based practices in resource-constricted settings and improving mental health care of our most vulnerable patients. The overarching mission of all of our work is to ultimately bridge the gap between science and practice by bringing evidence-based treatments (EBTs) to community settings, which, in turn, leads to increased access and quality of care across a wide range of psychiatric disorders.

What we do:
We provide a framework for consultation, training, and supervision of community-based providers in their delivery of evidence-based treatments for mental health problems. We work to build strong community partnerships to ensure that treatments are culturally-relevant and responsive to the unique challenges of the community and that all positive change is sustainable.

To learn more about our research studies, contact the research coordinator, Ms. Ahles, at eahles@mgh.harvard.edu or call 617-887-3611.

DIRECTIONS AND CONTACT:

70 Everett Ave Suite 516
Chelsea, MA 02150
617-887-4062

Praise for Mentorship

I cannot speak highly enough of Dr. Marques’ as a mentor. Dr. Marques has a “learn by doing” mentorship philosophy. As a result, when I worked with her I learned a tremendous amount about each stage of research, because I was directly involved in the process. She took time to train me in the varying tasks I was involved in, and she also had confidence in me to allow me to take the lead on many responsibilities and projects. Moreover, her enthusiasm for her projects is contagious, making working with her exciting and rewarding.

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Training in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) at MGH Chelsea with Dr. Marques was a transformative experience for me in my final year of psychiatry residency. It provided a unique opportunity to master a highly effective evidence-based treatment for PSTD that benefited my patients enormously. The training I received in CPT with Dr. Marques has made me a significantly better clinician, and I noticed dramatic improvements in my patients’ symptoms of PTSD by adhering to the CPT model. CPT is the ideal treatment for traumatized and highly vulnerable community populations, and I will continue to use CPT as my primary treatment for PTSD moving forward as a community psychiatrist. My CPT patients have expressed great gratitude for the access they had to CPT, which helped change their lives through significant alleviation of mental suffering as well as enhancement of daily functioning.

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Did you know…?

  • Only 10% of all evidence-based treatments actually end up being used in community clinics.
  • It takes 15-20 years for evidence-based treatments to reach low-income, diverse communities.
  • Fewer than 1 in 11 Latinos with mental illnesses seek treatment.
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