CECC



Researching and improving the cultural and linguistic
competence of New York State mental health services

Since 2007, our center has served as a leader in removing cultural and linguistic barriers in mental health care in New York State. The Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence is one of two research centers designated by the New York State Office of Mental Health to investigate and disseminate best practices in the delivery of culturally competent mental health services to underserved populations who are affected by cultural and linguistic barriers.

Research Initiatives

We invite you to see the work we do to advance the quality of mental health care in New York State by topic area:

CECC Staff

We invite you to meet the professionals dedicated to improving cultural and linguistic competence and reducing disparities in New York State mental health services

CECC Staff

CECC Staff

The Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence is one of two research centers designated by the New York State Office of Mental Health to investigate and disseminate...

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Roberto Lewis-Fernández, Director

Roberto Lewis-Fernández,
Director

Roberto Lewis-Fernández, MD has authored a body of research focusing on developing clinical interventions and novel service-delivery approaches to help overcome...

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Leopoldo J. Cabassa, Assistant Director

Leopoldo J. Cabassa,
Assistant Director

Dr. Cabassa joined the CUSSW faculty in July 2012. He is also an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatric Social Work (in Psychiatry) in the Department of Psychiatry...

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Jennifer L. Humensky, Research Director

Jennifer L. Humensky,
Research Director

Jennifer L. Humensky’s research focuses on mental health policy, translating research into policy, first episode psychosis, and education and employment for persons...

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Oscar Jiménez-Solomon, Research Coordinator

Oscar Jiménez-Solomon,
Research Coordinator

Oscar Jiménez-Solomon joins CECC with expertise in competency-based and technical assistance initiatives, program evaluation, and service-based and applied research...

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Neil Krishan Aggarwal, Post-doctoral Clinical Fellow

Neil Krishan Aggarwal,
Post-doctoral Clinical Fellow

Neil Krishan Aggarwal’s research focus is cross-cultural diagnostic assessment and treatment planning with racial and ethnic minorities in mental health...

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Peter Lam, Data Manager / Analyst

Peter Lam,
Data Manager / Analyst

Peter Lam joins our team with a professional focus on mental health service usage, stigma, and suicide. He earned a BA from Binghamton University in 2007 and an MPH...

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Sylvanna M. Vargas, Research Assistant

Sylvanna M. Vargas,
Research Assistant

Sylvanna Vargas joined CECC in July 2012, after working as a Lab Manager at Georgetown University’s Culture and Emotions Lab. At CECC, she has been instrumental in...

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What's new at NYSPI-CECC

Tune into our Blog talk radio series this month where we will be discussing a variety of topics!

Here are the talks we will be giving throughout the month:

September 4th at 2 pm

“Culture and health: Does my doctor know who I am”

Neil Aggarwal and Ravi DeSilva will be giving a talk on the cultural formulation interview in the DSM V. They will focus on the importance of culture in the mental health care setting and propose a way to increase the cultural competence of clinicians.

September 11th 2014 at 2 pm

“Health and Mental Health: Getting Help for Depression in your Community”

Sapana Patel and Virna Little will be giving a talk on community based collaborative care for people suffering from depression in primary care settings. They will also discuss ways to develop culturally congruent tools to foster engagement in care, such as shared decision making. If you would like to tune in please click on the title above.

September 22nd at 4 pm

“Working together to make depression treatment successful”

Roberto Lewis-Fernandez and Ivan Balan will be giving a talk on motivational interviewing, which is a counseling style that helps motivate people to change behavior. They will focus on the question: How can mental health providers be better at motivating and engaging clients to be active participants in their treatment. If you would like to tune in please click on the title above.

September 23rd at 2 pm

“Promoting Economic Empowerment & Recovery through peer support”

Oscar Jimenez-Solomon and Peggy Swarbick will be giving a talk on economic empowerment in the mental health community. They will focus on the benefits of peer support systems in activating individuals and creating a sense of economic empowerment.

 

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