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 best practices in the delivery of culturally competent mental health services to underserved populations who are affected by cultural and linguistic barriers.

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Roberto Lewis-Fernández, MD has authored a body of research focusing on developing clinical interventions and novel service-delivery approaches to help overcome disparities in the care of underserved US cultural groups.

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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 at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Assistant Director of the New York State Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

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Jennifer L. Humensky’s research focuses on mental health policy, translating research into policy, first episode psychosis, and education and employment for persons with psychiatric disorders. Her professional interests include investigating racial and ethnic disparities in access to mental health care and cultural competence in health care reform.

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