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Mary McKay, Ph.D.

Director, Public Health Policy and Practice Core

Professor, Silver School of Social Work, and Director, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, New York University
Overview Publications Professional Background

 

Mary McKay, Ph.D. is a Professor at the Silver School of Social Work and Director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University. She has held professorships at Columbia University and University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. McKay is also Director of the HIV Center's Public Health Policy and Practice Core.

 

Dr. McKay has developed a substantial body of research findings around engagement practices to improve engagement with mental health services in urban areas. She has worked closely with New York State Office of Mental Health, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the National Institute of Mental Health to create evidence-based engagement interventions and to test models of dissemination and training for mental health professionals in engagement best practices.

 

Additionally, one of her most successful research projects is the CHAMP (Collaborative HIV Prevention and Adolescent Mental Health Project) Family Program which is a collaborative effort between university and community members to provide HIV prevention and mental health promotion services in urban, low income communities. This project began in Chicago and is now being replicated in New York City, South Africa, and Trinidad. She is embarking on a new project where the same collaborative model will be used to provide HIV prevention and mental health promotion services in family homeless shelters.

 

Dr. McKay holds a Ph.D. in Social Work and has a strong clinical background as a family therapist. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications on the topics of HIV/AIDS, mental health, and urban health issues.

 

Current HIV Center study:

The Vuka Family Program: Supporting the Health and Behavior of South African HIV+ Youth

 

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Mary McKay, Ph.D.

Director, Public Health Policy and Practice Core

Professor, Silver School of Social Work, and Director, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, New York University

mary.mckay@nyu.edu

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