Cambridge, MA...Margarita Alegra, PhD, Director of Cambridge Health Alliance's Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research, is the recipient of the 2011 Excellence in Hispanic Mental Health Research, Advocacy and Leadership Award from the National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health.
Honored for her many contributions to the Latino community and the mental health arena, Dr. Alegra has long been a champion of researching disparities in mental health and substance abuse services, with the goal of improving access, equity, and quality of these services for disadvantaged and minority populations.
Dr. Alegra serves as the Principal Investigator of multiple research initiatives, including the groundbreaking National Latino and Asian American Study, which examines the psychiatric disorders and service needs among Latin American and Asian American populations. She is also the Principal Investigator of the Advanced Center for Mental Health Disparities aimed at reducing disparities in mental health services among Latino and Black populations.
Additionally, Dr. Alegra has published extensively on conceptual and methodological issues with minority populations, risk behaviors, and disparities in service delivery, and she provides training and research support for investigators interested in disparities research. She is a professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Alegra received the award at the annual Shining Lights: Outstanding Leaders for a Brighter Future for Hispanics Awards Gala held earlier this month.