Leopoldo Cabassa

Leopoldo Cabassa

Columbia University

cabassa@nyspi.columbia.edu
Dr. Cabassa received his M.S.W and Ph. D. from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to joining the faculty at Columbia, Dr. Cabassa was an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work and at the USC Keck School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. His research focuses on understanding the causes of racial and ethnic disparities in health and mental health care and in developing and implementing culturally tailored interventions aimed at reducing these inequities in care. He was recently awarded an NIMH Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) to examine the implementation of health care interventions for Hispanics with serious mental illness. In this project, he is developing a collaborative planning approach for intervention research that blends principles of community-based participatory research and intervention mapping to modify and assess the feasibility an acceptability of an existing care manger intervention for outpatient public mental health clinics. Dr. Cabassa’s long-term career goal is to establish an independent program of research focused on the implementation of integrated physical and mental health services in the public mental health system to improve the physical health of underserved racial and ethnic minorities with serious mental illness.