Dr. Alisa K. Lincoln joined the IUHRP as an Associate Director, where she oversees the development of a Mental Health Research Program. She has been actively involved in conducting public mental health research for more than a decade and has received more than four million dollars in federal research funds. Dr. Lincoln completed an NIMH pre-doctoral Fellowship in Psychiatric Epidemiology, and was an NIMH-funded Public Academic Liaison (PAL) Fellow through the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) training grant. Her training in Mental Health Services Research continued with the “Mentoring for Mental Health Services Research” NIMH R25. Dr. Lincoln’s research contributes to our knowledge about disparities in mental health and mental health care and focuses on the ways in which social factors and system level factors inter-relate to perpetuate these disparities.
Christie J. Rizzo, Associate Professor of Applied Psychology, earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California. She completed her internship in Clinical Psychology at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School and her postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (CAAS) at Brown University. Dr. Rizzo was previously the Assistant Director of the Juvenile Mental Health Clinic at the Rhode Island Family Court. Dr. Rizzo’s research focuses on the development and implementation of evidence-based, violence and risk behavior prevention programming for youth, including technology-based initiatives. Her prevention work centers around the use of skills-based approaches to both reduce risk and promote resilience among our most vulnerable youth including those involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.