Mary C. Acri, is an assistant professor at the NYU School of Medicine, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and affiliated faculty of the IDEAS Center. Dr. Acri's research interests focus on designing and implementing community-based interventions to engage high-risk parents and children receiving mental health services.
Dr. Acri is principal investigator of a NIMH-funded R21 grant entitled "Developing a Peer-Delivered Intervention for Depression," the focus of which is to identify maternal depression and facilitate active linkages to services, and co-investigator of a NIMH-funded R01 grant, entitled "Improving Family-to-Family Services in Children's Mental Health," which aims to implement an agency-level organization intervention to improve services to children and families. Dr. Acri is also project coordinator of the National Collaborative for Innovation in Quality Measurement, which aims to develop a standardized set of quality measures to monitor the quality of care for adolescents with depression, and project director of the Children's Technical Assistance Center, which provides training and support to OMH-licensed child mental health clinics on quality improvement strategies.
Dr. Acri received her BA in psychology and English from the University of Rhode Island, and her MSW and PhD in social work from New York University. She completed post-graduate training from Yale University and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Prior to joining the faculty at the CSC, Dr. Acri was an assistant professor at Columbia University and at the Hunter College School of Social Work. Dr. Acri was also Adjunct Faculty at New York University's Silver School of Social Work.
Dr. Acri has taught Research Methods to master's level social work students at New York University and Hunter College since 2006. She has also lectured about cognitive-behavioral therapy and behavioral parent training to clinicians and undergraduate students. She is the author of over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and other professional publications. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.