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Serene Olin, PhD

Associate Professor; Deputy Director; The Center for Mental Health Implementation and Dissemination Science in States (IDEAS)
Serene Olin, PhD

Specialty Areas: Family Peer Support Services; Quality Indicators and Impacts on Family / Youth Outcomes; Implementation Strategies for large-scale dissemination of EBPs

Serene Olin, PhD, is Associate Professor and deputy director of an NIMH-funded IDEAS Center at the Child Study Center. She is responsible for the overall scientific management and operational direction for the IDEAS Center's scientific activities. Dr. Olin also oversees evaluation and research activities related to New York State Office of Mental Health's quality improvement initiatives related to children and family. A child clinical psychologist by training, her primary area of research focuses on family support services in children's mental health. She has led efforts to develop and test curriculum-based training programs and quality indicators for family peer partners community-based, school and hospital settings.

Ongoing research activities involve
•    Developing and testing team-based approaches that integrate family partners to improve quality of care and diversion from high-end services. 
•    Validating and testing quality indicators of family support services
•    Understanding and addressing organizational context factors that influence the implementation of innovative services into care practices.

Dr. Olin received her BA in biology and psychology at Grinnell College; and her MA and PhD in psychology (clinical) from the University of Southern California. She completed a child psychology postdoctoral fellowship at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (pediatric neuropsychology sub-specialty).

Prior to joining the faculty at NYU, Dr. Olin was an assistant professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry), Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. Previously, she was Chief of the Combined Treatments Program in the Child and Adolescent Treatment Preventive Intervention Branch, Division of Services and Intervention Research, National Institute of Mental Health.

Dr. Olin is the author of over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, books, book chapters and other professional publications. She has taught, supervised and mentored numerous undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral psychology students, medical residents and junior faculty. She serves as an ad hoc reviewer for several journals, including School Mental Health, Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.