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Mental Health America
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As MHA’s Chief Research Officer, Theresa manages research conducted at Mental Health America. Theresa started MHA Screening in 2014 which is an anonymous screening platform where over 6 million screens are provided a year. MHA research focuses on expanding epidemiological understanding of the early identification and intervention of mental health conditions, innovative strategies in digital mental health, the role of psychoeducation and health literacy on long term wellbeing, and translation of community healing practices in a digital space. Theresa’s clinical experience focused on working with children and adults in community mental health, homelessness, dual diagnosis treatment, and early intervention of psychosis. As an advocate she worked to build a consumer based mental health workforce, to improve access to treatment through community based and recovery oriented mental health programs, and to address needs of underserved communities. She currently teaches at University of California, Irvine’s Advanced Immigrant Rights Clinic. Theresa is also currently a Board Member of Project Return Peer Support Network, a member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee Mental Health Taskforce, a member of the Mental Health Research Network Advisory Committee, and a PCORI Ambassador.