Faculty Mentors

Margarita Alegría, PhD

ProfessorDepartment of Medicine and Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Chief, Disparities Research Unit
Massachusetts General Hospital and The Mongan Institute

Margarita Alegría, Ph.D., is the Chief of the Disparities Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Mongan Institute, and a Professor in the Department of Medicine and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Alegría is currently the PI of four National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research studies: The Impact of Medicaid Plans on Access to and Quality of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment; Building Infrastructure for Community Capacity in Accelerating Integrated Care; Building Community Capacity for Disability Prevention for Minority Elders; and Latino Youth Coping with Discrimination: A Multi-Level Investigation in Micro- and Macro-Time. Dr. Alegría has published over 290 peer-reviewed papers, and several book chapters, on topics such as improvement of health care services delivery for diverse racial and ethnic populations, conceptual and methodological issues with multicultural populations and ways to bring the community’s perspective into the design and implementation of health services. In acknowledgement of her contributions to her field, Dr. Alegría has been widely recognized and cited. Her research has been recognized by the Simon Bolivar Award by the American Psychiatry Association, the Carl Taube Award by the American Public Health Association and the Health Disparities Innovation Award from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. In October 2011, she was elected as a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Most recently, Dr. Alegria received the 2019 Steven Banks Award from the Mental Health Section of the American Public Health Association.

Selected Publications:

Alegría, M., O’Malley, I. S., DiMarzio, K., & Zhen-Duan, J. (2022). Framework for Understanding and Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Children’s Mental Health. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics, 31(2), 179-191. PMID: 35361358.

Alegría, M., Frank, R. G., Hansen, H. B., Sharfstein, J. M., Shim, R. S., & Tierney, M. (2021). Transforming Mental Health And Addiction Services: Commentary describes steps to improve outcomes for people with mental illness and addiction in the United States. Health Affairs, 40(2), 226-234. PMID: 33476189.

Ramos, Z., Fortuna, L. R., Porche, M. V., Wang, Y., Shrout, P. E., Loder, S., McPeck, S., Noyola, N., Toro, M., Carmona, R. & Alegría, M. (2016). Posttraumatic stress symptoms and their relationship to drug and alcohol use in an international sample of Latino immigrants. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 1-10. PMCID: PMC5322239.