Cathleen Willging

Center Director


I am a medical anthropologist and Senior Research Scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation with experience in mixed-method research, intervention development and evaluation, and implementation science (IS). My research focuses on public mental health and substance use treatment, in the United States, healthcare reform, evidence-based practice implementation and sustainment in complex systems, i.e., child welfare, and the advancement of culturally- and contextually-relevant programs to support marginalized groups affected by inequities. My current work entails the application of IS theory and methods to support innovative programming to reduce health and healthcare disparities for sexual and gender minority populations in diverse service delivery settings, i.e., primary care practices, hospital emergency departments, and educational institutions.  I am especially interested in using participatory methods to promote community engagement in the dissemination, uptake, and sustainment of effective interventions at the individual, organization, and systems levels.

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