Mary McKay, PhD

Member, Public Health Policy and Practice Core
Professor and Dean, Washington University Brown School of Social Work and Public Health

Email: mary.mckay@nyu.edu

Mary McKay, PhD, is a Professor at the Silver School of Social Work and Director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University. She has held professorships at Columbia University and University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. McKay is also Director of the HIV Center's Public Health Policy and Practice Core.

Dr. McKay has developed a substantial body of research findings around engagement practices to improve engagement with mental health services in urban areas. She has worked closely with New York State Office of Mental Health, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the National Institute of Mental Health to create evidence-based engagement interventions and to test models of dissemination and training for mental health professionals in engagement best practices.

Additionally, one of her most successful research projects is the CHAMP (Collaborative HIV Prevention and Adolescent Mental Health Project) Family Program which is a collaborative effort between university and community members to provide HIV prevention and mental health promotion services in urban, low income communities. This project began in Chicago and is now being replicated in New York City, South Africa, and Trinidad. She is embarking on a new project where the same collaborative model will be used to provide HIV prevention and mental health promotion services in family homeless shelters.

Dr. McKay holds a Ph.D. in Social Work and has a strong clinical background as a family therapist. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications on the topics of HIV/AIDS, mental health, and urban health issues.

EDUCATION

Loyola University of Chicago, 
BA - 1985 - Social Work

Loyola University of Chicago, 
MSW - 1987 - Social Work

University of Illinois at Chicago, 
PhD - 1994 - Social Work

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1991-1993: Family Intervention Coordinator, Metropolitan Area Child Study, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

1993-1996: Clinical Associate, University of Illinois at Chicago

1994-1998: Visiting Instructor, University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work

1994-1997: Clinical Supervisor, Metropolitan Area Child Study, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

1994-1998: Director of Social Work Training, University of Illinois of Chicago, Institute for Juvenile Research

1997-1998: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

1998: Visiting Lecturer, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration

1998-2003: Associate Professor, Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, NY

1999-2003: Senior Investigator, Social Intervention Group, Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, NY

2003-2011: Professor, Departments of Psychiatry & Community Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY

2011 - present: Professor, Silver School of Social Work, New York University, New York, NY
Director, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, New York, NY
Professorial Lecturer, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY

HONORS AND AWARDS

1994: NIMH Child Mental Health Services Research

1995: NIMH Epidemiology of Mental Disorders

1996: NIMH Prevention Research Conference
Heart of Social Work Award, Council for Social Work Education

1997: NIJ Violence Across Settings
NIMH Research on Mental Health Services for Youths and their Families

1998: NIMH Poverty, Mental Health and Risk

2003: American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy Outstanding Research Publication Award

2010: NAMI Seeds of Change Award