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Alethea Desrosiers

Research Assistant Professor


Alethea Desrosiers, Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor in Global Practice at the Boston College School of Social Work, Research Program on Children and Adversity. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Massachusetts with a range of clinical practice experience with diverse populations. Her research program has focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based mental health interventions for disadvantaged youth and adults globally. Other specific research interests include applying human-centered design approaches to develop more effective mental health interventions and leveraging advances in technology to improve access to mental health services in low resource settings.

Dr. Desrosiers is currently Principal Investigator on a newly funded NIMH study that will employ user-centered design principles to develop and test mHealth tools to improve supervision and fidelity monitoring of community health workers delivering a family-based behavioral intervention to vulnerable families with young children in Sierra Leone. She is also leading an NIMH-funded implementation science study to investigate the indirect mental health benefits of a cognitive-behavioral therapy based intervention, the Youth Readiness Intervention (YRI), among peers and caregivers of youth who receive the intervention in Sierra Leone and is a Co-Investigator for a hybrid-implementation effectiveness trial (Youth FORWARD) to scale-up the YRI for high risk Sierra Leonean youth in the context of employment promotion programs. 

Dr. Desrosiers previously served as Co-Investigator on three NIDA-funded randomized clinical trials to evaluate an evidence-based behavioral counseling intervention to reduce substance use and HIV risk behaviors among people with opioid use disorder in China, Malaysia, and the Russian Federation. Prior research projects also include a collaboration with the World Health Organization to develop a psychosocially-infused sexual and reproductive health intervention to improve well-being and sexual and reproductive health service usage among young, female Syrian refugees in the Middle East.