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Alethea Desrosiers

Research Assistant Professor

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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 Massachusetts with a range of clinical practice experience with diverse populations. Her research program focuses on the development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based mental health interventions for vulnerable youth and families globally. Other research interests include applying human-centered design approaches to develop more effective mental health interventions and leveraging advances in technology and implementation science to improve access to mental health services in low resource settings.

Dr. Desrosiers is currently Principal Investigator on an NIMH-funded exploratory study that employs 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 also leads 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 among Sierra Leonean youth in the context of employment programming.

Selected Grants

R21 MH124071-01 (NIMH) • Principal-Investigator

mHealth Tools to Improve Service Delivery Quality of an Evidence-Based Family Home Visiting Intervention to Prevent Family Violence among High Risk Families in Sierra Leone

This exploratory study aims to apply a user-centered design approach to develop mHealth tools to improve supervision and fidelity monitoring of community health workers delivering a family-based behavioral home visiting intervention to high risk Sierra Leonean families with children aged 6 to 36 months. 

R01 MH117359-01 (NIMH) • Co-Investigator

Expanding the Reach of Evidence-Based Mental Health Treatment: Diffusion and Spillover of Mental Health Benefits Among Peer Networks and Caregivers of Youth Facing Compounded Adversity in Sierra Leone

This implementation science study aims to investigate diffusion and spillover of mental health benefits of a CBT-based intervention among peers and caregivers of high risk youth receiving the intervention in Sierra Leone.

U19 MH109989 (NIMH) • Co-Investigator
Youth Forward: Capacity Building in Alternate Delivery Platforms and Implementation Models for Bringing Evidence-Based Behavior Interventions to Scale for Youth Facing Adversity in West Africa

This hybrid effectiveness-implementation trial aims to investigate a collaborative team approach to scaling up and sustaining a CBT-based intervention for high risk youth in Sierra Leone delivered via an employment promotion program.

R01 DA026797-03 (NIDA) • Co-Investigator
Behavioral Drug and HIV Risk Reduction with MMT in China

This randomized clinical trial compared the efficacy of MMT combined with one of three manually-guided behavioral counseling approaches in reducing HIV risk behaviors and illicit opiate use in China.

R01 DA027405-03 (NIDA) • Co-Investigator
Naltrexone and Behavioral Drug and HIV Risk Reduction Counseling in Russia

This randomized clinical trial evaluated the efficacy of two medication formulations of naltrexone and two manually-guided behavioral counseling conditions in reducing HIV risk behaviors and illicit opiate use in Russia.

R01 DA014718-05A1 (NIDA) • Co-Investigator
Drug Counseling and Abstinent-Contingent Take Home Buprenorphine in Malaysia

This randomized clinical trial evaluated whether behavioral counseling, abstinent-contingent take-home buprenorphine, or their combination improves efficacy of standard treatment for opiate dependence in Malaysia.

Selected Appointments & Awards

2019–present    Research Assistant Professor in Global Practice, Boston College School of Social Work

2016–2017    Visiting Scientist, Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Global Health and Population

2012–2017    Associate Research Scientist, Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Substance Abuse Research

2011–2012    Postdoctoral Fellow, T32 Substance Abuse Prevention Training Grant, Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry