Although great strides have been made in developing effective treatments for youth mental health problems, they are often not implemented in real-world settings. Noah aims to engage patients, mental health care providers, and policymakers to develop and refine solutions for increasing access to evidence-based mental health care in the U.S. and abroad. By examining various ways in which stakeholder perspectives are included in the research process, his research has the potential to generate acceptable and scalable solutions for increasing access to high-quality mental health care and improving health equity worldwide.
MORE ABOUT NOAH
Growing up in a rural area of North Carolina, Noah has seen the realities of health, social, and educational inequity firsthand. As a first-generation college graduate, he is committed to using his education to improve health equity by conducting research and advocacy that centers the needs of typically overlooked communities.
DISSERTATION GRANT AWARDEE — FALL 2021
Applying Human-Centered Design to Maximize Acceptability, Feasibility, and Usability of Mobile Technology Supervision in Kenya: A Mixed Methods Pilot Study
The potential promise of task-shifting to reduce the mental health treatment gap goes unrealized without empirical guidance on scalable and sustainable methods to supervise lay counselors. This project utilizes human-centered design techniques to gain lay counselor and supervisor perspectives and redesign supervision processes to leverage mobile technology as a potentially sustainable and scalable alternative to in-person supervision. The redesigned supervision processes are tested in a pilot trial that examines the acceptability, feasibility, usability, and perceived effectiveness of mobile technology supervision.
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