Michael McCreary has worked on projects that involved using technology to improve children’s mental healthcare, evaluating the impact of coordinated physical and mental health systems, improving disaster resilience in communities throughout Los Angeles County, and developing an economic analysis of a study designed to improve depression care to under resourced communities in Los Angeles. He obtained a BA in History from UCLA and a Masters of Public Policy from USC. He is currently working with Dr. Beth Bromley to help establish the Center for Community Psychiatry, an organization aimed at improving mental health services for the homeless throughtout Los Angeles County.
The Los Angeles County Community Disaster Resilience project is a collaborative effort that aims to promote community resilience in the face of public health emergencies, such as pandemics and disasters.
The goal of Healthy Minds, Healthy Children, Healthy Chicago (H3) is to develop a a trauma-informed integrated care model to improve the prevention, early detection and treatment of child mental health problems. The main aims of the project evaluation are: 1) to describe the feasibility and acceptability of the care model by describing the care processes delivered; and 2) evaluate whether the care model is promising by tracking improvement in clinical outcomes in the child and primary caregiver over time (i.e., 3, 6, 12 months). The main care processes are: child mental health screenings, on-site brief mental health interventions, referral to specialty mental health, and if part of the care model, the detection of need for primary care in the affiliated specialty mental health program. For the child, the main clinical outcomes are mental health problem symptoms, health related quality of life, depression and high risk behaviors (youth only), functioning, and academic achievement. For the primary caregiver, the clinical outcomes are caregiver stress, probable depression, resilience and empowerment. The final selection of the clinical outcomes was guided by feedback from the clinical providers and community advisory board.
Chung B, Ong M, Ettner SL, Jones F, Gilmore J, McCreary M, Sherbourne C, Ngo V, Koegel P, Tang L, Dixon E, Miranda J, Belin TR, Wells KB. 12-month outcomes of community engagement versus technical assistance to implement depression collaborative care: a partnered, cluster, randomized, comparative effectiveness trial. Ann Intern Med. 2014 Nov 18;161(10 Suppl):S23-34.
Chandra A, Kim J, Pieters HC, Tang J, McCreary M, Schreiber M, Wells K. Implementing psychological first-aid training for medical reserve corps volunteers. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2014 Feb;8(1):95-100.