Dr. Wasserman has been investigating the psychopathology of child and adolescent conduct problems for over 30 years. Since 1998, she has served as the Director for Columbia University’s Center for the Promotion of Mental Health in Juvenile Justice. The center’s collaborations with juvenile justice and other state and county agencies have systematically documented the range, severity and correlates of substance use and mental health problems in youths in contact with the juvenile justice system. Under her direction, our team developed and piloted a systems-level SAMHSA-supported multilayered intervention (Project Connect) aimed at enhancing identification of suicide risk and correlated mental health and substance use concerns in probation settings, and increasing probation officer linkage practices to more effectively connect juvenile probationers to community providers. She is currently PI for a NIDA-funded collaborative (JJ-TRIALS) investigating the impact of a cross-system intervention on service utilization for juvenile probationers with substance use and co-occurring disorders, and examining the roles and factors that enhance or impede program uptake and service use.
See a complete list of Dr. Wasserman’s publications here.