Kiara Alvarez, Ph.D.

Disparities Research Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital
PhD Investigator Clinical
Disparities Research Unit, Mass General Research Institute
Instructor in Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
PhD University of Texas, Austin 2014
adolescent health; community health; health disparities; health equity; immigrant youth; immigration; latino population; mental health; suicide; suicide risk Kiara Alvarez, PhD is an Instructor and Research Scientist in the Disparities Research Unit in the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Her research and clinical work focus on improving child and adolescent behavioral health outcomes, with an emphasis on health equity. She has particular interests in the prevention of suicidal behavior, the integration of behavioral health care across clinical and community settings serving youth, and the mental health and well-being of Latinx and immigrant youth and their families. Her work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the William T. Grant Foundation. Dr. Alvarez completed her psychology internship training at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School and received her doctorate from the APA-accredited School Psychology program at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Literature from Harvard University. 
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