"Many adults suffer terribly with serious mental illness, often starting when they were children. I’ve expanded my research in children’s mental health through a university-community research partnership whereby our findings are quickly applied in practice. My hope is to develop interventions for children that lead to a more satisfying adult life."
Community-based research; child and adolescent mental health; serious mental illness across the lifespan; evidence-based practice; community-university partnerships
Catherine N. Dulmus, PhD, LCSW-R, is professor, associate dean for research, director of the Buffalo Center for Social Research at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work and co-director of the UB/Amrita Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute housed at Amrita University in Kerala, India. She also serves as research director at Hillside Family of Agencies (HFA) through an innovative research partnership she developed between HFA and the University at Buffalo. This vibrant research partnership garners the strengths and assets of both partners to realize a true research to practice and practice to research agenda.
Dulmus received her baccalaureate degree in Social Work from Buffalo State College in 1989, a master’s degree in Social Work from the University at Buffalo in 1991 and a PhD degree in Social Welfare from the University at Buffalo in 1999. Her research focuses on child mental health, serious mental illness, evidence-based practice and community-university research partnerships. In 2014 she was elected to the National Academies of Practice and the Social Work Academy as a Distinguished Scholar & Fellow. Prior to obtaining her PhD, Dulmus’ social work practice background encompassed almost a decade of experience in the fields of behavioral health and school social work.