What is it about?

Disparities in mental health services are well-known. Indeed, the extent of the vast differences in access to and quality of care resulted in the establishment by the National Institute of Mental Health’s Disparities in Mental Health Services Research Program. This introduction provides an overview of the special issue that contains current research, projects and programs that address disparities. The articles range from literature reviews to original research and focus on a variety of minoritized populations.

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Why is it important?

The need for accessible and effective mental health services is more important than ever given the current sociopolitical climate. People are suffering and we must equip mental health providers with as many tools as possible to be able to provide quality culturally responsive care.


It was an honor to serve as Guest Editor for this special issue of Psychological Services.

Gayle Iwamasa
Dept of Veterans Affairs

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This page is a summary of: Introduction to the special issue: Improving access and quality of mental health care for diverse populations., Psychological Services, January 2023, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/ser0000732.
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