Dani Adams

NIMH T32 Postdoctoral Fellow, Brown School

Danielle (Dani) Adams research aims to improve the availability, accessibility, and quality of mental health services delivered in under-resourced neighborhoods to reduce health disparities for marginalized children, adolescents, and families. She takes an applied, policy-relevant, and community-engaged approach, collaborating with relevant stakeholders from the study’s design to the dissemination of findings. Her work is motivated by her previous clinical experiences as a social worker at a Chicago Public High School and as a community mental health therapist. Time and time again, she witnessed families encounter a wide array of barriers to accessing mental health services, including long wait times and a paucity of providers who could speak Spanish. Using an innovative “mystery shopper” methodology, her dissertation found that racial/ethnic discrimination may occur when families attempt to access mental health care, as the Black and Latina callers requesting to schedule an appointment were 20% less likely to be offered a mental health appointment than the White caller. Her life’s work is dedicated to helping families access high-quality mental health care when they need it.