National Mentoring Network (MNET) Mentor Profiles
Kathlene Tracy, Ph.D.
New York University Langone Medical Center
VA New York Harbor Health Care System, New York, NY
Research Interests: Anxiety/Mood, Mental Health, Patient-Centered Care, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Substance Use, Suicide
Dr. Kathlene Tracy has been devoted to helping individuals recover from severe substance/psychiatric illnesses that have often been coupled by traumatic life events and homelessness. Throughout her career, she has worked in private, state, and federal positions within inpatient, outpatient, and community settings while holding both clinical and research positions simultaneously. Dr. Tracy has been appointed to several national committees to develop psychosocial treatments, peer mentorship approaches, standardized measures, and training programs to be implemented nationally within National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Veterans Administration (VA) funded projects. In addition, she has been appointed to local committees to safeguard the protection of subjects in research trials, ensure quality research methodology, and promote psychosocial rehabilitation services. Through her Community Research and Recovery Program (CRRP) that is based on the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA), she conducts studies and programs that focus on reducing patients' psychiatric and substance abuse symptoms by making changes in their daily environment to promote healthier lifestyles. Dr. Tracy has received funding, both current and past, for behavioral therapies development from multiple sources including the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) as well as has received funding from other federal and state agencies for behavioral treatment research. The long-term goal of her research is to promote the development of innovative approaches that challenge belief systems about limits on patients' capabilities to improve treatments, reduce associated stigma, and consequently provide environments where persons are more likely to adhere to treatments that match their particular goals in life.