Child Clinical Psychology, University of Washington
Cohort Eight Fellow

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Academic Mentor
Shannon Dorsey, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Washington

Policy Mentor
Lucy Berliner, MSW
Director, Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress

Areas of Expertise
Implementation Science, Mental Health and Well-Being, Low-Income Families and Individuals



Prerna Martin is a PhD candidate in Child Clinical Psychology at the University of Washington. Ms. Martin’s research focuses on improving access to evidence-based programs (EBP) in mental health for children and families living in underserved communities. Ms. Martin uses implementation science methods to support domestic and global organizations in improving the adoption, implementation and sustainment of EBPs in their communities. Her work also involves training and supervising lay counselors in low- and middle-income countries in transdiagnostic interventions like the Common Elements Treatment Approach (CETA) and in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Ms. Martin currently provides clinical and implementation support for mental health programs in Kenya, India, Papua New Guinea, Lebanon and Washington State. Prior to starting her doctoral program, Ms. Martin managed NIH-funded clinical research trials, conducted program evaluations and provided clinical services at the Columbia University Medical Center, New York State Office of Mental Health, Boston VA and McLean Hospital. Ms. Martin holds a Master’s in Public Health in Global Health from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Harvard University.


Global is Local and Local is Global: A Mixed Methods Study to Select & Tailor Implementation Strategies for Reducing Child Maltreatment in Low-Resource Settings

Implementation challenges significantly reduce the adoption and effectiveness of child maltreatment prevention programs in low-resource communities. Prior research in the U.S. has identified implementation strategies to address these challenges in general, but little is known about their specific applicability to low-resource settings in the U.S. and in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). This study will identify feasible and effective implementation strategies employed by child maltreatment programs in 10 LMIC. Novel applications of two mixed methods approaches, concept mapping and conjoint analysis, will be used to tailor these strategies for an organization delivering a parenting intervention to reduce child maltreatment in urban slums in New Delhi, India. This study will generate knowledge on the process of selecting and tailoring implementation strategies to address context-specific barriers and better prepare organizations in LMIC to deliver child maltreatment programs. Study findings have the potential to inform implementation practices among U.S. community-based organizations serving maltreated children in similar resource-constrained settings.