Child Clinical Psychology, University of Washington
Cohort Eight Fellow


Prerna Martin is a PhD candidate in Child Clinical Psychology at the University of Washington. Ms. Martin's research interests lie in improving the adoption, implementation and sustainment of evidence-based mental health services for children and families living in underserved communities. Ms. Martin's current work includes the cultural adaptation of parenting and trauma-focused interventions in low-resource settings, and providing clinical and implementation support for mental health programs in Washington State, Kenya, India, Papua New Guinea and Lebanon. 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.