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Ayorkor Gaba PsyD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
DepartmentPsychiatry
AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
Biotech I 365 Plantation Street
Worcester MA 01605
Phone508-856-6563
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    Rutgers University- New Brunswick, New Brunswick, NJ, United StatesBSPsychology
    Rutgers University- New Brunswick, New Brunswick, NJ, United StatesPSYDClinical Psychology

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    I am is a Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Director of the Behavioral Health Equity Advancement Lab (B-HEAL). I study behavioral health treatment and support interventions, within underserved populations including individuals experiencing homelessness, justice-involved persons, veterans, women, and systemically minoritized groups. As a recent mentored career development (KL2) awardee, my current research is utilizing a health equity implementation science framework to study and advance behavioral health equity in care delivery models for justice-involved adults. Ultimately, my research aims to promote equity and reduce disparities. I complement my research with advocacy efforts as an American Psychological Association NGO representative to the United Nations and clinical work in private practice. I integrate cross-cultural, social justice, systems, and human rights perspectives across my work. 




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    1. Shaffer PM, Rodriguez CP, Gaba A, Byrne T, Casey SC, Harter J, Smelson D. Engaging vulnerable populations in drug treatment court: Six month outcomes from a co-occurring disorder wraparound intervention. Int J Law Psychiatry. 2021 Apr 14; 76:101700. PMID: 33864989.
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    2. Pinals DA, Gaba A, Shaffer PM, Andre MA, Smelson DA. Risk-need-responsivity and its application in behavioral health settings: A feasibility study of a treatment planning support tool. Behav Sci Law. 2021 Feb 10. PMID: 33569766.
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    3. Hayaki J, Holzhauer CG, Epstein EE, Cook S, Gaba A, Lorenzo AC, McCrady BS. Menstrual cycle phase, alcohol consumption, alcohol cravings, and mood among women in outpatient treatment for alcohol use disorder. Psychol Addict Behav. 2020 Apr 06. PMID: 32250129.
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    4. Hayaki, J., Holzhauer, C. G., Epstein, E. E., Cook, S., Gaba, A., Lorenzo, A. C., & McCrady, B. S. . Menstrual cycle phase, alcohol consumption, alcohol cravings, and mood among women in treatment for alcohol use disorder. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. 2020.
    5. Smelson DA, Gaba A, Pressman K, Clary KM, Shaffer PM, Pinals DA. Embedding a Co-occurring Disorders Rehabilitation Intervention in Veterans Courts: A Pilot Study with Male Veterans. Community Ment Health J. 2020 Jan 31. PMID: 32006293.
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    6. Shaffer, P., Gaba, A., Sprinckmoller, S., Starratt, E. & Smelson, D. . Treatment Needs and Gender Differences Among Clients Entering a Rural Drug Treatment Court with a Co-occurring Disorder. Drug Court Review Volume III. Winter 2020. 2020.
    7. Pinals DA, Gaba A, Clary KM, Barber J, Reiss J, Smelson D. Implementation of MISSION-Criminal Justice in a Treatment Court: Preliminary Outcomes Among Individuals With Co-occurring Disorders. Psychiatr Serv. 2019 Jul 24; appips201800570. PMID: 31337322.
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    8. Hanna J, Kubiak S, Pasman E, Gaba A, Andre M, Smelson D, Pinals DA. Evaluating the implementation of a prisoner re-entry initiative for individuals with opioid use and mental health disorders: Application of the consolidated framework for implementation research in a cross-system initiative. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2019 Jun 20. PMID: 31285078.
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    9. Clary, K., Shaffer, P., Gaba, A., Pinals, D., Smelson, D. Comparing the treatment needs of participants with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders in drug and veterans treatment courts. Journal of Substance Use. 2019.
    10. Olmstead TA, Graff FS, Ames-Sikora A, McCrady BS, Gaba A, Epstein EE. Cost-effectiveness of individual versus group female-specific cognitive behavioral therapy for alcohol use disorder. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2019 May; 100:1-7. PMID: 30898323.
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    11. Epstein EE, McCrady BS, Hallgren KA, Gaba A, Cook S, Jensen N, Hildebrandt T, Holzhauer CG, Litt MD. Individual versus group female-specific cognitive behavior therapy for alcohol use disorder. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2018 May; 88:27-43. PMID: 29606224.
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    12. Flores R., Gaba, A., Jaipal, R., Quintero, N., Rubin, N. . Why Global Health Matters: How to (actually) make a difference in the world?. Surviving to Thriving: The role of mental health in facilitating global health and attaining sustainable development. 2017.
    13. Grosso JA, Epstein EE, McCrady BS, Gaba A, Cook S, Backer-Fulghum LM, Graff FS. Women's motivators for seeking treatment for alcohol use disorders. Addict Behav. 2013 Jun; 38(6):2236-45. PMID: 23501141; PMCID: PMC4702486.
    14. Asanbe, C., Gaba, A., & Yang, J. Mental Health is a Human Right. Psychology International. December 2018.
    15. Hunt KA, Gaba A, Lavizzo-Mourey R. Racial and ethnic disparities and perceptions of health care: does health plan type matter? Health Services Research. 2005 Apr;40(2):551-76.
    16. Coups EJ, Gaba A, Orleans CT. Physician screening for multiple behavioral health risk factors.Am J Prev Med. 2004 Aug;27(2 Suppl):34-41.
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