Elizabeth Hanford Flanagan PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Stigma; Discrimination; Health equity; Disparities; Cultural competence; Diagnosis; Classification; Clinicians' conceptualization of mental illness and diagnostic behavior; Subjective experience of mental illness
My research focuses on health equity. One research line investigates stigma in health care, structural stigma, stigma in the community, and self-stigma including interventions to reduce stigma in health care providers and the community. Another research line investigates health disparities in the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addication Services (DMHAS) and interventions to address these disparities. I have received funding from the NIMH and private foundations to conduct my research. Current projects include:
1) mixed-methods research (quantitative-qualitative) investigating stigma and discrimination in the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services system.
2) investigating the impact of "Recovery Speaks," a photovoice intervention to reduce stigma in healthcare and the community.
3) mixed method research investigating disparities in access, treatment engagement, and health outcomes for people who receive services from the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
4) evaluating system-level interventions to eliminate health disparities in CT DMHAS including staff training and workforce development