Dana Rusch, Ph.D

Department of Psychiatry (MC 747)
Institute for Juvenile Research
1747 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
Office Phone:312-413-1708

Frazier, S. L., Dinizulu, S., Rusch, D., Boustani, M., Mehta, T., & Reitz, K. (In press). Building resilience in after school for early adolescents in urban poverty: Open trial of Leaders @ Play. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.

Rusch, D., Frazier, S.L, & Atkins, M. (In press). Building capacity within community-based organizations: New directions for mental health promotion for Latino immigrant families in urban poverty. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. doi: 10.1007/s10488-014-0549-1. Epub 2014 Apr 10.

Dirks, M. A., Suor, J. H, Rusch, D., & Frazier, S. L. (2014). Children’s responses to hypothetical provocation by peers: Coordination of assertive and aggressive strategies. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 42(7), 1077-1087. doi: 10.1007/s10802-014-9862-0. Epub 2014 Mar 26.

Rusch, D. & Reyes, K. (2013). Examining the effects of Mexican serial migration and family separations on acculturative stress, depression, and family functioning. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 35(2), 139-158. doi: 10.1177/0739986312467292

Frazier, S.L., Mehta, T., Hur, K., Atkins, M., & Rusch, D. (2013). Not just a walk in the park: Efficacy to effectiveness for after school programs in communities of concentrated urban poverty. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 40(5), 406-418. doi: 10.1007/s10488- 012-0432-x

Alegría, M., Canino, G., Lai, S., Ramirez, R., Chavez, L., Rusch, D., & Shrout, P. (2004). Understanding caregivers’ help-seeking for Latino children’s mental health care use. Medical Care, 42, 447-455.

Alegría, M., Vera, M., Shrout, P., Canino, G., Lai, S., Albizu, C., Marín, H., Peña, M., & Rusch, D. (2004). Understanding hard-core drug use among urban Puerto Rican women in high-risk neighborhoods. Addictive Behaviors, 29, 643-664.

Alegría, M., Canino, G., Rios, R., Vera, M., Calderon, J., Rusch, D., & Ortega, A.N. (2002). Inequalities in use of specialty mental health services among Latinos, African Americans, and non-Latino whites. Psychiatric Services, 53, 1547-1555.

Rusch, D. (2013). Building on the capacity of community-based organizations to meet the SEL needs of youth from Latino immigrant families. AERA Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Special Interest Group (SIG) Fall Newsletter.

Bustamante, E.E., Davis, C.L., Frazier, S.L., Rusch, D., Fogg, L., Atkins, M.S., Hellison, D.R., Marquez, D.X. After-school physical activity program for ADHD and DBD: A randomized controlled trial.

Dana Rusch, Ph.D

Visiting Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Rusch has an overarching interest in addressing mental health disparities among ethnic minority youth and families living in urban poverty. Her specific program of research focuses on meeting the mental health needs of youth from Latino immigrant families, with attention to ecological context in the design and implementation of mental health service models. This research aims to build upon community resources and workforce strengths through collaborative partnerships with non-specialty settings (e.g., schools, community-based organizations, after-school programs) and the non-traditional providers that play a critical role in family engagement and advocacy. Through her efforts to design relevant and sustainable mental health services, Dr. Rusch has collaborated with the Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Park District, and various community-based organizations serving Latino/immigrant families throughout the city.

Dr. Rusch received her B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University (1999) and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2011). She completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship in Child Clinical and Pediatric Psychology at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (2008-2009) and continued her postdoctoral training at IJR with Dr. Atkins’ team at the Center for Community-Based Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy . From 2009-2013, she also served as Project Director for an NIMH-funded R01 (PI: S. Frazier) that examined the role of organizational social context on children’s mental health promotion through after-school program participation.


Mental health services research for children in urban poverty
Effective models of community-based mental health services for youth from Latino immigrant families
Immigrant family context, acculturative stress, and mental health
Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) to build models of mental health promotion for immigrant youth and families


American Psychological Association (APA)
Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology (APA Division 53)
Latino Mental Health Providers Network


Partners Achieving Student Success (PASS; PI: M. Atkins & S. Starin)
Children’s Mental Health in Urban After- School Programs (Project NAFASI and Leaders@Play; PI: S. Frazier)
The Links Center: Leading Innovations for Neighborhoods, Kids, and Schools (PI: M. Atkins)


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