Michael A. Lindsey
Executive Director, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research and Constance and Martin Silver Professor of Poverty Studies
PhD, MSW, MPH
Areas of Expertise: Child and adolescent mental health services research; adolescent depression; adolescent suicide; school mental health; adolescent risk behaviors
Michael Lindsey is Executive Director of NYU Silver’s McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research and is the School's Constance and Martin Silver Professor of Poverty Studies. A child and adolescent mental health services researcher, Dr. Lindsey is particularly interested in the prohibitive factors that lead to unmet mental health need among vulnerable youth with serious psychiatric illnesses, including depression and suicide. He has received research support from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to examine the social network influences on perceptual and actual barriers to mental health care among Black adolescent males with depression. He also received NIMH funding to develop and test a treatment engagement intervention that promotes access to and use of mental health services among depressed adolescents in school- and community-based treatment.
Dr. Lindsey’s research is currently funded by NIMH, addressing depression and suicide risk among Black adolescents, and by the Robin Hood Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, delivering an innovative combination of interventions aimed at decreasing PTSD and depression, and improving positive parenting skills, among child-welfare involved mothers with trauma-related disorders.
In addition to his roles at NYU Silver and the McSilver Institute, he is an Aspen Health Innovators Fellow, a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) in Social Work, a standing member of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) National Advisory Council at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and an editorial board member of several journals, including Psychiatric Services, Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, School Mental Health, and Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.
Dr. Lindsey was appointed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Community Preventive Services Task Force, starting in 2022. He also leads the working group of experts supporting the Congressional Black Caucus Emergency Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health, which created the report Ring the Alarm: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America. As well, through him, the McSilver Institute leads NYU’s university-wide Strategies to Reduce Inequality initiative.
Dr. Lindsey became Executive Director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research and Constance and Martin Silver Professor of Poverty Studies at NYU Silver in September 2016. Dr. Lindsey was previously an Associate Professor at NYU Silver.
Prior to joining NYU Silver in 2014, Dr. Lindsey was an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and concurrently a Faculty Affiliate at the University of Maryland Department of Psychiatry’s Center for School Mental Health.
Dr. Lindsey holds a PhD in social work and MPH from the University of Pittsburgh; an MSW from Howard University; and a BA in sociology from Morehouse College. He also completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in public health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.
Unpacking Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Associations between Neighborhood Disadvantage and Academic Achievement: Mediation of Future Orientation and Moderation of Parental Support
Xiao, Y., Romanelli, M., Vélez-Grau, C. & Lindsey, M. A., Jan 2021, In : Journal of Youth and Adolescence. 50, 1, p. 103-125 23 p.
Adolescent social networks matter for suicidal trajectories: Disparities across race/ethnicity, sex, sexual identity, and socioeconomic status
Xiao, Y. & Lindsey, M. A., 2021, In : Psychological Medicine..
Racial/Ethnic, Sex, Sexual Orientation, and Socioeconomic Disparities in Suicidal Trajectories and Mental Health Treatment Among Adolescents Transitioning to Young Adulthood in the USA: A Population-Based Cohort Study
Xiao, Y. & Lindsey, M. A., 2021, In : Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research..
Variational Embedding for Quantum Many-Body Problems
Lin, L. & Lindsey, M., 2021, In : Communications on Pure and Applied Mathematics..
Enhancing robustness and efficiency of density matrix embedding theory via semidefinite programming and local correlation potential fitting
Wu, X., Lindsey, M., Zhou, T., Tong, Y. & Lin, L., Aug 15 2020, In : Physical Review B. 102, 8, 085123.
Sexual Identity–Behavior Profiles and Suicide Outcomes Among Heterosexual, Lesbian, and Gay Sexually Active Adolescents
Romanelli, M., Xiao, Y. & Lindsey, M. A., Aug 1 2020, In : Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. 50, 4, p. 921-933 13 p.
Sparsity Pattern of the Self-energy for Classical and Quantum Impurity Problems
Lin, L. & Lindsey, M., Jul 1 2020, In : Annales Henri Poincare. 21, 7, p. 2219-2257 39 p.
Patterns of Healthcare Discrimination Among Transgender Help-Seekers
Romanelli, M. & Lindsey, M. A., Apr 2020, In : American journal of preventive medicine. 58, 4, p. e123-e131
Trends of suicidal behaviors among high school students in the United States: 1991-2017
Lindsey, M. A., Sheftall, A. H., Xiao, Y. & Joe, S., Nov 1 2019, In : Pediatrics. 144, 5, e20191187.
The Influence of Treatment Engagement on Positive Outcomes in the Context of a School-Based Intervention for Students with Externalizing Behavior Problems
Lindsey, M. A., Romanelli, M., Ellis, M. L., Barker, E. D., Boxmeyer, C. L. & Lochman, J. E., Sep 15 2019, In : Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 47, 9, p. 1437-1454 18 p.
A latent class analysis of health lifestyles and suicidal behaviors among US adolescents
Xiao, Y., Romanelli, M. & Lindsey, M. A., Aug 1 2019, In : Journal of Affective Disorders. 255, p. 116-126 11 p.
Racial/ethnic measurement invariance of the School Success Profile (SSP)'s future orientation scale
Xiao, Y., Bowen, N. K. & Lindsey, M. A., Dec 2018, In : Journal of School Psychology. 71, p. 85-107 23 p.
Family practice in integrative behavioral health
McKay, M. M., Lindsey, M. A. & Gopalan, G., May 27 2018, In : Journal of Family Social Work. 21, 3, p. 189-190 2 p.
A Review of Treatments for Young Black Males Experiencing Depression
Lindsey, M. A., Banks, A., Cota, C. F., Lawrence Scott, M. & Joe, S., Mar 1 2018, In : Research on Social Work Practice. 28, 3, p. 320-329 10 p.
Examining Mechanisms and Moderators of the Relationship Between Discriminatory Health Care Encounters and Attempted Suicide Among U.S. Transgender Help-Seekers
Romanelli, M., Lu, W. & Lindsey, M. A., 2018, In : Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. 45, 6, p. 831-849
Psychometric properties of the ces-d among black adolescents in public housing
Lu, W., Lindsey, M. A., Irsheid, S. & Nebbitt, V. E., Dec 1 2017, In : Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research. 8, 4, p. 595-619 25 p.
Mental Health and Educational Experiences Among Black Youth: A Latent Class Analysis
Rose, T., Lindsey, M. A., Xiao, Y., Finigan-Carr, N. M. & Joe, S., Nov 1 2017, In : Journal of Youth and Adolescence. 46, 11, p. 2321-2340 20 p.
Effects of mind–body interventions on depressive symptoms among older Chinese adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Bo, A., Mao, W. & Lindsey, M. A., May 1 2017, In : International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 32, 5, p. 509-521 13 p.
Boys do(n't) cry: Addressing the unmet mental health needs of African American boys
Lindsey, M. A., Brown, D. R. & Cunningham, M., 2017, In : American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. 87, 4, p. 377-383 7 p.
Mental health and educational experiences among Black youth: A latent profile analysis
Rose, T., Lindsey, M., Xiao, Y., Finigan-Carr, N. & Joe, S., 2017, In : Journal of Youth and Adolescence..
Psychometric properties of the center for epidemiological studies-depression Scale (CES-D) among Black adolescents
Lu, W., Lindsey, M., Irsheid, S. & Nebbitt, V., 2017, In : Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research..
Implementing a Modular Research-Supported Treatment in Child Welfare: Effects and Obstacles
Schuler, B. R., Lee, B. R., Kolivoski, K. M., Attman, N. P. & Lindsey, M. A., Oct 1 2016, In : Research on Social Work Practice. 26, 6, p. 693-703 11 p.
Barriers to mental health and treatment among urban adolescents and emerging adult males of color
Lindsey, M. A. & Watson, A., 2016. Strategies for deconstructing racism in the health and human services. New York: Oxford University Press
Correlates and Consequences of Father Nurturance in an African American College Sample
Doyle, O., Pecukonis, E. V. & Lindsey, M. A., Jun 4 2015, In : Journal of Family Issues. 36, 7, p. 880-901 22 p.
The Common Elements of Engagement in Children's Mental Health Services: Which Elements for Which Outcomes?
Becker, K. D., Lee, B. R., Daleiden, E. L., Lindsey, M., Brandt, N. E. & Chorpita, B. F., Jan 2 2015, In : Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. 44, 1, p. 30-43 14 p.
Implications to practice and service use among African American youth living in public housing
Rose, T., Lindsey, M. A. & Nebbitt, V.E., 2015. Adolescents in public housing: addressing psychological and behavioral health. New York: Columbia University Press
Race-Related Differences in the Experiences of Family Members of Persons with Mental Illness Participating in the NAMI Family to Family Education Program
Smith, M. E., Lindsey, M. A., Williams, C. D., Medoff, D. R., Lucksted, A., Fang, L. J., Schiffman, J., Lewis-Fernández, R. & Dixon, L. B., Oct 30 2014, In : American journal of community psychology. 54, 3-4, p. 316-327 12 p.
Identifying the Common Elements of Treatment Engagement Interventions in Children's Mental Health Services
Lindsey, M. A., Brandt, N. E., Becker, K. D., Lee, B. R., Barth, R. P., Daleiden, E. L. & Chorpita, B. F., Sep 2014, In : Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review. 17, 3, p. 283-298 16 p.
Program and practice elements for placement prevention: A review of interventions and their effectiveness in promoting home-based care
Lee, B. R., Ebesutani, C., Kolivoski, K. M., Becker, K. D., Lindsey, M. A., Brandt, N. E., Cammack, N., Strieder, F. H., Chorpita, B. F. & Barth, R. P., May 2014, In : American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. 84, 3, p. 244-256 13 p.
Translating the Common Elements Approach: Social Work's Experiences in Education, Practice, and Research
Barth, R. P., Kolivoski, K. M., Lindsey, M. A., Lee, B. R. & Collins, K. S., Mar 2014, In : Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. 43, 2, p. 301-311 11 p.
Mental health service use among high school students exposed to interpersonal violence
Green, J. G., Johnson, R. M., Dunn, E. C., Lindsey, M., Xuan, Z. & Zaslavsky, A. M., Feb 2014, In : Journal of School Health. 84, 2, p. 141-149 9 p.
Preservice training for school mental health clincians
Lever, N., Lindsey, M. A., Grimm, L. & Weist, M.D., 2014. Handbook of School Mental Health: Research, Training, Practice and Policy. Weist, M. D. & et al., (eds.).New York, N.Y.: Springer Publishing Company
Predictors of Engagement in a School-Based Family Preventive Intervention for Youth Experiencing Behavioral Difficulties
Ellis, M. L., Lindsey, M. A., Barker, E. D., Boxmeyer, C. L. & Lochman, J. E., Oct 2013, In : Prevention Science. 14, 5, p. 457-467 11 p.
Understanding the Behavioral Determinants of Mental Health Service Use by Urban, Under-Resourced Black Youth: Adolescent and Caregiver Perspectives
Lindsey, M. A., Chambers, K., Pohle, C., Beall, P. & Lucksted, A., Jan 2013, In : Journal of Child and Family Studies. 22, 1, p. 107-121 15 p.
“We’re Going Through a Lot of Struggles That People Don’t Even Know About”: The Need to Understand African American Males’ Help-Seeking for Mental Health on Multiple Levels
Lindsey, M. A. & Marcell, A. V., Sep 2012, In : American Journal of Men's Health. 6, 5, p. 354-364 11 p.
Corrigendum to "Parent-adolescent concordance on perceived need for mental health services and its impact on service use" [Child. Youth Serv. Rev. 33 (2011) 2253-2260]
Williams, C. D., Lindsey, M. & Joe, S., Jul 2012, In : Children and Youth Services Review. 34, 7, p. 1397 1 p.
Influence of caregiver network support and caregiver psychopathology on child mental health need and service use in the LONGSCAN study
Lindsey, M. A., Gilreath, T. D., Thompson, R., Graham, J. C., Hawley, K. M., Weisbart, C., Browne, D. & Kotch, J. B., May 2012, In : Children and Youth Services Review. 34, 5, p. 924-932 9 p.
Evidence-based practice at a crossroads: The timely emergence of common elements and common factors
Barth, R. P., Lee, B. R., Lindsey, M. A., Collins, K. S., Strieder, F., Chorpita, B. F., Becker, K. D. & Sparks, J. A., Jan 2012, In : Research on Social Work Practice. 22, 1, p. 108-119 12 p.
Parent-adolescent concordance on perceived need for mental health services and its impact on service use
Williams, C. D., Lindsey, M. & Joe, S., Nov 2011, In : Children and Youth Services Review. 33, 11, p. 2253-2260 8 p.
Perceived stigma and depression among black adolescents in outpatient treatment
Rose, T., Joe, S. & Lindsey, M., Jan 2011, In : Children and Youth Services Review. 33, 1, p. 161-166 6 p.
Social network influences on service use among urban, African American youth with mental health problems
Lindsey, M. A., Barksdale, C. L., Lambert, S. F. & Ialongo, N. S., Oct 2010, In : Journal of Adolescent Health. 47, 4, p. 367-373 7 p.
What Are Depressed African American Adolescent Males Saying About Mental Health Services and Providers?
Lindsey, M. A., Jun 10 2010. Social Work with African American Males: Health, Mental Health, and Social Policy. Oxford University Press
Social and clinical factors associated with psychiatric emergency service use and civil commitment among African-American youth
Lindsey, M. A., Joe, S., Muroff, J. & Ford, B. E., May 2010, In : General Hospital Psychiatry. 32, 3, p. 300-309 10 p.
North carolina family assessment scale: Measurement properties for youth mental health services
Lee, B. R. & Lindsey, M. A., Mar 2010, In : Research on Social Work Practice. 20, 2, p. 202-211 10 p.
African American youth
Lindsey, M. A. & Nebbitt, V., 2010. Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural School Psychology. Clauss-Ehlers, C. (ed.).New York, N.Y.: Springer Publishing Company
Family matters: The role of mental health stigma and social support on depressive symptoms and subsequent help seeking among african american boys
Lindsey, M. A., Joe, S. & Nebbitt, V., 2010, In : Journal of Black Psychology. 36, 4, p. 458-482 25 p.
Gender differences in behavioral outcomes among children at risk of neglect: Findings from a family-focused prevention intervention
Lindsey, M. A., Hayward, R. A. & DePanfilis, D., 2010, In : Research on Social Work Practice. 20, 6, p. 572-581 10 p.
An in-home intervention program for children with mental health needs
Lindsey, M. A., Lee, B. R. & Sullivan, F. A., Feb 2009, In : Psychiatric Services. 60, 2, p. 266-267 2 p.
Treatment Manual: <i>The Making Connections Intervention (MCI) Manual: Improving Treatment Acceptability among Adolescents in Mental Health Services.</i> Baltimore: University of Maryland
Lindsey, M., Bowery, E., Smith, K. & Stiegler, K., 2009.
Treatment Manual: <i>In-</i><i>Home Intervention Program for Children (IHIP-C) Manual. </i>Baltimore: University of Maryland
Lindsey, M., Lee, B.R., Sander, R.L., Sullivan, F.A., Park, J. & Morris-Compton, D., 2009.
Caregiver mental health, neighborhood, and social network influences on mental health needs among African American Children
Lindsey, M. A., Browne, D. C., Thompson, R., Hawley, K. M., Graham, J. C., Weisbart, C., Harrington, D. & Kotch, J. B., Jun 2008, In : Social Work Research. 32, 2, p. 79-88 10 p.
Personal resources and homelessness in early life: Predictors of depression in consumers of homeless multiService centers
DeForge, B. R., Belcher, J. R., O'Rourke, M. & Lindsey, M. A., Mar 2008, In : Journal of Loss and Trauma. 13, 2-3, p. 222-242 21 p.
Perceived parental behavior and peer affiliations among urban African American adolescents
Nebbitt, V. E., Lombe, M. & Lindsey, M. A., Sep 2007, In : Social Work Research. 31, 3, p. 163-169 7 p.
Schools' provision of information regarding mental health and associated services to culturally diverse families
Serpell, Z., Clauss-Ehlers, C. & Lindsey, M. A., 2007. Advances in School-Based Mental Health Interventions. Evans, S. W., Weist, M. & Serpell, Z. (eds.).Kingston, NJ.: Civic Research Institute, Inc.
The influence of family environment on mental health need and service use among vulnerable children
Thompson, R., Lindsey, M. A., English, D. J., Hawley, K. M., Lambert, S. & Browne, D. C., 2007, In : Child welfare. 86, 5, p. 57-74 18 p.
Help-seeking behaviors and depression among African American adolescent boys
Lindsey, M. A., Korr, W. S., Broitman, M., Bone, L., Green, A. & Leaf, P. J., Jan 2006, In : Social Work. 51, 1, p. 49-58 10 p.
Building capacity in school mental health
Weist, M.D., Lindsey, M., Moore, E. & Slade, E., 2006, In : International Journal of Mental Health Promotion. 8, 3, p. 30-36