Michael A. Lindsey

Executive Director, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research and Constance and Martin Silver Professor of Poverty Studies

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.

A standing member of the National Advisory Council, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and a board member-at-large for the Society for Social Work and Research, Dr. Lindsey is also a member of the Ford Foundation Scholars Network on Masculinity and the Wellbeing of African American Males; the Emerging Scholars Interdisciplinary Network; and the Mental Health Education Integration Consortium. His published research has appeared in Pediatrics, Journal of Affective Disorders, American Journal of Men’s Health, Journal of Adolescent Health, Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, Journal of Black Psychology, General Hospital Psychiatry, Prevention Science, Psychiatric Services, and Social Work. Dr. Lindsey is also on the editorial board of the journals Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research and Children and Schools.

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.