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Christina Kang-Yi, PhD
Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Kang-Yi’s research aims to improve health care delivery and outcomes for individuals with psychiatric disorders and their families. She has a decade of experience in evaluating effectiveness of publicly funded programs involving youth and families. Since 2008, she has been the primary investigator of the Evaluation Center, a public-academic partnership between the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health, Community Behavioral Health and the University of Pennsylvania Center for Mental Health, leading major mental health program evaluations. Dr. Kang-Yi’s research has covered diverse populations including children, transition-age youth, pregnant women, and people entering jail and contributed to: (1) improving health care delivery and outcomes for individuals with psychiatric disorders, (2) improving cultural adaptation of psychiatric interventions and (3) developing evidence to inform decisions about effectiveness. She is currently the principal investigator for studies including “Addressing Gender Difference within and across Race/Ethnicity to Effectively Promote Psychiatric Treatment Engagement of Youth” funded through the Penn PROMOTES Research on Sex and Gender and “Optimizing the Impact of Public-Academic Partnerships in Fostering Policymakers’ Use of Research Evidence” funded through the William T. Grant Foundation Officer’s Grant. Dr. Kang-Yi received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice and Ph.D. from the Columbia University School of Social Work. She did her postdoctoral fellowship at the Penn Center for Mental Health.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Optimizing the Impact of Public-Academic Partnerships in Fostering Policymakers’ Use of Research Evidence

The proposed project aims to develop a conceptual framework to understand dynamic and complex public-academic partnerships (PAPs) and reveal contexts and mechanisms to occur for each PAP life cycle stage to optimize PAP leaders’ use of research evidence in improving youth mental health and well-being. Recruiting PAPs across the U.S. that aim to improve mental health and/or promote well-being of youth aged 12-25 years, we will conduct document analysis and an online survey of PAPs to inform policymakers and academic researchers regarding the contexts and mechanisms to increase ultimate PAP sustainability and promote policymakers’ use of research evidence in improving youth outcomes.

Role: Principal Investigator
Funder: William T. Grant Foundation
Mechanism: Officer’s Grant

Addressing Gender Difference within and across Race/Ethnicity to Effectively Promote Psychiatric Treatment Engagement of Youth

This study proposes to examine psychiatric treatment engagement among youths with psychiatric disorders by gender within and across race/ethnicity to identify effective strategies in designing youth treatment engagement intervention that can be effectively accompanied with all types of psychiatric treatment in practice beyond specifically targeted therapy.

Role: Principle Investigator
Funder: Penn PROMOTES Research on Sex and Gender in Health

School-Based Mental Health Program Evaluation

This program evaluation aims to identify impact of mental health services provided in Philadelphia schools to improve youth mental health and school outcomes. The findings will support policymakers in making data-driven decisionmaking to improve mental health service delivery.

Role: Principle Investigator
Funder: Community Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health Care for People Entering Jail

This project conducts outcomes evaluation of the Philadelphia Alternative to Forensic State Hospitalization model partnering with the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services to measure the impact of behavioral health treatment on jail reentry and psychiatric hospitalization.

Role: Principle Investigator
Funder: Community Behavioral Health