Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Blazer is past president of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry and the American Geriatric Society, and past chair of the membership committee of the Institute of Medicine (IOM). He is currently the editor of Duke Medicine HealthNews and a member of the editorial board of the Archives of General Psychiatry. Dr. Blazer was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1995.

MARGARITA ALEGRÍA, Ph.D., is director of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research and a professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Alegría researches mental health services for Latinos and other ethnic populations. She is currently the principal investigator of the Advanced Center for Mental Health Disparities, and the Latino arm of the National Latino and Asian American Study, as well as the co–principal investigator of the CHA-UPR Excellence in Partnerships for Community Outreach, Research on Health Disparities and Training (EXPORT) Center. Her published works focus on mental health services research, conceptual and methodological issues with minority populations, risk behaviors, and disparities in service delivery. Dr. Alegría received her Ph.D. from Temple University and was elected to the IOM in 2011.

MARÍA P. ARANDA, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., is an associate professor at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work. She joined the faculty in 1995 and holds a joint appointment with the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. She chairs the Scientific Governing Board of the Edward J. Roybal Institute on Aging and the Older Adult Subconcentration, both at USC. Dr. Aranda’s research and teaching interests address the interplays among chronic medical conditions, psychiatric disorders, and sociocultural diversity among people from low-income, minority populations. Dr. Aranda has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on several key studies funded by and/or in collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health, National Cancer Institute, the John A. Hartford Foundation/Gerontological Society of America, National Institute of Rehabilitation and Research, Los Angeles Basin Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Alzheimer’s Association/Health Resources and Services Administration, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Larson Endowment for Innovative Research and Teaching, and AltaMed Health Services Corp. She has experience in the ethnographic study of adherence factors in clinical trials as well as clinical and epidemiological research examining the relationships among health, stress, psychosocial resources, and mental health and service use outcomes. Dr. Aranda has worked specifically on problem-solving therapy with elderly and middle-aged minorities and its efficacy as treatment for



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