Maria Monroe-Devita

Personal Statement

Dr. Monroe-DeVita’s expertise is in implementation and services research related to evidence-based practices (EBPs) for adults with serious mental illness, particularly the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) model. She is the lead author of the new ACT fidelity tool – the Tool for Measurement of Assertive Community Treatment (TMACT) – which has been widely disseminated nationally and in several other countries. She is also working to develop novel approaches to better addressing the needs of people with serious mental illness in the community. In 2010, she received a collaborative R34 from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to integrate another EBP, Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) within ACT. She is also working with a national team of clinicians, policymakers and researchers to develop better approaches to address the primary care needs of people with serious mental illness, including those served on ACT teams. Dr. Monroe-DeVita has served as the Principal Investigator (PI) on several statewide implementation projects with the Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, including the development, implementation, and fidelity assessment of 10 new ACT teams, and several IMR and Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) pilots across the state. She is also the PI of a statewide learning collaborative focused on implementation of cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis (CBTp) for clinicians and supervisors across Washington State. With an interest in implementation science, she also serves as a Co-Investigator of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC), an NIMH-funded grant focused on collaborative approaches to implementation research and the dissemination of those findings more broadly to those who implement and sustain EBPs.  More recently, she has begun to work collaboratively with a team of researchers to better address staff burnout prevention and the linkage to client outcomes.

Recent Publications

Community Mental Health Care Delivery During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Practical Strategies for Improving Care for People with Serious Mental Illness.
(2020 Jun 19)
Community Ment Health J
Kopelovich SL, Monroe-DeVita M, Buck BE, Brenner C, Moser L, Jarskog LF, Harker S, Chwastiak LA

Facilitating pathways to care: A qualitative study of the self-reported needs and coping skills of caregivers of young adults diagnosed with early psychosis.
(2020 Jan 12)
J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs
Cheng SC, Backonja U, Buck B, Monroe-DeVita M, Walsh E

Preliminary Evaluation of Washington State's Early Intervention Program for First-Episode Psychosis.
(2020 Mar 1)
Psychiatr Serv 71(3): 228-235
Oluwoye O, Reneau H, Stokes B, Daughtry R, Venuto E, Sunbury T, Hong G, Lucenko B, Stiles B, McPherson SM, Kopelovich S, Monroe-DeVita M, McDonell MG

Implementing illness management and recovery within assertive community treatment teams: A qualitative study.
(2020 Jun)
Psychiatr Rehabil J 43(2): 121-131
Morse G, Monroe-DeVita M, York MM, Peterson R, Miller J, Hughes M, Carpenter-Song E, Akiba C, McHugo GJ

A Call for Better Data to Guide ACT Policy and Programs.
(2019 Apr 1)
Psychiatr Serv 70(4): 261
Moser L, Monroe-DeVita M

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