Hot off the press: Systematic review of task-shifting family therapy interventions by Elsa Friis Healy

Elsa Friis Healy recently first-authored a systematic review in a special issue of the journal Family, Systems, & Health. The special issue focused on Global Mental Health, and Elsa’s contribution reviewed “Family-Based Youth Mental Health Interventions Delivered by Non-Specialist Providers in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.” She found that task-shifting interventions – which entails delivery of interventions by non-specialists – are lacking in the area of family therapy, with only 10 existing studies. However, the programs that do exist have been found to be acceptable and effective, and they fill an important gap in care provision. The systematic review was originally developed as part of Elsa’s Major Area Paper, a requirement of her doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. Co-authors on the paper include Puffer lab members Dr. Eve Puffer and Dr. Bonnie Kaiser.