Maria Monroe-DeVita, Ph.D.
Dr. Monroe-DeVita’s expertise is in implementation and services research related to evidence-based practices for adults with serious mental illness, particularly the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) model. She has served as the Principal Investigator on several 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 Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) and Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) pilots across the state. She is also in the process of developing and testing novel approaches to better serving people with serious mental illness. She received a collaborative R34 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to develop and pilot-test the integration of IMR within ACT teams and is working to better define and implement integrated primary care services within ACT. She is also the lead author of the new ACT fidelity tool – the Tool for Measurement of Assertive Community Treatment (TMACT) – which has been disseminated and pilot-tested in several U.S. states and countries (see Monroe-DeVita, Teague, & Moser, 2011). 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.
Dr. Monroe-DeVita received her undergraduate degree from Boston University, graduating with Distinction in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, and Phi Beta Kappa. She worked as a community mental health provider in Colorado, before pursuing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Certificate in Program Evaluation and Public Policy Analysis from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL). While at UNL, she received clinical and research training in psychiatric rehabilitation approaches and worked within the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services on implementation and evaluation of their ACT teams, as well as several key statewide mental health policy projects (e.g., integrated health, Medicaid managed care performance measurement). She completed her Residency in Clinical Psychology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2001 and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Administration and Evaluation Psychology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 2002.
Evidence-based and promising approaches to better serving people with serious mental illness, assertive community treatment (ACT), illness management and recovery (IMR), integrated primary care, fidelity assessment, implementation science, mental health provider burnout prevention.
- Washington State New Journeys Early Intervention for First Episode Psychosis (FEP), DSHS
- Washington State Common Elements Treatment Approach (CETA) Learning Collaborative Evaluation, DSHS
- Washington State Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp)
- Integration of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)-Illness Management and Recovery, NIH
- Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT), DSHS
- Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT), DSHS
- Illness Management and Recovery (IMR), DSHS
- A comparison of assertive community treatment fidelity and person-centered medical home standards
- ACT and recovery: What we know about their compatibility.
- Breathe: A pilot study of burnout reduction in mental health professionals.
- Burnout and mental health services: A selected review.
- Development and evaluation of a fidelity instrument for PEARLS. Research Issue on Evidence-based Programming for Older adults.
- Established and emerging elements of the TMACT: Measuring fidelity to an evolving model.
- Evaluating integrated treatment within assertive community treatment programs: A new measure.
- Evaluating your dialectical behavior therapy program.
- Fidelity to recovery-oriented ACT practices and consumer outcomes.
- Program fidelity and beyond: Multiple strategies and criteria for ensuring quality in ACT.
- The state hospital and the community: An essential continuum for persons with severe and persistent mental illness.
- The TMACT: A new tool for measuring fidelity to assertive community treatment.
- The tool for measurement of assertive community treatment (TMACT).