Christine Walrath has more than more than 20 years of experience in public and behavioral health policy and program research and evaluation. Her deep experience includes full lifecycle policy and program evaluation of community-based programs, including context scans; design; implementation; instrument development; analysis of multimodal, multilevel, and multisite approaches to policy, training, and intervention evaluation and data collection; and dissemination. As evidenced by over 50 peer reviewed publications and numerous scientific presentations, Dr. Walrath has in depth expertise in investigating the impact of children’s mental health services reform, suicide prevention and mental health promotion community-based interventions. Much of her work to date has involved large-scale data collection from high-risk populations about sensitive behavioral and physical health topics, including mental illness, suicidality, substance abuse, abuse and neglect, sexual and reproductive health, and criminality. As specific examples, she has applied her training and expertise to the community-based evaluations of large-scale Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-funded behavioral health initiatives such as:
- Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Program
- Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program (CMHI)
- Native Connections Program
- National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI)
Dr. Walrath is dually trained in community psychology and public mental health, and began her career at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she currently holds an adjunct faculty position.