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Kyaien O. Conner

Kyaien O. Conner

University of South Florida, USA


Conner is a licensed clinical social worker and Assistant Professor of Mental Health Law and Policy at the University of South Florida. Her research investigates the factors that influence disparities in mental health service utilization and treatment outcomes for African American elders with depression. Dr. Conner is currently the primary-investigator of a study funded by NIMH (K23 MH09051-01) entitled “Enhancing Mental Health Treatment Engagement among Older Adults with Depression”. This study tests a novel dual component intervention designed to reduce stigma, provide elders in recovery an opportunity to give back to their community by serving as lay health workers (i.e. Peer Educators) to engage acutely depressed elders into treatment. Her peer reviewed work can be seen in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Journal of Mental Health and Aging, Journal of Aging Studies, Journal of Health and Social Policy, and The Journal of Gerontological Social Work.


Abstract : Enhancing the care transitions intervention with peer support to reduce re-hospitalizations among older adults with co-morbid physical and mental illness