The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has named Lisa Dixon, M.D., M.P.H. the recipient of its 2014 Scientific Research Award. Dr. Dixon is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center where she directs the Center for Practice Innovations at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.
Dr. Dixon is an internationally recognized health services researcher with over 20 years of continuous research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health and the VA. She currently supports VA HSR&D by serving as chair of both the Mental and Behavioral Health Merit Review Panel and the HSR&D Data Safety Monitoring Board. Dr. Dixon has also been previously funded by VA HSR&D to investigate the effectiveness of an innovative, structured, brief and manualized family engagement intervention for Veterans with serious mental illness.
In addition to her work with VA HSR&D, Dr. Dixon oversees activities for the New York State Office of Mental Health in implementing evidence-based practices in community mental health centers throughout the state. Further, she is the principal investigator on the NIMH Recovery After Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE)-Implementation and Evaluation Study, and is leading the innovative program, OnTrackNY, a statewide initiative designed to improve outcomes and reduce disability for the population of individuals experiencing their first episode of psychosis.
Dr. Dixon's grants have focused on improving the quality of care for individuals with serious mental disorders with a particular emphasis on services that include families, reducing the negative impact of co-occurring addictions and medical problems, and improving treatment engagement and adherence. In addition, Dr. Dixon is the current editor of a column in Psychiatric Services dedicated to Public-Academic partnerships. She has published more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and received the 2009 American Psychiatric Association Health Services Senior Scholar Award, as well as the Wayne Fenton Award for Exceptional Clinical Care.