Maya Boustani, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Contact Information

Email mboustani@llu.edu
Phone 909-558-7680
Fax 909-558-0171

Twitter @MayaBoustani
Facebook @dr.boustani

Department of Psychology
Loma Linda University, Central Building, Suite 119
11130 Anderson St., Loma Linda, CA 92350

The Community-Academic Research Endeavor (CARE) Lab

Degrees

  • PhD, Psychology (Child and Adolescent Clinical Science) - Florida International University, 2016
  • MS, Psychology (Child and Adolescent Clinical Science) - Florida International University, 2014
  • MS, Psychology (Experimental) - Villanova University of Pennsylvania, 2006

Areas of Specialization

  • Child and adolescent evidence-based treatments
  • Mental health prevention and promotion
  • Community-based research
  • Dissemination and implementation research

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
    • ABCT Special Interest Group: Dissemination and Implementation Science
  • Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC)
  • Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (APA Division 53)

Recent Publications and Presentations

Publications

  • Boustani, M. M., Polceanu, M., Lunn, S. & Lisetti, C. (2021). Development, feasibility, acceptability, and utility of an expressive speech-enables digital health agent to deliver online brief motivational interviewing for alcohol misuse. Journal of Medical Internet Research.
  • Boustani, M. M., Daleiden, E., Bernstein, A., Michelson, D., Gellatly, R., Malik, K., Patel, V., & Chorpita, B. (2020). Using Relevance Mapping Methodology to Design an Adolescent Mental Health Intervention in India. Global Health Action. https://doi.org/10.1080/16549716.2020.1775062.
  • Boustani, M. M., Frazier, S. L., Chu, W., Lesperance, N., Becker, K., Helseth, S., Hedemann, E. R., Ogle, R. R., & Chorpita, B. F. (2020). Common elements of universal childhood prevention programming. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. 47(3), 475-486. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10488-019-00994-3.
  • Schueller, S. & Boustani, M. M. (2020) Applications of Translation and Implementation Science: An Introduction to a Special Issue. Journal of Community Psychology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22340.
  • Park, A. L., Boustani, M. M., Saifan, D, Gellatly, R., … & Chorpita, B. F. (2019). Community mental health professionals’ perceptions about engaging underserved populations. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 47, 366-379. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10488-019-00994-3.
  • Park, A. L., Becker, K. D., Boustani, M. M., & Chorpita, B. F. (2019). Decision-making in mental health care: Measuring provider and supervisor use of evidence. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Researchhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s10488-019-00989-0.
  • Rith-Najarian, L., Boustani, M. M., & Chorpita (2019). A systematic review of prevention programs targeting depression, anxiety, and stress in university students. Journal of Affective Disordershttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2019.06.035.
  • Becker, K., Park, A., Boustani, M. M., & Chorpita, B. F. (2019). A pilot study to examine the feasibility and acceptability of a coordinated intervention design to address treatment engagement challenges in school mental health services. Journal of School Psychologyhttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsp.2019.07.013.
  • Michelson, D., Malik, K., Krishna, M., Sharma, R., Mathur, S., Bhat, B., Parikh, R., Roy, K., Joshi, A., Sahu, R., Chilhate, B., Boustani, M., Cuijpers, P., Chorpita, B., Fairburn, C., & Patel, V., (2020). Development of a transdiagnostic, low-intensity, psychological intervention for common adolescent mental health problems in Indian secondary schools. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 130, 103439-. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2019.103439.
  • Guan, K., Boustani, M.M., & Chorpita, B.F. (2019). “Teaching moments” in psychotherapy: Addressing emergent life events using strategies from a modular evidence-based treatment. Behavior Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2018.03.014.
  • Becker, K. D., Boustani, M. M., Gellatly, R. & Chorpita, B. F. (2018). Forty years of Engagement Research in Children’s Mental Health Services: Multidimensional Measurement and Practice Elements. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/15374416.2017.1326121.
  • Henderson, C. E., Boustani, M. M., & Magyar, M. (2017). Families and the juvenile justice system. APA Handbook of Contemporary Family Psychology.
  • Boustani, M. M.Gellatly, R., Westman, J., Chorpita, B. (2017). Advances in Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Design: Time for a Glossary. The Behavior Therapist. 40(6), 199-208.
  • Boustani, M. M., Frazier, S. L., & Lesperance N. (2017) Sexual health prevention programming for youth in or at-risk for foster care: Improving knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. Child and Youth Services Review. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.01.013.
  • Boustani, M. M. & Henderson, C. E. (2016). Conduct Disorders: Social Factors. In A. E. Wenzel (Ed) Sage Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. New York: Sage Publications.
  • Boustani, M. M., Henderson, C. E., & Liddle, H. A. (2016). Family-based treatments for adolescent substance abuse: How scientific advances yield new developmental challenges. In A. A. Brown & R. A. Zucker (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Adolescent Substance Abuse. http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199735662.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780199735662-e-032.
  • Maríñez-Lora, A. M., Boustani, M. M., Del Busto, C., & Leone, C. (2016). A framework for translating an evidence-based intervention from English to Spanish. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 38(1), 117-133doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0739986315612769.

Presentations

  • Gellatly, R., Boustani, M.M., Malik, K., Michelson, D., Becker, K., Mahajan, R., Jambhale, A., Sahu, R., Nair, P., Patel, V., &  Chorpita, B.F. (2021).  Adolescent engagement in a transdiagnostic mental health treatment delivered in Indian schools. In L. Sarfan (Chair) and A.G. Harvey (Discussant), Expanding the Evidence Base: Transdiagnostic Treatments Across the Lifespan. Symposium accepted for presentation at the 55th Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), New Orleans, L.A.
  • Park, A., Barnett, M., Boustani, M., Lakind, D., Okamura, K. & Wright, B. (2021). Stepping out on your own and into the community: Launching a community-engaged research program. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention. New Orleans, LA, USA. 
  • Chou, T., Zhao, X., Anderson, R., Boustani, M., Chou, T., Morrow, A., & Youngstrom, E. Now Streaming: Disseminating CBT through Public-Facing Platforms. (2021). Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention. New Orleans, LA, USA. 
  • Boustani, M. & Lisetti, C. (2021). In A. Sanchez (Chair) and T. Creed (Discussant). Acceptability and feasibility of using an online digital health agent to deliver MI to treat alcohol abuse: Consumer Perspectives. Symposium accepted at the 55th Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), New Orleans, LA. 
  • Boustani, M. M., Marin, D., Bashoura, D., & Blank, C. (2021). In C. Klein (Chair) and T. Mehta (Discussant). Helping those who help others: A qualitative analysis of Community Health Workers’ Training and Supervision Needs. Symposium accepted at the 55th Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), New Orleans, LA. 
  • Lisetti, C. & Boustani (2021). Modeling Rapport for Conversations about Health with Autonomous Avatars from Video Corpus of Clinician-Client Therapy Sessions. Digital Human Modeling and Applications in Health, Safety, Ergonomics and Risk Management. Human Body, Motion and Behavior.
  • Hazari, J., Hodgins, J., Marin, D., Lisetti, C., Boustani, M. (2021). Acceptability of a digital health agent that uses motivational interviewing to treat alcohol abuse: Comparing provider responses to consumer responses. Paper accepted at the 2021 Western Psychological Association Convention (WPA), online.
  • Marin, D. G., Bashoura, D., Jutzy, H., & Boustani, M. (2021). Impact of COVID-19 on Community Health Workers: Semi-Structured Interviews. Paper accepted at the 2021 Western Psychological Association Convention (WPA), online. 
  • Mazzone, E., Antommarchi, C., Bagnara, G., Jutzy, H., & Boustani, M. M. (2021). School-Based Opportunities for Adolescent Recovery (SOARing): The Acceptability and Feasibility of a DBT Skills Pilot Program for At-Risk Adolescents. Paper accepted at the 2021 Western Psychological Association Convention (WPA), online. 
  • Antommarchi, C., Greenberg, S., Bagnara, G., Jutzy, H., Vogel, K., Banayan, T., Mazzone, E. & Boustani, M. M. (2021). School-Based Opportunities for Adolescent Recovery (SOARing): Preliminary feasibility of a universal DBT-based skills program for at-risk adolescents residing in an underserved community. Paper presentation accepted at the 2021 Western Psychological Association Virtual Convention.
  • Boustani, M., Bashoura, D., & Marin, D., & (2020). In B. Maddox (Chair) and K. Hoagwood (Discussant). Helping those who help others: Building a system to empower community health workers who provide services to vulnerable families. Symposium accepted at the 54th Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Philadelphia, PA.
  • Boustani, M. M., Mazzone, E., Bagnara, G., Vogel, K., Banayan, T., Jutzy, H., Antommarchi, C. (2020). In M. M. Boustani (Chair) and S. Evans (Discussant). Development and preliminary effectiveness of a Dialectical-Behavior Therapy skills tier 2 program delivered in a school-based setting. Symposium accepted at the 54th Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Philadelphia, PA.
  • Bashoura, D., Marin, D., & Boustani, M. (2020). A Needs Assessment of Community Health Workers who work with Underserved Children and Families in the United States. Poster accepted at the 54th Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Philadelphia, PA.
  • Hazari, J., Boustani, M., & Lisetti, C. Acceptability of a digital health agent that uses motivational interviewing to treat alcohol abuse: Comparing provider responses to consumer responses. Poster submitted to 2020 American Public Health Association (APHA) conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Hazari, J., Boustani, M., Vogel, K., Bachar, S., Lunn, S. & Lisetti, C., (2020). Clinical Utility of a Digital Health Agent to Deliver Motivational Interviewing to Treat Alcohol Abuse. Poster accepted at 2020 American Psychological Association (APA) conference, Washington, DC.
  • Jutzy, H., & Boustani, M. M. (2020). Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptomatology and peer relationships: A path analysis. Paper accepted at 100th Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Bagnara, G., Boustani, M., Vogel, K., Bachar, S., Reibling, E., Hernandez, B. (2020). Who is Seeking Shelter: Staff Descriptions of Intimate Partner Violence Shelter Characteristics and Services Provided. Poster accepted at the Western Psychological Association Conference, May, San Francisco, CA.
  • Bagnara, G., Boustani, M., Vogel, K., Bachar, S., Reibling, E., & Hernandez, B. (2020). Shelter Staff Perceptions of Domestic Violence in Higher Socioeconomic Status Populations. Poster accepted at 2020 American Psychological Association (APA) conference, Washington, DC.
  • Vogel, K., White, M., Watts, V., Banayan, T., & Boustani, M. M. (2020) A needs assessment of low-income students attending an alternative high school: Qualitative Findings. Poster presented at 2020 Miami International Child and Adolescent Mental Health (MICAMH) Conference, Miami, FL.
  • Boustani, M. M., Lunn, S., Polceanu, M., Lisetti, C. (2019). In A. L. Park (Chair) and S. Huey (Discussant). Increasing consumer engagement with computer-delivered behavioral interventions: Incorporating verbal reflections and non-verbal gestures to a digital health agent. Symposium presented at the 53rd Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Atlanta, GA.
  • Boustani, M. M., Hazari, J., Lunn, S., Polceanu, M., Lisetti, C. (2019). In. J. Schreidar (Chair) and Schueller, S. (Discussant). Acceptability, feasibility, and usefulness of using a digital health agent to deliver MI to treat alcohol abuse: Clinician perspectives. Symposium presented at the 53rd Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Atlanta, GA.
  • Park, A. L., Boustani, M. M., Saifan, D., Gellatly, R., Gamarra, J., Letamendi, A., Stanick, C., Regan J., Perez, G., Manners, D., Reding, M. E. J., & Chorpita, B. F. (2019). Providers' perceived barriers to engaging traditionally underserved populations in mental health services. In A. L. Park (Chair) and S. Huey (Discussant), Extending the reach of cognitive behavioral science through understanding barriers to service use for traditionally underserved populations. Symposium presented at the 53rd Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Atlanta, GA.
  • Park, A. L., Boustani, M. M., Saifan, D., Gellatly, R., Gamarra, J., Letamendi, A., Stanick, C., Regan J., Perez, G., Manners, D., Reding, M. E. J., & Chorpita, B. F. (2019). Providers' recommendations of strategies for engaging traditionally underserved populations in community mental health services. In D. Lakind & A. L. Park (Chairs) and K. D. Becker (Discussant), Maximizing the public health impact of cognitive behavioral science through improving consumer engagement. Symposium presented at the 53rd Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Atlanta, GA.  
  • Guan, K., Boustani, M.M., & Chorpita, B.F. (2019, November). Harnessing existing cognitive-behavioral treatment strategies to address client emergent life events. In D. Lakind and A.L. Park (Chairs), Maximizing the public health impact of cognitive behavioral science through improving consumer engagement. Symposium presented at the 53rd Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Atlanta, GA.
  • Boustani, M. M., Frazier, S., Becker, K., & Chorpita, B. (2017, December). Identifying the Common Elements of Youth Prevention Programming to Maximize Reach. Poster presented at the 10th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation, Arlington, VA.
  • Boustani, M.M., Michelson, D., Parikh, R., Singh, A., Gellatly, R., Chorpita, B., Fairburn, C., & Patel, V. (2017, December). Development of a Transdiagnostic CBT Intervention for Common Adolescent Mental Health Difficulties in Indian Schools: Design Principles and Formative Evaluation of PRIDE. Poster presented at the 10th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation, Arlington, VA.
  • Boustani, M. M.,Park, A., Becker, K., & Chorpita, B. (2017, December). Coding for the Use of Evidence in Clinical Decision-Making. Poster presented at the 10th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation, Arlington, VA.
  • Boustani, M. M., Guan, K., & Chorpita, B. (2017, December). In-Session “Surprises”: Using the Manual to Address Emergent Life Events in Therapy. Poster presented at the 10th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation, Arlington, VA.
  • Boustani, M. M., Michelson, D., Parikh, R., Singh, A., Gellatly, R., Chorpita, B., Fairburn, C., & Patel, V. (2017, September). Adapting early implementation efforts to local contexts: Development of a transdiagnostic intervention for common adolescent mental health difficulties in Indian schools. Symposium entitled: "There is no Implementation without Adaptation: Tailoring strategies to context". Paper presented at the biennial convention of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration. (Chair: Shannon Witsey Stirman). Seattle, WA.

Community Engagement

  • Volunteer Independent Consultant, Premium for Adolescents in India research project (2016-present)
  • Social Media Officer, Dissemination and Implementation - Special Interest Group (DIS-SIG), ABCT (2018-present)
  • Awards Committee Member, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Awards Committee (2017-present)
  • Super Reviewer, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (2016-present)
  • Mentor, Dissemination and Implementation - Special Interest Group (DIS-SIG), ABCT (2016-present)
  • Mentor, Division 53 APA, Mentorship Program (2016-present)