Updated: 5/8/2018

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Cook B, Hou S, Lee-Tauler S, Progovac AM, Samson F, Sanchez MJ,  A Review of Mental Health and Mental Health Care Disparities Research: 2011-2014. Medical Care Research and Review, In Press. 

​Polo del Rio R, Esvideo C, Alvarez K, Falgas Bague I, Wang Y, Cook B, Alegria M, Co-occurrence of PTSD and CVD among ethnic/racial groups in the United States. Psychosomatic Medicine. In Press.


Chen, J., Bloodworth, R., Novak, P., Cook, B., Goldman, H., Rendall, M., Thomas, S. and Reynolds, C. (2018). Reducing Preventable Hospitalization and Disparity: Association With Local Health Department Mental Health Promotion Activities. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 54(1), pp.103-112.

Cook, B., Creedon, T., Wang, Y., Lu, C., Carson, N., Jules, P., Lee, E. and Alegría, M. (2018). Examining racial/ethnic differences in patterns of benzodiazepine prescription and misuse. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 187, pp.29-34.

Fortuna L, Cook B, Porche M, Wang Y, Amaris A, Alegria M. Sleep disturbance as a predictor of time to drug and alcohol use treatment in primary care. Sleep Med. 2018;42:31-37. doi:10.1016/j.sleep.2017.12.009

Hails, K., Madu, A., Kim, D., Hahm, H., Cook B, Chen, J., Chang, T., Yeung, A., Trinh, N. Exploring Asian American attitudes regarding mental health treatment in primary care: A qualitative study. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, 

Ng, B., Camacho, A., Parra, K., de la Espriella, R., Rico, V., Lozano, S., Troncoso, M., Castilla-Puentes, R., Cook, B. and Jimenez, D. (2018). Differences in BMI between Mexican and Colombian patients receiving antipsychotics: results from the International Study of Latinos on Antipsychotics (ISLA). Ethnicity & Health, pp.1-8.

Pesko, M., Bains, J., Maclean, J. and Cook, B. (2018). Nearly Half Of Small Employers Using Tobacco Surcharges Do Not Provide Tobacco Cessation Wellness Programs. Health Affairs, 37(3), pp.473-481.

Progovac AM, LeCook B, Mullin BO, McDowell A, Sanchez MJ, Wang Y, Creedon T, Schuster MA. Identifying Gender Minority Patients’ Health And Health Care Needs In Administrative Claims Data. Health Affairs 2018;37:413-20.

Saloner, B, Akosa Antwi Y, MacLean C, Cook B. Access to Health Insurance and Utilization of Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Evidence from the Affordable Care Act Dependent Coverage Provision, Health Economics, 2018.. 27:50-75. doi: 10.1002/hec.3482.

Sonik, Rajan A. & Teasdale, Sarah & Parish, Susan L. & Champigny, Maria & Sprinz, Philippa G., 2018. "Unmet legal and social advocacy needs of children with sickle cell disease: Implications for health care payer costs,"Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 84(C), pages 76-81.


Carson, N., Progovac, A., Wang, Y. and Cook, B. (2017). A decline in depression treatment following FDA antidepressant warnings largely explains racial/ethnic disparities in prescription fills. Depression and Anxiety, 34(12), pp.1147-1156.

Cook, B., Barrett, J., Hou, S., & Samson, F. (2017). Field Scan: The Intersection of the Criminal Justice, Education, and Mental Health Care Systems and Its Influence on Boys and Young Men of Color. 

Cook B, Carson NJ, Kafali EN, Valentine A, Rueda JD, Coe-Odess S, Busch S. Examining psychotropic medication use among youth in the U.S. by race/ethnicity and psychological impairment, General Hospital Psychiatry, 2017; 45:32-39. 

Cook B., Lincoln A., Chen J., Progovac A, Zuvekas S. Assessing the individual, neighborhood, and policy predictors of disparities in mental health care, Medical Care Research and Review, 2017; 74(4): 404-430.

Cook B., Li Z, Hou S, Progovac A, Trinh N-H. Trends in Racial-Ethnic Disparities in Access to Mental Health Care, 2004-2012. Psychiatric Services, 2017: 68(1):9-16.

Falgas I, Ramos Z, Herrera L, Qureshi A, Chavez L, Bonal C, McPeck S, Wang Y, Cook B, Alegría M. Barriers to and correlates of retention in behavioral health treatment among Latinos in two different host countries: U.S. and Spain, Journal of Public Health and Management, 2017; 23(1): e20-e27.

Guerrero E, Garner BR, Cook B, Kong Y. Does the implementation of evidence-based and culturally competent practices reduce disparities in addiction treatment outcomes? Addiction Behaviors. 2017; 73:119-123.

Guerrero E, Garner BR, Cook B, Kong Y, Vega WA, Gelberg L.  Identifying and reducing disparities in successful addiction treatment completion: testing the role of Medicaid payment acceptance. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy. 2017; 12(1): 27.

Kafali N, Progovac A, Hou SS, Lê Cook B. Long-Run Trends in Antidepressant Use Among Youths After the FDA Black Box Warning. Psychiatric Services. 2017 Dec 15.

Kim G., Dautovich N., Ford, KL., Jimenez D, Cook, B, Allman R., Parmelee P. Geographic variation in mental health care disparities among racially/ethnically diverse adults with psychiatric disorders. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2017; 52(8):939-948.

Lu C, Cook B, Desmond C. Does foreign aid crowd out government investments? Evidence from rural health centres in Rwanda. BMJ Global Health. 2017; 2(3): e000364.

Progovac, A.M., Chang, Y.F., Chang, C.C.H., Matthews, K.A., Donohue, J.M., Scheier, M.F., Habermann, E.B., Kuller, L.H., Goveas, J.S., Chapman, B.P. and Duberstein, P.R., 2017. Are Optimism and Cynical Hostility Associated with Smoking Cessation in Older Women?. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, pp.1-11.

Sonik RA. (2016). Massachusetts inpatient Medicaid cost response to increased supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits. American Journal of Public Health, 106(3):443-448.

Tepper, M., Cohen, A., Progovac, A., Ault-Brutus, A., Leff, H., Mullin, B., Cunningham, C. and Cook, B. (2017). Mind the Gap: Developing an Integrated Behavioral Health Home to Address Health Disparities in Serious Mental Illness. Psychiatric Services, 68(12), pp.1217-1224.

Weaver, K.E., Snively, B.M., Hogan, P., Josephs, K., Johnson, K.C., Coday, M., Progovac, A.M., Cirillo, D.J., Ockene, J.K. and Tindle, H.A., 2017. Predictors of Continued Smoking and Interest in Cessation Among Older Female Smokers. Journal of Aging and Health, p.0898264316687622.


Benjamin L. Cook, Ana M. Progovac, Pei Chen, Brian Mullin, Sherry Hou, and Enrique Baca-Garcia, “Novel Use of Natural Language Processing (NLP) to Predict Suicidal Ideation and Psychiatric Symptoms in a Text-Based Mental Health Intervention in Madrid,” Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine, vol. 2016, Article ID 8708434, 8 pages, 2016. doi:10.1155/2016/8708434

Carson NJ, Katz AM, Alegria M. How patients and clinicians make meaning of physical suffering in mental health evaluations. Transcultural Psychiatry October 2016 53:595-611, 

​Christensen, A.L., Brown, J.D., Wissow, L.S., Cook B. Spillover of ratings of patient- and family-centered care: an example for physicians and medical assistants in a Federally Qualified Health Center, Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, 2016. 39(4): 289-342.

Cook B., Lincoln A., Chen J., Progovac A, Zuvekas S, Assessing the Individual, Neighborhood, and Policy Predictors of Disparities in Mental Health Care, Medical Care Research and Review, 2016

Cook B., Kim G., Lock Morgan K. Chen C-N, Nillni A., Alegría M. Measuring Geographic “Hot Spots” of Racial/Ethnic Disparities: An Application to Mental Health Care, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 2016.: 27(2):663-84

Cook BL, Trinh N-H, Li Z, Hou SS-Y, Progovac AM. “Trends in Racial-Ethnic Disparities in Access to Mental Health Care, 2004-2012.” Psychiatric Services (2016): appi.ps.201500453.ps.psychiatryonline.org(Atypon). Web

Creedon, T. B., and B. L. Cook. “Access To Mental Health Care Increased But Not For Substance Use, While Disparities Remain.” Health Affairs 35.6 (2016): 1017–1021. CrossRef. Web.

Fortuna L., Ramos Z., Cook B., Alvarez K., Mozo X., Wang Y. Mental health, migration stressors and suicidal ideation among Latino immigrants in Spain and the United States. European Psychiatry. 2016; 36:15-22.

Gonçalves M, Cook B. Life training for aging and migration, "International Journal of Clinical Neurosciences and Mental Health," 2016; 3:7-13. 

Guerrero, GE, Aarons G, Grella C, Garner B, Cook B, Vega, W. A. Program capacity to eliminate outcome disparities in addiction health services. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 2016: 43(1):23-35

Hahm, H, Lee, J, Chiao, C, Valentine, A,  Cook B. Use of mental health care and unmet needs for health care among lesbian and bisexual Chinese-, Korean-, and Vietnamese-American women. Psychiatric Services, 2016; 67(12): 1380-1383.

Jimenez D, Schmidt A, Kim, Giyeon, Cook, Benjamin L. “Impact of Comorbid Mental Health Needs on Racial/ethnic Disparities in General Medical Care Utilization among Older Adults.” International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (2016): n/a–n/a. Wiley Online Library. Web.


Allen M., Cook B, Carson N, LaRoche M, Interian A, Alegría M,  Patient-Provider Therapeutic Alliance Contributes to Patient Activation in Community Mental Health Clinics, Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 2015. 1-10. 

Cook B., Liu, Z., Lessios, A., Loder, S., McGuire, T. The Costs and Benefits of Reducing Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health Care. Psychiatric Services, 2015; 66(4):389-396.

Carmona Camacho, R., Cook, B., Baca-Garcia, E., Chavez, L., Collazos, F., Iza, M. and Alegria, M. (2015). Comparison of Mental Health Treatment Expenditures in Usual Psychiatric Care Between Madrid and Boston Hospital Systems. European Psychiatry, 30, p.1026.

Gonçalves M, Moleiro C, Cook B. The Use of a Video to Reduce Mental Health Stigma among Adolescents, Adolescent Psychiatry, 2015.

Hahm HC., Cook B., Ault-Brutus A., Alegria M., Intersection of Race-Ethnicity and Gender in Depression Care: Screening, Access, and Minimally Adequate Treatment. Psychiatric Services, 2015: 66(3) 258–264.

Jimenez D., Cook B., Kim G., Reynolds CF, Alegria M., Coe-Odess S., Bartels SJ., Relationship Between General Illness and Mental Health Service Use and Expenditures Among Racially-Ethnically Diverse Adults ≥65 Years. Psychiatric Services, 2015: 66(7) 727–733.

Kafali N., Cook B., Wang S., Martinez PG., Selke Z., Blanco C., Impact of Mental Disorders on Employment and Receipt of Public Assistance: An Instrumental Variables Approach. The Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, 2015: 18(3):137-45.

Shu C, Cook B, Examining the Association between Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Smoking Cessation, Addiction, 2015: 110(6):1015-24.


Gonçalves M, Farcas D., Cook B. Advocacy for youth mental health in Europe: a policy analysis, International Journal of Clinical Neurosciences and Mental Health, 2014

Gonçalves M, Farcas D., Cook B. Differences between ethnic and non ethnic-specific clinics for Portuguese-speaking mental health patients as explained by providers. International Journal of Clinical Neurosciences and Mental Health, 2014.

Alegria M., Carson N., Et al. Activation, Self-Management, Engagement, and Retention in Behavioral Health Care: A Randomized Clinical Trial of the DECIDE Intervention. JAMA psychiatry, 2014: 71(5) 557–565. +

Alegria M., Cook B., Loder S., Doonan M., The Time Is Now: Tackling Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental and Behavioral Health Services in Massachusetts. Issue Brief (Massachusetts Health Policy Forum), 2014: 43 1–53.

Alegria M., Ludman E., Kafali EN., Lapatin S., Vila D., Shrout PE., Keefe K., Cook B., Ault-Brutus A., Li X., Bauer AM., Epelbaum C., Alcantara C., Pineda TI., Tejera GG., Suau G., Leon K., Lessios AS., Ramirez RR., Canino G., Effectiveness of the Engagement and Counseling for Latinos (ECLA) Intervention in Low-Income Latinos. Medical Care, 2014: 52(11) 989–997.

Ault-Brutus A., Lee C., Singer S., Allen M., Alegria M., Examining Implementation of a Patient Activation and Self-Management Intervention within the Context of an Effectiveness Trial. Administration and Policy in Mental Health, 2014: 41(6) 777–787.

Carson N., Vesper A., Chen CN., Cook B., Quality of Follow-up after Hospitalization for Mental Illness among Patients from Racial-Ethnic Minority Groups. Psychiatric Services (Washington, D.C.), 2014:  65(7) 888–896.

Cook B., Brown JD., Loder S., Wissow L., Acculturation Differences in Communicating Information about Child Mental Health between Latino Parents and Primary Care Providers. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health / Center for Minority Public Health, 2014: 16(6) 1093–1102.

Cook B., Wayne GF., Kafali EN., Liu Z., Shu C., Flores M., Trends in Smoking among Adults with Mental Illness and Association between Mental Health Treatment and Smoking Cessation. JAMA, 2014: 311(2) 172–182.

Cook B., Zuvekas SH., Carson N., Wayne GF., Vesper A., McGuire TG., Assessing Racial/ethnic Disparities in Treatment across Episodes of Mental Health Care. Health Services Research, 2014: 49(1) 206–229.

Kafali N, Cook B, Canino G, Alegria M..Cost-Effectiveness of a Randomized Trial to Treat Depression among Latinos. The Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, 2014: 17(2) 41–50.

Luo H., Zhang X., Cook B., Wu B., Wilson MR., Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Preventive Care Practice Among U.S. Nursing Home Residents. Journal of Aging and Health, 2014: 26(4) 519–539.

Rafla M., Carson N., DeJong SM., Adolescents and the Internet: What Mental Health Clinicians Need to Know. Current Psychiatry Reports, 2014: 16(9) 472.

Saloner B., Carson N., and Cook B., Episodes of Mental Health Treatment among a Nationally Representative Sample of Children and Adolescents. Medical care research and review: MCRR, 2014: 71(3) 261–279.

Saloner B., Carson N., Cook B., Explaining Racial/ethnic Differences in Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Completion in the United States: A Decomposition Analysis. The Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 2014: 54(6) 646–653.

Saloner B., Cook B., An ACA Provision Increased Treatment For Young Adults With Possible Mental Illnesses Relative To Comparison Group. Health Affairs, 2014: 33(8) 1425–1434.

Stein GL., Lee CS., Shi P., Cook B., Papajorgji-Taylor D., Carson N., Alegria M., Characteristics of Community Mental Health Clinics Associated With Treatment Engagement. Psychiatric Services, 2014: 65(8) 1020–1025.

Valentine A., DeAngelo D., Alegria M., Cook B., Translating Disparities Research to Policy: A Qualitative Study of State Mental Health Policymakers’ Perceptions of Mental Health Care Disparities Report Cards. Psychological Services, 2014: 11(4) 377–387.


Brown JD., Wissow LS., Cook B., Longway S., Caffery E. Pefaure C., Mental Health Communications Skills Training for Medical Assistants in Pediatric Primary Care. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 2013: 40(1) 20–35.

Cook B., Wayne GF., Valentine A., Lessios A., Yeh E., Revisiting the Evidence on Health and Health Care Disparities among the Roma: A Systematic Review 2003-2012. International Journal of Public Health, 2013: 58(6) 885–911.

Cook B., Barry C., Busch SH., Racial/Ethnic Disparity Trends in Children’s Mental Health Care Access and Expenditures from 2002 to 2007. Health Services Research, 2013: 48(1) 129–149. PubMed Central.

Cook B., Doksum T., Chen CN., Carle A., Alegria M., The Role of Provider Supply and Organization in Reducing Racial/ethnic Disparities in Mental Health Care in the U.S. Social Science & Medicine (1982,) 2013: 84 102–109.

Cook B., Manning W., Alegria M., Measuring Disparities across the Distribution of Mental Health Care Expenditures. The Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, 2013: 16(1): 3–12.

Cook B., Manning WG., Thinking beyond the Mean: A Practical Guide for Using Quantile Regression Methods for Health Services Research. Shanghai Archives of Psychiatry, 2013: 25(1) 55–59.

DePetris AE., Cook B., Differences in Diffusion of FDA Antidepressant Risk Warnings across Racial-Ethnic Groups. Psychiatric Services (Washington, D.C.), 2013: 64(5) 466–471, 471.e1–4.

Dusetzina SB., Cook B., Busch AB., Alexander GC., Huskamp HA., Racial-Ethnic Differences in Incident Olanzapine Use after an FDA Advisory for Patients with Schizophrenia. Psychiatric Services (Washington, D.C.), 2013: 64(1) 83–87.

Goncalves M., Cook B., Mulvaney-Day N., Alegria M., Kinrys G., Retention in Mental Health Care of Portuguese-Speaking Patients. Transcultural Psychiatry, 2013: 50(1) 92–107. 

Jimenez DE., Cook B., Bartels SJ., Alegria M., Disparities in Mental Health Service Use of Racial and Ethnic Minority Elderly Adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2013: 61(1) 18–25.

Raub JM., Carson N., Cook B., Wyshak G., Hauser BB., Predictors of Custody and Visitation Decisions by a Family Court Clinic. The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 2013: 41(2) 206–218. 

Saloner B., Cook B., Blacks and Hispanics Are Less Likely than Whites to Complete Addiction Treatment, Largely due to Socioeconomic Factors. Health Affairs (Project Hope), 2013: 32(1) 135–145.

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