Dr. Michael A. Lindsey is a noted scholar in the fields of child and adolescent mental health, as well as a leader in the search for knowledge and solutions to generational poverty and inequality. He is the Executive Director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University (NYU), the Constance and Martin Silver Professor of Poverty Studies at NYU Silver School of Social Work, and an Aspen Health Innovators Fellow. He also leads a university-wide Strategies to Reduce Inequality initiative from the NYU McSilver Institute.
Dr. Lindsey has been appointed Dean of the NYU Silver School of Social Work, starting July 1, 2022.
At the NYU McSilver Institute, Dr. Lindsey leads a team of researchers, clinicians, social workers and other professionals who are committed to creating new knowledge about the root causes of poverty, developing evidence-based interventions to address its consequences, and rapidly translating their findings into action through policy and best practices.
Additionally, he leads the working group of experts supporting the Congressional Black Caucus Emergency Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health, which created the report Ring the Alarm: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) in Social Work and a Fellow for the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and serves on the editorial boards of the journals: 1) Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, (2) Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, (3) Psychiatric Services, (4) School Mental Health, and (5) Prevention Science. He was also appointed as a member by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to serve on the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF). Dr. Lindsey has been recognized by City & State New York as being among the influential leaders working to make a difference in the lives of New Yorkers in the fields of mental health and education, with his inclusion in the 2021 Mental Health Power 50 and 2022 Higher Education Power 100 lists.
Dr. Lindsey holds a PhD in social work and MPH from the University of Pittsburgh, an MSW from Howard University, and a BA in sociology from Morehouse College.