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profileBenjamin Le Cook, Ph.D.

TitleAssistant Professor of Psychiatry
InstitutionCambridge Health Alliance
AddressCambridge Health Alliance
Ctr for Multicultural Mental Hlth Rsrch
120 Beacon St.
Somerville MA 02143
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R01MD010456     (FUNG, VICKI)Feb 1, 2017 - Jan 31, 2022
Medicare Policy Effects on Mental Health Care Disparities
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

R01HS021486     (COOK, BENJAMIN LE)Jul 10, 2013 - Jun 30, 2016
Comparative Effectiveness Research Diffusion and Mental Health Care Disparities
Role: Principal Investigator

R01MH091042     (COOK, BENJAMIN LE)Jul 1, 2010 - Jun 30, 2013
Understanding Mechanisms of Mental Health Care Disparities
Role: Principal Investigator

R03MH082312     (COOK, BENJAMIN LE)Mar 1, 2008 - Aug 28, 2010
Innovations in the Measurement of Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health Care
Role: Principal Investigator

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  1. Chen J, Bloodworth R, Novak P, Cook BL, Goldman HH, Rendall MS, Thomas SB, Reynolds CF. Reducing Preventable Hospitalization and Disparity: Association With Local Health Department Mental Health Promotion Activities. Am J Prev Med. 2018 Jan; 54(1):103-112. PMID: 29254550.
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  2. Allen ML, Cook BL, Carson N, Interian A, La Roche M, Alegría M. Patient-Provider Therapeutic Alliance Contributes to Patient Activation in Community Mental Health Clinics. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2017 Jul; 44(4):431-440. PMID: 25964131.
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  3. Saloner B, Akosa Antwi Y, Maclean JC, Cook B. Access to Health Insurance and Utilization of Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Evidence from the Affordable Care Act Dependent Coverage Provision. Health Econ. 2018 Jan; 27(1):50-75. PMID: 28127822.
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  4. Cook BL, 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. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2017 Mar - Apr; 45:32-39. PMID: 28274336.
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  5. Cook BL, Progovac AM, Chen P, Mullin B, Hou S, Baca-Garcia E. Novel Use of Natural Language Processing (NLP) to Predict Suicidal Ideation and Psychiatric Symptoms in a Text-Based Mental Health Intervention in Madrid. Comput Math Methods Med. 2016; 2016:8708434. PMID: 27752278.
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  6. Cook BL, Trinh NH, Li Z, Hou SS, Progovac AM. Trends in Racial-Ethnic Disparities in Access to Mental Health Care, 2004-2012. Psychiatr Serv. 2017 Jan 01; 68(1):9-16. PMID: 27476805.
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  7. Jimenez DE, Schmidt AC, Kim G, Cook BL. Impact of comorbid mental health needs on racial/ethnic disparities in general medical care utilization among older adults. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2017 Aug; 32(8):909-921. PMID: 27363866.
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  8. Hahm HC, Lee J, Chiao C, Valentine A, Lê Cook B. Use of Mental Health Care and Unmet Needs for Health Care Among Lesbian and Bisexual Chinese-, Korean-, and Vietnamese-American Women. Psychiatr Serv. 2016 Dec 01; 67(12):1380-1383. PMID: 27364813.
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  9. Fortuna LR, Álvarez K, Ramos Ortiz Z, Wang Y, Mozo Alegría X, Cook BL, Alegría M. Mental health, migration stressors and suicidal ideation among Latino immigrants in Spain and the United States. Eur Psychiatry. 2016 Aug; 36:15-22. PMID: 27311103.
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  10. Creedon TB, Cook BL. Access To Mental Health Care Increased But Not For Substance Use, While Disparities Remain. Health Aff (Millwood). 2016 Jun 01; 35(6):1017-21. PMID: 27269017.
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  11. Cook BL, Zuvekas SH, Chen J, Progovac A, Lincoln AK. Assessing the Individual, Neighborhood, and Policy Predictors of Disparities in Mental Health Care. Med Care Res Rev. 2017 Aug; 74(4):404-430. PMID: 27147641.
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  12. Cook BL, Kim G, Morgan KL, Chen CN, Nillni A, Alegría M. Measuring Geographic "Hot Spots" of Racial/Ethnic Disparities: An Application to Mental Health Care. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2016; 27(2):663-84. PMID: 27180702.
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  13. 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. J Ment Health Policy Econ. 2015 Sep; 18(3):137-45. PMID: 26474049.
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  14. Shu C, Cook BL. Examining the association between substance use disorder treatment and smoking cessation. Addiction. 2015 Jun; 110(6):1015-24. PMID: 25683883.
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  15. Jimenez DE, Cook BL, Kim G, Reynolds CF, Alegría M, Coe-Odess S, Bartels SJ. Relationship Between General Illness and Mental Health Service Use and Expenditures Among Racially-Ethnically Diverse Adults =65 Years. Psychiatr Serv. 2015 Jul; 66(7):727-33. PMID: 25772763; PMCID: PMC4490047.
  16. Cook BL, Liu Z, Lessios AS, Loder S, McGuire T. The costs and benefits of reducing racial-ethnic disparities in mental health care. Psychiatr Serv. 2015 Apr 01; 66(4):389-96. PMID: 25588417.
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  17. Hahm HC, Cook BL, Ault-Brutus A, Alegría M. Intersection of race-ethnicity and gender in depression care: screening, access, and minimally adequate treatment. Psychiatr Serv. 2015 Mar 01; 66(3):258-64. PMID: 25727113; PMCID: PMC4408551.
  18. Lê Cook B, Brown JD, Loder S, Wissow L. Acculturation differences in communicating information about child mental health between Latino parents and primary care providers. J Immigr Minor Health. 2014 Dec; 16(6):1093-102. PMID: 24705736; PMCID: PMC4185306.
  19. Valentine A, DeAngelo D, Alegría M, Cook BL. Translating disparities research to policy: a qualitative study of state mental health policymakers' perceptions of mental health care disparities report cards. Psychol Serv. 2014 Nov; 11(4):377-87. PMID: 25383993; PMCID: PMC4228957.
  20. Alegría M, Ludman E, Kafali EN, Lapatin S, Vila D, Shrout PE, Keefe K, Cook B, Ault 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. Med Care. 2014 Nov; 52(11):989-97. PMID: 25310525; PMCID: PMC4201237.
  21. Stein GL, Lee CS, Shi P, Cook BL, Papajorgji-Taylor D, Carson NJ, Alegría M. Characteristics of community mental health clinics associated with treatment engagement. Psychiatr Serv. 2014 Aug 01; 65(8):1020-5. PMID: 24788028.
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  22. Saloner B, Lê Cook B. An ACA provision increased treatment for young adults with possible mental illnesses relative to comparison group. Health Aff (Millwood). 2014 Aug; 33(8):1425-34. PMID: 25092845.
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  23. Carson NJ, Vesper A, Chen CN, Lê Cook B. Quality of follow-up after hospitalization for mental illness among patients from racial-ethnic minority groups. Psychiatr Serv. 2014 Jul; 65(7):888-96. PMID: 24686538; PMCID: PMC4182296.
  24. Kafali N, Cook B, Canino G, Alegria M. Cost-effectiveness of a randomized trial to treat depression among Latinos. J Ment Health Policy Econ. 2014 Jun; 17(2):41-50. PMID: 25153092.
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  25. Luo H, Zhang X, Cook B, Wu B, Wilson MR. Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Preventive Care Practice Among U.S. Nursing Home Residents. J Aging Health. 2014 Jun; 26(4):519-539. PMID: 24626378.
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  26. Saloner B, Carson N, Lê Cook B. Explaining racial/ethnic differences in adolescent substance abuse treatment completion in the United States: a decomposition analysis. J Adolesc Health. 2014 Jun; 54(6):646-53. PMID: 24613095; PMCID: PMC4035388.
  27. Cook BL, 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 Jan 08; 311(2):172-82. PMID: 24399556.
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  28. Saloner B, Carson N, Cook BL. Episodes of mental health treatment among a nationally representative sample of children and adolescents. Med Care Res Rev. 2014 Jun; 71(3):261-79. PMID: 24399817.
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  29. 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. Int J Public Health. 2013 Dec; 58(6):885-911. PMID: 24096986.
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  30. Cook BL, Zuvekas SH, Carson N, Wayne GF, Vesper A, McGuire TG. Assessing racial/ethnic disparities in treatment across episodes of mental health care. Health Serv Res. 2014 Feb; 49(1):206-29. PMID: 23855750; PMCID: PMC3844061.
  31. DePetris AE, Cook BL. Differences in diffusion of FDA antidepressant risk warnings across racial-ethnic groups. Psychiatr Serv. 2013 May 01; 64(5):466-71, 471.e1-4. PMID: 23412363; PMCID: PMC3686566.
  32. Saloner B, Lê Cook B. Alcohol and drug use: the authors reply. Health Aff (Millwood). 2013 Mar; 32(3):630. PMID: 23459746.
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  33. Le Cook B, Manning W, Alegria M. Measuring disparities across the distribution of mental health care expenditures. J Ment Health Policy Econ. 2013 Mar; 16(1):3-12. PMID: 23676411; PMCID: PMC3662479.
  34. Gonçalves M, Cook B, Mulvaney-Day N, Alegría M, Kinrys G. Retention in mental health care of Portuguese-speaking patients. Transcult Psychiatry. 2013 Feb; 50(1):92-107. PMID: 23427258; PMCID: PMC3685501.
  35. Cook BL, Doksum T, Chen CN, Carle A, Alegría M. The role of provider supply and organization in reducing racial/ethnic disparities in mental health care in the U.S. Soc Sci Med. 2013 May; 84:102-9. PMID: 23466259; PMCID: PMC3659418.
  36. Lê Cook B, Manning WG. Thinking beyond the mean: a practical guide for using quantile regression methods for health services research. Shanghai Arch Psychiatry. 2013 Feb; 25(1):55-9. PMID: 24948867; PMCID: PMC4054530.
  37. Brown JD, Wissow LS, Cook BL, Longway S, Caffery E, Pefaure C. Mental health communications skills training for medical assistants in pediatric primary care. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2013 Jan; 40(1):20-35. PMID: 23070564; PMCID: PMC4287209.
  38. Dusetzina SB, Cook BL, Busch AB, Alexander GC, Huskamp HA. Racial-ethnic differences in incident olanzapine use after an FDA advisory for patients with schizophrenia. Psychiatr Serv. 2013 Jan; 64(1):83-7. PMID: 23280461; PMCID: PMC3572912.
  39. Saloner B, Lê Cook B. Blacks and Hispanics are less likely than whites to complete addiction treatment, largely due to socioeconomic factors. Health Aff (Millwood). 2013 Jan; 32(1):135-45. PMID: 23297281; PMCID: PMC3570982.
  40. Raub JM, Carson NJ, Cook BL, Wyshak G, Hauser BB. Predictors of custody and visitation decisions by a family court clinic. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2013; 41(2):206-18. PMID: 23771934.
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  41. Cook, BL Manning, W . 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.
  42. Jimenez DE, Cook B, Bartels SJ, Alegría M. Disparities in mental health service use of racial and ethnic minority elderly adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Jan; 61(1):18-25. PMID: 23252464; PMCID: PMC3545089.
  43. Carson N., Cook B., Chen C-N., Alegria M. Racial/Ethnic Differences in Video Game and Internet Use among US Adolescents with Mental Health and Educational Difficulties. Journal of Children and Media. 2012; 6(4):450-468.
  44. Lê Cook B, Barry CL, Busch SH. Racial/ethnic disparity trends in children's mental health care access and expenditures from 2002 to 2007. Health Serv Res. 2013 Feb; 48(1):129-49. PMID: 22716901; PMCID: PMC3449047.
  45. Mulvaney-Day N, DeAngelo D, Chen CN, Cook BL, Alegría M. Unmet need for treatment for substance use disorders across race and ethnicity. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2012 Sep; 125 Suppl 1:S44-50. PMID: 22658581; PMCID: PMC3435455.
  46. Alegria M, Lin J, Chen CN, Duan N, Cook B, Meng XL. The impact of insurance coverage in diminishing racial and ethnic disparities in behavioral health services. Health Serv Res. 2012 Jun; 47(3 Pt 2):1322-44. PMID: 22568675; PMCID: PMC3418830.
  47. Cook BL, McGuire TG, Zaslavsky AM. Measuring racial/ethnic disparities in health care: methods and practical issues. Health Serv Res. 2012 Jun; 47(3 Pt 2):1232-54. PMID: 22353147; PMCID: PMC3371391.
  48. Cook BL, Alegría M. Racial-ethnic disparities in substance abuse treatment: the role of criminal history and socioeconomic status. Psychiatr Serv. 2011 Nov; 62(11):1273-81. PMID: 22211205; PMCID: PMC3665009.
  49. Cook BL, McGuire TG, Alegría M, Normand SL. Crowd-out and exposure effects of physical comorbidities on mental health care use: implications for racial-ethnic disparities in access. Health Serv Res. 2011 Aug; 46(4):1259-80. PMID: 21413984; PMCID: PMC3130831.
  50. Rosendahl C, Hansen C, Cameron A, Bourne P, Wilson T, Cook B, Baker M, Keir J, Dicker T, Reid M, Williamson R, Weedon D, Soyer HP, Youl PH, Wilkinson D. Measuring performance in skin cancer practice: the SCARD initiative. Int J Dermatol. 2011 Jan; 50(1):44-51. PMID: 21182501.
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  51. Lê Cook B, Carson N, Alegria M. Assessing racial/ethnic differences in the social consequences of early-onset psychiatric disorder. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2010 May; 21(2 Suppl):49-66. PMID: 20453376; PMCID: PMC2874983.
  52. Carson N, Lê Cook B, Alegria M. Social determinants of mental health treatment among Haitian, African American, and White youth in community health centers. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2010 May; 21(2 Suppl):32-48. PMID: 20453375; PMCID: PMC3190591.
  53. Lê Cook B, McGuire TG, Lock K, Zaslavsky AM. Comparing methods of racial and ethnic disparities measurement across different settings of mental health care. Health Serv Res. 2010 Jun; 45(3):825-47. PMID: 20337739; PMCID: PMC2875762.
  54. Escobar JI, Cook B, Chen CN, Gara MA, Alegría M, Interian A, Diaz E. Whether medically unexplained or not, three or more concurrent somatic symptoms predict psychopathology and service use in community populations. J Psychosom Res. 2010 Jul; 69(1):1-8. PMID: 20630257; PMCID: PMC2905311.
  55. Cook B, Alegría M, Lin JY, Guo J. Pathways and correlates connecting Latinos' mental health with exposure to the United States. Am J Public Health. 2009 Dec; 99(12):2247-54. PMID: 19834004; PMCID: PMC2775773.
  56. Cook BL, Manning WG. Measuring racial/ethnic disparities across the distribution of health care expenditures. Health Serv Res. 2009 Oct; 44(5 Pt 1):1603-21. PMID: 19656228; PMCID: PMC2754550.
  57. Rosenbach M, O'Neil S, Cook B, Trebino L, Walker DK. Characteristics, access, utilization, satisfaction, and outcomes of healthy start participants in eight sites. Matern Child Health J. 2010 Sep; 14(5):666-679. PMID: 19590941; PMCID: PMC2923711.
  58. Cook BL, McGuire TG, Meara E, Zaslavsky AM. Adjusting for Health Status in Non-Linear Models of Health Care Disparities. Health Serv Outcomes Res Methodol. 2009 Mar 01; 9(1):1-21. PMID: 20352070.
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  59. Lê Cook B, McGuire TG, Zuvekas SH. Measuring trends in racial/ ethnic health care disparities. Med Care Res Rev. 2009 Feb; 66(1):23-48. PMID: 18796581; PMCID: PMC2764787.
  60. Cook BL, McGuire T, Miranda J. Measuring trends in mental health care disparities, 2000 2004. Psychiatr Serv. 2007 Dec; 58(12):1533-40. PMID: 18048553.
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  61. Brown JD, Wissow LS, Zachary C, Cook BL. Receiving advice about child mental health from a primary care provider: African American and Hispanic parent attitudes. Med Care. 2007 Nov; 45(11):1076-82. PMID: 18049348.
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  62. Cook BL. Effect of Medicaid Managed Care on racial disparities in health care access. Health Serv Res. 2007 Feb; 42(1 Pt 1):124-45. PMID: 17355585; PMCID: PMC1955243.
  63. McGuire TG, Alegria M, Cook BL, Wells KB, Zaslavsky AM. Implementing the Institute of Medicine definition of disparities: an application to mental health care. Health Serv Res. 2006 Oct; 41(5):1979-2005. PMID: 16987312; PMCID: PMC1955294.
  64. Cook BL, Wayne GF, Keithly L, Connolly G. One size does not fit all: how the tobacco industry has altered cigarette design to target consumer groups with specific psychological and psychosocial needs. Addiction. 2003 Nov; 98(11):1547-61. PMID: 14616181.
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