Dr. Rusch is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and also serves as a member of the Dissemination and Implementation Research and Policy Program for UIC’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on building university-community-policy partnerships that address the mental health needs of immigrant and refugee youth/families. She uses an ecological public health framework to develop models of mental health promotion that elevate the unique contributions of non-specialty service settings and the critical role of non-traditional providers in family engagement and the development and implementation of innovative services. This work also extends to translating research findings into policy-level changes that will facilitate more effective community mental health services to address long-standing disparities. Dr. Rusch actively participates in local advocacy efforts and serves on leadership committees/coalitions focused on the mental health needs of immigrant and refugee communities.