- Medical Director, Bureau of Behavioral Health, New Hampshire DHHS
Mary F. Brunette, a board-certified addiction psychiatrist, has been involved with research and clinical care of patients with severe mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders for over 20 years.
As Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Dr. Brunette has a program of research to explore causes and correlates of smoking among people with severe mental illnesses, and to develop and test interventions for in this group and other disadvantaged populations. She and her research group have developed and tested a web-based motivational decision support system tailored for this population, and are exploring other technology-based strategies to expand access to and efficacy of smoking cessation interventions in disadvantaged populations by engaging patients, peers, family and clinicians into health behavior change.
As Medical Director for the Bureau of Behavioral Health since 2006, she has supported the implementation of evidence-based practices for the treatment of people with severe mental illnesses in community mental health settings. She works with multiple stakeholders using a variety of strategies to improve care and outcomes for people served in the public mental health system.
Other active research interests include understanding the causes of addiction in vulnerable populations, and studying treatments for alcohol and cannabis use disorders.