Dr. Lynn Warner, Innovative Associate Dean and Researcher

Dr. Lynn Warner, who serves as our Associate Dean for Research, is an inventive leader in our School. In her role as Associate Dean she has fostered an innovative and effective writing group for faculty. Meeting biweekly, the members develop publications as well as grant proposals. Her effectiveness is seen not only in facilitating feedback across group members but also individual attention to manuscript and proposal enhancement. The enthusiasm for this workgroup and benefits to individuals and the group as a whole are palpable in our School. We congratulate Lynn for her pioneering, capacity-building work. Because of her excellence, Lynn was recently promoted to full professor.

Dr. Warner is well suited for her path-breaking leadership. In her own scholarship she addresses complex behavioral health policy and practice improvement agendas. She examines service use and effectiveness focusing on differential treatment and disparity-related outcomes for diverse populations who have mental health and substance abuse problems. She brings a multidimensional perspective to this research by investigating contextual and institutional influences on service patterns for diverse populations. Such strong social justice values and disparity-related research places her scholarship at the forefront of much of 21st-century systems science and reform. This is particularly relevant given the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid redesign in states like New York.

Dr. Warner has been a productive scholar with more than 50 publications including articles in top ranked journals, many interdisciplinary with high impact scores, and several book chapters. She has also published a number of research reports. Her grants currently total over $1 million. Her most recent grant funding includes a major competitive federal award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). As the Principal Investigator, Dr. Warner formed a collaborative among the schools of social work in Upstate New York. The project develops a professional workforce to serve veterans and other high risk populations with severe behavioral health challenges.