Interview with Dr. James Bray on Psychology’s Contribution to End Homelessness

Dr. James Bray discusses the findings of the 2009 Presidential Task Force on Psychology’s Contribution to End Homelessness, which found that psychologists in their roles as clinicians, researchers and educators have unique contributions to make toward ending homelessness. Psychologists can assist by providing culturally competent psychological assessments, intensive case management, assertive community treatment, critical time intervention and ecologically based family therapy, which includes siblings and extended family members.

“While the remediation of homelessness ultimately may depend mostly on improving the ratio between low-income households and increasing the number of affordable housing units, psychologists can play a role in helping people with mental health and substance abuse problems get and keep such housing,” the task force wrote.