California Endowment Scholars in Health Policy at Harvard University - Scholars Bios


Katherine Elliott, PhD, MPH


Mental Health Policy Consultant,
Sacramento, CA



Dr. Elliott is a public health specialist and clinical psychologist specializing in mental health policy, disparities in mental health, cultural competency, and child maltreatment. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her M.P.H. from the Harvard University School of Public Health, where she was a California Endowment Scholar in Health Policy. Her current work focuses on mental health policy, with a particular emphasis on the needs of ethnic and cultural minority communities.  In addition, she has held several clinical and research positions with a similar area of emphasis.  She currently provides consultation for the California Institute of Mental Health, the California Office of Health Equity, the California Mental Health Services Act Multicultural Coalition, and the California Mental Health Services Authority on issues of cultural competence and policy implementation, community defined practices, program evaluation, and disparities in mental health.  In addition, she provides consultation to build capacity and enhance infrastructure in local community based organizations.