Bio | Maria Restrepo-Toro, BNS, MS

Maria E. Restrepo-Toro is an Educator at Yale University, Department of Psychiatry, Program for Recovery and Community Health. She is a nationally recognized leader, educator and trainer in the fields of Latino behavioral health recovery, psychiatric rehabilitation and cultural competence. She is currently the manager of the New England Mental Health Technology Transfer Center and brings her expertise in 1) workforce development in recovery-oriented practices such us person-centered, trauma-informed care and psychiatric rehabilitation interventions; 2) development of peer-run initiatives, training and technical assistance on peer integration practices; and 3) development of culturally appropriate curriculums and web-based training tools. Maria is passionate about eliminating global mental health disparities, empowering people to recover, and gain equal access to behavioral health services. She has earned recognition as a leader in the field of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and received the USPRA 2012 Leroy Spaniol Educator Award. Maria has trained hundreds of multidisciplinary stakeholders, both nationally and internationally and provided technical assistance in the implementation and dissemination of innovative recovery-based interventions. Lastly, she founded the Latino Initiatives at Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and established and coordinated the Yale Latino Recovery Colectivo a group committed to promote the recovery, self-determination and community inclusion of people facing behavioral health conditions and discrimination in Spanish and Portuguese Speaking local and global communities.