Nancy Covell, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry)
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Nancy H. Covell, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who is the Associate Director for Implementation Support Systems at the Center for Practice Innovations (CPI) within the Division of Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Associate Professor of Clinical Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Covell has been conducting mental health services and implementation research for more than 20 years in public behavioral health settings (first in Connecticut and now in New York) with over 50 peer-reviewed publications related to this work and funding from national agencies and local government (state and city). Dr. Covell currently works for a nationally known intermediary organization, CPI, that provides blended (e-Learning and in person) training and targeted implementation supports (organizational-, provider-, and service recipient-level) to help behavioral healthcare agencies throughout New York adopt evidence-based practices. Dr. Covell is a Founding Member of both the Global Implementation Society (GIS) and the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC).  

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry)

Administrative Titles

  • Associate Director for Implementation Support Systems, Center for Practice Innovations
  • Associate Editor, Global Implementation Research and Applications


  • Female


My primary focus is on the implementation of evidence-based practices designed for people with mental health and substance use disorders.

Research Interests

  • Evidence-based treatment for co-occurring mental health conditions and substance use
  • Implementation Science
  • Integrated treatment

Selected Publications

Covell NH, Foster F, Lipton N, Kingman E, Tse J, Aquila A, Williams JM. Self-Evaluation Tool to Support Implementation of Treatment for Tobacco Use Disorder in Behavioral Health Programs. Community Mental Health Journal. 2021 Sep 14:1-9.

Covell NH, Foster F, McGovern M, Lopez LO, Shaw R, Dixon LB. Intermediary organizations can support integration of fidelity self-assessment and quality improvement. Global Implementation Research and Applications. 2021 Mar;1(1):30-7.

Covell NH, Margolies PJ, Myers RW, Sederer L, Ruderman D, Van Bramer J, Fazio ML, McNabb LM, Thorning H, Watkins L, Hinds M. Using incentives for training participation.Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal.2016;39:81-3.

Covell NH, Foster FP, Lopez LO, Margolies PJ, Dixon LB. Using distance technologies to facilitate a learning collaborative to implement stage wise treatment. Psychiatric Services. 2015;66:645–8.

Covell NH, Margolies PJ, Myers RW, Ruderman D, Fazio ML, McNabb LM, Gurran S, Thorning H, Watkins L, Dixon LB. State Mental Health Policy: Scaling up evidence-based behavioral health care practices in New York State.  Psychiatric Services. 2014;65: 713-5.