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Bunger, Alicia, Ph.D.

Pronouns: She/Her


Curriculum Vitae

Post-Doc - University of North Carolina, 2012 - NIMH Post-Doctoral Fellow
PhD - Washington University in St. Louis, 2010 - Social Work
MSW - Rutgers University, 2003 - Social Work
BA - Susquehanna University, 2001 - Psychology

Areas of Expertise
Implementation science
Human service organizations
Interorganizational relationships
Behavioral health services
Child welfare systems
Social network analysis

Areas of Interest for Mentoring PhD Students
Research on organizations, systems, and management
Implementation research


Dr. Bunger’s research addresses the central question: how can human service organizations and professionals work together to improve service access, quality, and outcomes for the communities they serve? Her work is set within the context of behavioral health and child welfare systems and is organized around three domains (1) the role of interorganizational relationships for reducing service fragmentation, (2) knowledge sharing and best practice implementation, and (3) front-line practices that facilitate linkages to effective services. This work is intended to inform policy and managerial strategies that close structural gaps and improve care quality. Currently, she is focusing on implementation of interventions that require collaboration across systems, and is interested in developing practical tools to support executive leaders.

Collaborating Across Systems for Implementation Project Website