Virna Little

Virna Little, PsyD

  • ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR | Family Medicine & Community Health

Virna Little’s responsibilities encompass administration and delivery of social work , mental health and community based services across the Institute for Family Health’s network of 27 community health centers in New York. Dr. Little is a nationally known speaker around the integration of primary care and behavioral health services, collaborative care, and the development of viable behavioral health services in community health settings. Dr. Little is an advocate for integrated delivery systems and behavioral health workforce development. Before joining the Institute, Dr. Little provided social services at the Department of Corrections and was chosen by the Mayor’s office to promote family violence identification and prevention as a domestic violence coordinator in New York City. She is a federally-certified substance abuse professional and a certified New York State Mandated Reporter child abuse trainer. Dr. Little has a doctoral degree in psychology from California Coast University and a masters in social work from Fordham University. In recognition of her work in behavioral health, Dr. Little has received the Eleanor Clarke Award For Innovative Programs In Healthcare (2004),the National Association of Social Workers Image Award (2006), the Society for Social Work Leaders in Healthcare Social Worker of the Year (2013), and the Community Health Center of New York Paul Ramos Award (2014). Dr. Little is a member of the AIMS center consulting team housed at the University of Washington in Seattle. She currently serves on the board of the Hudson Valley American Heart Association, chairs the Behavioral Health Sub-Committee for the Community Health Center Association of New York, and serves as Vice Chair for Association for Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU). Dr. Little is a member of the National Council for Community Behavioral Health Providers, American Association of Play Therapists, Social Work Managers, Society for Social Work Leaders in Healthcare, National Association of Social Workers and the American Psychological Association.