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Editors

Co-Editors: Kathleen Biebel, UMass Psychiatry - Center for Mental Health Services Research
  Randi Segatore, UMass Psychiatry - Career Development and Research Office
 

Psychiatry Information in Brief is a journal devoted to the dissemination of behavioral health information. This journal focuses on translating research findings into concise, user-friendly information that is accessible to all. It incorporates an array of dissemination products including:

  • Psychiatry Issue Briefs: Concise research findings with real-world recommendations and action items for providers and consumers of mental health services
  • Research in the Works: Brief one page descriptions of on-going research at the UMass Department of Psychiatry
  • Research You Can Use: Research findings from literature reviews, white papers, and other research aimed at busy providers
  • Transitions RTC: Publications aimed at improving supports for youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions

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Current Publications

Volume 11, Issue 5 (2014)

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How to Keep A Job: The Young Adults Guide
Transitions RTC
Transitions Research and Training Center

Starting and keeping a new job can be stressful for anyone. However, there are healthy ways to deal with this stress. This tip sheet has some tips to help you be more prepared to start and keep a new job, and hopefully be a little less stressed.

Volume 11, Issue 4 (2014)

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Getting Acquainted with Stigma: A Brief Introduction
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Stephanie Rodrigues

In this Issue Brief we define stigma, describe its negative consequences, and offer ways to address stigma and promote engagement in care.

Volume 11, Issue 3 (2014)

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Listening to Mothers: What's Helpful for Mothers Experiencing Perinatal Depression
Research You Can Use
Nancy Byatt, Kathleen Biebel, Gifty Debordes-Jackson, and Liz Friedman

Understanding the experiences of women who have experienced perinatal depression may help inform needed changes in how health care professionals and organizations screen, diagnose, and treat perinatal depression.

Publication Archive

Access to Care

Children

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Childhood Bullying: Awareness, Interventions, and a Model for Change
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Negar Beheshti and Jay Byron

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The University of Massachusetts Medical School Child Trauma Training Center (UMMS-CTTC)
Research in the Works
Jessica L. Griffin, Melodie Wenz-Gross, Toni M. Irsfeld, Heather Forkey, Thomas Grisso, and Laurel Post

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Intermediaries Promote the Use of Research Evidence in Children's Behavioral Health Systems Change
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Kathleen Biebel, Susan Maciolek, Joanne Nicholson, Gifty Debordes-Jackson, and Laurel Leslie

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Lessons Learned: Facilitating Mental Health Screening in Juvenile Justice Programs
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Valerie Williams and Thomas Grisso

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Strategies for Maximizing Medicaid to Fund Children's Mental Health Services
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Kathleen Biebel and Judith Katz-Leavy

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Developing Mental Health Screening in Juvenile Justice
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Gina M. Vincent and Thomas Grisso

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Serving Children at Risk of Out-of-Home Placement in Community Settings in the Commonwealth
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Jennifer Taub, Beth R. Hinden, and Bernice Gershenson

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Issues in Pediatric Prescribing of Psychopharmacological Agents: Perspectives of Pediatricians, Caregivers and Case Workers
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Jennifer Taub, Matthew Johnsen, Christina Breault, and Marjory Kravitz

Community Based Participatory Research

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Overcoming Barriers to Addressing Perinatal Depression: Perspectives of Women
Research in the Works
Nancy Byatt, Kathleen Biebel, Liz Friedman, and Gifty Debordes-Jackson

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Consumer Involvement in Research
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Suzanne Garverich, Lorna J. Simon, Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr., James E. McDonald Jr., and John Grillo

Depression

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Listening to Mothers: What's Helpful for Mothers Experiencing Perinatal Depression
Research You Can Use
Nancy Byatt, Kathleen Biebel, Gifty Debordes-Jackson, and Liz Friedman

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Overcoming Barriers to Addressing Perinatal Depression: Perspectives of Women
Research in the Works
Nancy Byatt, Kathleen Biebel, Liz Friedman, and Gifty Debordes-Jackson

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Does Routine Screening Matter? The Prenatal Emotional Health Screening Project (PEHS)
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Jennifer Taub, Rebecca Lundquist, Kenneth E. Fletcher, and Tara Zandi

Education and Training

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My Mental Health Rights on Campus
Transitions RTC
Lisa M. Smith, N. Ackerman, and Amanda Costa

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Teens on IEPs: Making My “Transition” Services Work for Me
Transitions RTC
Jennifer Whitney and Lisa M. Smith

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Armed with an Attitude: Validation of the Mental Health Attitude Survey for Police (MHASP)
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Jonathan C. Clayfield, Kenneth E. Fletcher, and Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr.

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Copping an Attitude? Assessing Police Attitudes about Persons with Mental Illness
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Jonathan C. Clayfield and Kenneth E. Fletcher

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Crisis Intervention and Risk Management Training for Police: De-Escalating Offenders in Crisis While Maintaining Public Safety
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Jonathan C. Clayfield, Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr., Maurice H. Richardson, William H. Fisher, and Kristen M. Roy-Bujnowski

Employment

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How to Keep A Job: The Young Adults Guide
Transitions RTC
Transitions Research and Training Center

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Do I Tell My Boss?: Disclosing My Mental Health Condition at Work
Transitions RTC
Amanda Costa and Lisa M. Smith

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Vocational Rehabilitation (VR): A Young Adult’s Guide
Transitions RTC
Jennifer Whitney, Lisa M. Smith, and Tania Duperoy

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Appealing Features of Vocational Supports for Latino & non-Latino Transition Age Youth & Young Adult Consumers
Research in the Works
Rosalie A. Torres Stone, Colleen E. McKay, Charles W. Lidz, William H. Fisher, Marsha Langer Ellison, and Lisa M. Smith

Ethics

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Informed Consent and the Clinician-Client Relationship
Research You Can Use
Charles W. Lidz

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Institutional Review Boards: What Do They Do? How Do They Protect Subjects?
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Christopher Jackson, Philip J. Candilis, Suzanne Garverich, Lauren A. Gellar, Charles W. Lidz, and Teresa Roach

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Restraint and Seclusion: Can They Become Obsolete Practices?
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Goran Jovanovic and Matthew Johnsen

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Can People with Mental Illness Consent to Research?
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Charles W. Lidz

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Protection of Vulnerable Populations: Research Involving Prisoners
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr. and Jonathan C. Clayfield

Family

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Listening to Mothers: What's Helpful for Mothers Experiencing Perinatal Depression
Research You Can Use
Nancy Byatt, Kathleen Biebel, Gifty Debordes-Jackson, and Liz Friedman

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The University of Massachusetts Medical School Child Trauma Training Center (UMMS-CTTC)
Research in the Works
Jessica L. Griffin, Melodie Wenz-Gross, Toni M. Irsfeld, Heather Forkey, Thomas Grisso, and Laurel Post

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Overcoming Barriers to Addressing Perinatal Depression: Perspectives of Women
Research in the Works
Nancy Byatt, Kathleen Biebel, Liz Friedman, and Gifty Debordes-Jackson

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Family Networks Implementation Study: Integrating Rigor and Relevance in Effective Research Partnerships
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Jodi Adams, Joanne Nicholson, Susan Maciolek, and Kathleen Biebel

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Families with Overlapping Needs
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Beth R. Hinden, Bernice Gershenson, Valerie Williams, and Joanne Nicholson

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Pathological Gambling: The High Stake Need for Treatment
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Elizabeth A. Aaker

Health Disparities

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Getting Acquainted with Stigma: A Brief Introduction
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Stephanie Rodrigues

HIV/AIDS

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Spirituality in HIV+ Patient Care
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Joni L. Utley and Amy B. Wachholtz

Legal Issues

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Mental Illness, Advocacy & Recovery: Ready or Not?
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Jeffrey L. Geller

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MISSION Community Re-Entry for Women (MISSION-CREW) Program Development and Implementation
Research in the Works
Debra A. Pinals, Laura Guy, Carl E. Fulwiler, Andrea Leverentz, Stephanie W. Hartwell, and Elizabeth Aaker Orvek

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Confidentiality Uncovered: Why Peer Supporters Need Protection
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Antonia Seligowski and Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr.

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Community Reintegration of Persons with SMI Post Incarceration
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Stephanie W. Hartwell

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Adolescent Mental Health Gender Differences in Arrest Onset and Risk
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Maryann Davis, William H. Fisher, Steven M. Banks, and Bernice Gershenson

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Drug-Related Arrests among Persons with Serious Mental Illness
Psychiatry Issue Brief
William H. Fisher, Kristen M. Roy-Bujnowski, Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr., Jonathan C. Clayfield, and Steven M. Banks

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Lessons Learned: Facilitating Mental Health Screening in Juvenile Justice Programs
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Valerie Williams and Thomas Grisso

Mental Health and Primary Care

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Getting Acquainted with Stigma: A Brief Introduction
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Stephanie Rodrigues

Mindfulness

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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapies for Behavioral Health Disorders
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Jeremiah Slutsky, Jay Byron, and Carl E. Fulwiler

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Mindfulness and Health
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Carl E. Fulwiler and Fernando de Torrijos

Multicultural

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Appealing Features of Vocational Supports for Latino & non-Latino Transition Age Youth & Young Adult Consumers
Research in the Works
Rosalie A. Torres Stone, Colleen E. McKay, Charles W. Lidz, William H. Fisher, Marsha Langer Ellison, and Lisa M. Smith

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Pathways to Alcohol Use for Rural Latino Adolescents
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Rosalie A. Torres Stone

Parenting

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Listening to Mothers: What's Helpful for Mothers Experiencing Perinatal Depression
Research You Can Use
Nancy Byatt, Kathleen Biebel, Gifty Debordes-Jackson, and Liz Friedman

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Overcoming Barriers to Addressing Perinatal Depression: Perspectives of Women
Research in the Works
Nancy Byatt, Kathleen Biebel, Liz Friedman, and Gifty Debordes-Jackson

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Families Living with Mental Illness
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Joanne Nicholson, Karen Albert, Maria Bairos, Steven M. Banks, Kathleen Biebel, Jonathan C. Clayfield, Bernice Gershenson, Beth R. Hinden, Susan M. Phillips, Lawrence Stier, Valerie Williams, and Alexis D. Henry

Peers

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Confidentiality Uncovered: Why Peer Supporters Need Protection
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Antonia Seligowski and Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr.

Policy

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Navigating the Complexity of Using Research in Policy and Practice Decisions
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Susan Maciolek, Kathleen Biebel, Laurel Leslie, Gifty Debordes-Jackson, and Joanne Nicholson

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Intermediaries Promote the Use of Research Evidence in Children's Behavioral Health Systems Change
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Kathleen Biebel, Susan Maciolek, Joanne Nicholson, Gifty Debordes-Jackson, and Laurel Leslie

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Mental Illness, Advocacy & Recovery: Ready or Not?
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Jeffrey L. Geller

Rehabilitation/Recovery

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Preparing the Open Dialogue Approach for Implementation in the United States
Research in the Works
Douglas M. Ziedonis and Mary Olson

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Mental Illness, Advocacy & Recovery: Ready or Not?
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Jeffrey L. Geller

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MISSION Community Re-Entry for Women (MISSION-CREW) Program Development and Implementation
Research in the Works
Debra A. Pinals, Laura Guy, Carl E. Fulwiler, Andrea Leverentz, Stephanie W. Hartwell, and Elizabeth Aaker Orvek

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Incorporating Tobacco Cessation Activities in ICCD Clubhouses
Research You Can Use
Colleen E. McKay, Douglas M. Ziedonis, and Valerie F. Williams

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Confidentiality Uncovered: Why Peer Supporters Need Protection
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Antonia Seligowski and Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr.

Service Systems

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Navigating the Complexity of Using Research in Policy and Practice Decisions
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Susan Maciolek, Kathleen Biebel, Laurel Leslie, Gifty Debordes-Jackson, and Joanne Nicholson

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Intermediaries Promote the Use of Research Evidence in Children's Behavioral Health Systems Change
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Kathleen Biebel, Susan Maciolek, Joanne Nicholson, Gifty Debordes-Jackson, and Laurel Leslie

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Preparing the Open Dialogue Approach for Implementation in the United States
Research in the Works
Douglas M. Ziedonis and Mary Olson

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Harmonizing Databases? Evaluating Effectiveness of A Statewide Public Mental Health Reentry Program
Research in the Works
Stephanie W. Hartwell, Xiaogang Deng, William H. Fisher, Carl E. Fulwiler, and Debra A. Pinals

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Implementation Research: The Black Box of Program Implementation
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Katherine Woolsey and Kathleen Biebel

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Critical Issues in Transitioning to the Community: Addressing Criminalization, Homelessness, Co-Occurring Disorders, and the Need for Systems Integration
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr., Jonathan C. Clayfield, Kristen M. Roy-Bujnowski, William H. Fisher, and Maurice H. Richardson

Spirituality

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Spirituality in HIV+ Patient Care
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Joni L. Utley and Amy B. Wachholtz

Suicide Intervention and Prevention

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The Impact of Suicide Calls on Police
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Barry N. Feldman, Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr., Bernice Gershenson, Jonathan C. Clayfield, and Richard P. Cody

Technology

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Estimating Frequencies from Multiple Source Data
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Elizabeth A. Aaker, Charles W. Lidz, and Lorna J. Simon

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Maximizing the Results of Internet Surveys
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Jill Rosenbaum and Charles W. Lidz

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Application of Mapping to Psychiatric Services
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Kristen M. Roy-Bujnowski

Tobacco Addiction

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Incorporating Tobacco Cessation Activities in ICCD Clubhouses
Research You Can Use
Colleen E. McKay, Douglas M. Ziedonis, and Valerie F. Williams

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Addressing Tobacco through Organizational Change (ATTOC)
Research in the Works
Douglas M. Ziedonis and Sarah A. Baker

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Addressing Tobacco Use in Adult Mental Health Service Programs
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Colleen E. McKay, Douglas M. Ziedonis, Gregory Seward, Valerie Williams, Kevin Bradley, Jennifer Colburn, and David Rocheleau

Transition Age Youth

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How to Keep A Job: The Young Adults Guide
Transitions RTC
Transitions Research and Training Center

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Telling Your Money What to Do: The Young Adults Guide
Transitions RTC
Transitions Research and Training Center

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Promise For The Future: How Federal Programs Can Improve Career Outcomes For Youth & Young Adults With Serious Mental Health Conditions
Transitions RTC
Chris Koyanagi, Elaine Alfano, and Transitions Research and Training Center

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Do I Tell My Boss?: Disclosing My Mental Health Condition at Work
Transitions RTC
Amanda Costa and Lisa M. Smith

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Treatment Retention Strategies in Transition Age Youth
Research in the Works
Maryann Davis, Charles W. Lidz, Lisa R. Fortuna, William H. Fisher, and Lisa Mistler

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Vocational Rehabilitation (VR): A Young Adult’s Guide
Transitions RTC
Jennifer Whitney, Lisa M. Smith, and Tania Duperoy

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My Mental Health Rights on Campus
Transitions RTC
Lisa M. Smith, N. Ackerman, and Amanda Costa

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Becoming an Adult: Challenges for Those with Mental Health Conditions
Transitions RTC
Maryann Davis, Kathryn Sabella, Lisa M. Smith, and Amanda Costa

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Teens on IEPs: Making My “Transition” Services Work for Me
Transitions RTC
Jennifer Whitney and Lisa M. Smith

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Appealing Features of Vocational Supports for Latino & non-Latino Transition Age Youth & Young Adult Consumers
Research in the Works
Rosalie A. Torres Stone, Colleen E. McKay, Charles W. Lidz, William H. Fisher, Marsha Langer Ellison, and Lisa M. Smith

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My “Must Have” Papers
Transitions RTC

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Adolescent Mental Health Gender Differences in Arrest Onset and Risk
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Maryann Davis, William H. Fisher, Steven M. Banks, and Bernice Gershenson

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Adolescents' Competence to Stand Trial: Justice for Disabled and Immature Youths
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Thomas Grisso and Gina M. Vincent

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Supporting the Transition to Adulthood
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Maryann Davis

Trauma

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The University of Massachusetts Medical School Child Trauma Training Center (UMMS-CTTC)
Research in the Works
Jessica L. Griffin, Melodie Wenz-Gross, Toni M. Irsfeld, Heather Forkey, Thomas Grisso, and Laurel Post

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Traumatized Girls in the Juvenile Justice System
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Kenneth E. Fletcher

Traumatic Brain Injury

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Brain Injury Resources
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Colleen E. McKay and Meghan E. Heffernan

Veterans

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A Jail Diversion Program for Veterans with Co-occurring Disorders: MISSION - DIRECT VET
Research in the Works
Paul Christopher, William H. Fisher, Mary Ellen Foti, Carl E. Fulwiler, Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr., Stephanie W. Hartwell, David A. Smelson, and Debra Pinals

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Brain Injury Resources
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Colleen E. McKay and Meghan E. Heffernan

Violence

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You Light my Fire: Understanding Pathological Firesetting
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Jeffrey L. Geller

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Violence and People with Mental Illness Served in the Public Mental Health System
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Charles W. Lidz, Thomas Grisso, Karen Albert, and Kim Smith

Wellness

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Preparing the Open Dialogue Approach for Implementation in the United States
Research in the Works
Douglas M. Ziedonis and Mary Olson