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Editor: Kathleen Biebel, UMass Psychiatry - Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center

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

View the latest issue: Enhancing the Social Networks of People with Mental Illnesses: A Qualitative Study on the Role of Peer-Operated Recovery Learning Communities. In 2014, researchers from the UMass Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC) partnered with the Central Massachusetts Recovery Learning Communities (RLC) to complete a pilot study exploring the relationship between RLC participation and experiences of social integration. Utilizing participatory action research (PAR) principles, investigators from both SPARC and the RLC worked collaboratively to design an exploratory qualitative study, analyze data, and present findings.

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Recent Content

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

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

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

Education and Training

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eMental Health Bridges Project: A Web Site Development Project to Provide Needed Mental and Physical Health Information to People with Serious Mental Illness
Research in the Works
Elaine R. Martin, Joanne Nicholson, Kathleen Biebel, Len L. Levin, Zlatina Kostova, and Scott Ahrens

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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

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

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

Family

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Let's Talk About Parenting: Recovery for Parents Living with Mental Illnesses
Research in the Works
Kathleen Biebel, Joanne Nicholson, Kelly English, Margaret Guyer-Deason, and Sandra Wixted

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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

Health Disparities

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eMental Health Bridges Project: A Web Site Development Project to Provide Needed Mental and Physical Health Information to People with Serious Mental Illness
Research in the Works
Elaine R. Martin, Joanne Nicholson, Kathleen Biebel, Len L. Levin, Zlatina Kostova, and Scott Ahrens

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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

Juvenile Justice

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

Mental Health and Primary Care

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eMental Health Bridges Project: A Web Site Development Project to Provide Needed Mental and Physical Health Information to People with Serious Mental Illness
Research in the Works
Elaine R. Martin, Joanne Nicholson, Kathleen Biebel, Len L. Levin, Zlatina Kostova, and Scott Ahrens

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

Mindfulness

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Using Mindfulness for Increasing Provider Capacity to Support Inner City Survivors of Violence
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Julianna Andrews, Stephanie W. Hartwell, Carl E. Fulwiler, and Jeroan J. Allison

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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
Transitions RTC
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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Let's Talk About Parenting: Recovery for Parents Living with Mental Illnesses
Research in the Works
Kathleen Biebel, Joanne Nicholson, Kelly English, Margaret Guyer-Deason, and Sandra Wixted

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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

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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Let's Talk About Parenting: Recovery for Parents Living with Mental Illnesses
Research in the Works
Kathleen Biebel, Joanne Nicholson, Kelly English, Margaret Guyer-Deason, and Sandra Wixted

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The Recovery Learning Community (RLC) Outcomes Study: Perspectives of RLC Participants
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Jonathan Delman, Karen Albert, and Lorna J. Simon

Risk Assessment

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

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 Speak Up and Be Heard: Self Advocacy
Transitions RTC
Transitions Research and Training Center

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

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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Using Mindfulness for Increasing Provider Capacity to Support Inner City Survivors of Violence
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Julianna Andrews, Stephanie W. Hartwell, Carl E. Fulwiler, and Jeroan J. Allison

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

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Improving the Outcomes of Transition Age Youth with Psychiatric Disabilities through the Adoption and Use of Best Practice Transition Planning
Research in the Works
Lauren Davis, Kathleen Biebel, Marsha Langer Ellison, Sloan Huckabee, and Laura Golden