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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: Deaf ACCESS: Adapting Consent through Community Engagement and State-of-the-Art Simulation. All human subjects’ research involves an informed consent process, during which potential participants learn about research procedures, possible risks of being in the research study, and then decide if they would like to participate in the study. This information is usually communicated in written or spoken English, rather than translated into ASL, making the process inaccessible to the Deaf community. In addition, the Deaf community often feels mistrust toward researchers and strong resistance to enrolling in research studies because of the long history of mistreatment of Deaf people in the research world. Researchers must develop ways to improve access and build trust with the Deaf community to include this underserved and at-risk population in human subjects’ research studies. In 2016, the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), in partnership with Brown University, was awarded a 2-year grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) to improve Deaf people’s trust and involvement in biomedical research. The Deaf ACCESS: Adapting Consent through Community Engagement and State-of-the-art Simulation research team is led by Melissa Anderson from UMMS and Co-Investigator Timothy Riker from Brown University.

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Recent Content

Access to Care

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Deaf ACCESS: Adapting Consent through Community Engagement and State-of-the-Art Simulation
Research in the Works
Melissa L. Anderson, Timothy Riker, Kurt Gagne, Stephanie Hakulin, Jonah Meehan, Elizabeth Stout, Todd Higgins, Emma Pici-D’Ottavio, Kelsey Cappetta, and Anne Prusky

Children

Community Based Participatory Research

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Deaf ACCESS: Adapting Consent through Community Engagement and State-of-the-Art Simulation
Research in the Works
Melissa L. Anderson, Timothy Riker, Kurt Gagne, Stephanie Hakulin, Jonah Meehan, Elizabeth Stout, Todd Higgins, Emma Pici-D’Ottavio, Kelsey Cappetta, and Anne Prusky

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Phase 1 – Community Forums Deaf ACCESS: Adapting Consent Through Community Engagement and State-Of-The-Art Simulation
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Melissa L. Anderson, Timothy Riker, Kurt Gagne, Stephanie Hakulin, Todd Higgins, Elizabeth Stout, and Kelsey Cappetta

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Collecting Histories of Education and Employment During Recovery (CHEER) Project
Research in the Works
Kathryn Sabella, Laura Golden, and Kathleen Biebel

Depression

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PRogram In Support of Moms (PRISM) Research Study [English and Spanish versions]
Research in the Works
Linda Brenckle, Kathleen Biebel, and Nancy Byatt

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Listening to Mothers: What's Helpful for Mothers Experiencing Perinatal Depression [English and Spanish versions]
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 [English and Spanish versions]
Research in the Works
Nancy Byatt, Kathleen Biebel, Liz Friedman, and Gifty Debordes-Jackson

Education and Training

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Deaf ACCESS: Adapting Consent through Community Engagement and State-of-the-Art Simulation
Research in the Works
Melissa L. Anderson, Timothy Riker, Kurt Gagne, Stephanie Hakulin, Jonah Meehan, Elizabeth Stout, Todd Higgins, Emma Pici-D’Ottavio, Kelsey Cappetta, and Anne Prusky

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Peer Academic Support for Success (PASS): Peer Coaching for College Students with Serious Mental Health Conditions (SMHCs)
Research in the Works
Laura Golden, Shianna Cruz, Amanda Costa, and Maryann Davis

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Collecting Histories of Education and Employment During Recovery (CHEER) Project
Research in the Works
Kathryn Sabella, Laura Golden, and Kathleen Biebel

Employment

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There's More to Young Adult Unemployment Than Mental Health: What Else to Look For
Transitions RTC
Michael Bryer, Rosalie A. Torres Stone, Zlatina Kostova, and Deirdre G. Logan

Ethics

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Central IRBs: Enhanced Protections for Research Participants [English and Spanish versions]
Research in the Works
Ekaterina Pivovarova and Charles W. Lidz

Family

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PRogram In Support of Moms (PRISM) Research Study [English and Spanish versions]
Research in the Works
Linda Brenckle, Kathleen Biebel, and Nancy Byatt

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Let's Talk About Parenting: Recovery for Parents Living with Mental Illnesses [English and Spanish versions]
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 [English and Spanish versions]
Research You Can Use
Nancy Byatt, Kathleen Biebel, Gifty Debordes-Jackson, and Liz Friedman

Health Disparities

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Deaf ACCESS: Adapting Consent through Community Engagement and State-of-the-Art Simulation
Research in the Works
Melissa L. Anderson, Timothy Riker, Kurt Gagne, Stephanie Hakulin, Jonah Meehan, Elizabeth Stout, Todd Higgins, Emma Pici-D’Ottavio, Kelsey Cappetta, and Anne Prusky

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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Saving Money for a Better Life: What Can the ABLE Act Do for Me?
Transitions RTC
Raphael Mizrahi, Tania Duperoy, and Deirdre G. Logan

Mental Health and Primary Care

Mindfulness

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Using Mindfulness for Increasing Provider Capacity to Support Inner City Survivors of Violence [English and Spanish versions]
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 [English and Spanish versions]
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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Deaf ACCESS: Adapting Consent through Community Engagement and State-of-the-Art Simulation
Research in the Works
Melissa L. Anderson, Timothy Riker, Kurt Gagne, Stephanie Hakulin, Jonah Meehan, Elizabeth Stout, Todd Higgins, Emma Pici-D’Ottavio, Kelsey Cappetta, and Anne Prusky

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Phase 1 – Community Forums Deaf ACCESS: Adapting Consent Through Community Engagement and State-Of-The-Art Simulation
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Melissa L. Anderson, Timothy Riker, Kurt Gagne, Stephanie Hakulin, Todd Higgins, Elizabeth Stout, and Kelsey Cappetta

Parenting

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PRogram In Support of Moms (PRISM) Research Study [English and Spanish versions]
Research in the Works
Linda Brenckle, Kathleen Biebel, and Nancy Byatt

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Let's Talk About Parenting: Recovery for Parents Living with Mental Illnesses [English and Spanish versions]
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 [English and Spanish versions]
Research You Can Use
Nancy Byatt, Kathleen Biebel, Gifty Debordes-Jackson, and Liz Friedman

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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Central IRBs: Enhanced Protections for Research Participants [English and Spanish versions]
Research in the Works
Ekaterina Pivovarova and Charles W. Lidz

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

Rehabilitation/Recovery

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Transition-Age Youth Psychotherapy Experiences (TYPE) Study
Research in the Works
Amanda Costa, Emma Pici-D’Ottavio, Laura Golden, and Maryann Davis

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

Risk Assessment

Service Systems

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Transition-Age Youth Psychotherapy Experiences (TYPE) Study
Research in the Works
Amanda Costa, Emma Pici-D’Ottavio, Laura Golden, and Maryann Davis

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Central IRBs: Enhanced Protections for Research Participants [English and Spanish versions]
Research in the Works
Ekaterina Pivovarova and Charles W. Lidz

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 [English and Spanish versions]
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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Transition-Age Youth Psychotherapy Experiences (TYPE) Study
Research in the Works
Amanda Costa, Emma Pici-D’Ottavio, Laura Golden, and Maryann Davis

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Peer Academic Support for Success (PASS): Peer Coaching for College Students with Serious Mental Health Conditions (SMHCs)
Research in the Works
Laura Golden, Shianna Cruz, Amanda Costa, and Maryann Davis

Trauma

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The University of Massachusetts Medical School Child Trauma Training Center (UMMS-CTTC) [English and Spanish versions]
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 [English and Spanish versions]
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 [English and Spanish versions]
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 [English and Spanish versions]
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 [English and Spanish versions]
Psychiatry Issue Brief
Julianna Andrews, Stephanie W. Hartwell, Carl E. Fulwiler, and Jeroan J. Allison

Wellness