The Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School conducts research to enhance services, improve the quality of life, and promote recovery for people with behavioral health conditions. SPARC, previously the Center for Mental Health Services Research (CMHSR), was created in 1993 when it was designated a Center of Excellence for Psychosocial and Systems Research by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH). This collection showcases journal articles and other publications and presentations written by faculty and researchers of the Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center.

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Publications from 2012

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Preventing Suicide through Improved Training in Suicide Risk Assessment and Care: An American Association of Suicidology Task Force Report Addressing Serious Gaps in U.S. Mental Health Training, William M. Schmitz Jr., Michael H. Allen, Barry N. Feldman, Nina J. Gutin, Danielle R. Jahn, Phillip M. Kleespies, Paul Quinnett, and Skip Simpson

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Prevalence and Impact of Substance Use Among Emerging Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions, Ashli J. Sheidow, Michael McCart, Kristyn Zajac, and Maryann Davis

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A self-assessment survey of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Part 1: animal welfare and protocol compliance, Jerald Silverman, Stephen P. Baker, and Charles W. Lidz

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A self-assessment survey of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, part 2: structure and organizational functions, Jerald Silverman, Stephen P. Baker, and Charles W. Lidz

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Disparities in opioid prescribing for patients with psychiatric diagnoses presenting with pain to the emergency department, Lorna J. Simon, Aurelia N. Bizamcer, Charles W. Lidz, Susan Stefan, and Mark J. Pletcher

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Genetic association of GABA-A receptor alpha-2 and mu opioid receptor with cocaine cue-reactivity: evidence for inhibitory synaptic neurotransmission involvement in cocaine dependence, David A. Smelson, Lei Yu, Steven Buyske, Gerardo Gonzalez, Jay Tischfield, Curtis K. Deutsch, and Douglas M. Ziedonis

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Field Reliability of the SAVRY with Juvenile Probation Officers: Implications for Training, Gina M. Vincent, Laura S. Guy, Samantha L. Fusco, and Bernice Gershenson

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Does Risk Assessment Make a Difference? Results of Implementing the SAVRY in Juvenile Probation, Gina M. Vincent, Laura S. Guy, Bernice G. Gershenson, and Patrick J. McCabe

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Risk Assessment in Juvenile Justice: A Guidebook for Implementation, Gina M. Vincent, Laura S. Guy, and Thomas Grisso

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Impact of risk/needs assessment on juvenile probation officers' decision making: Importance of implementation, Gina M. Vincent, Melissa Paiva-Salisbury, Nathan E. Cook, Laura S. Guy, and Rachael T. Perrault

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Residential Treatment in Adolescents Targeting Self-Injury and Suicidal Behavior, Barent W. Walsh, Leonard A. Doerfler, and Ariana Perry

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Changing the system by changing the workforce: employing consumers to increase access, cultural diversity, and engagement, Melodie Wenz-Gross, Toni M. Irsfeld, Tammy Twomey, Ana Perez, Judith Thompson, Martha Wally, Barbara Colleton, Christine Kroell, Steven K. McKeown, and Peter Metz

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Implementing a Primary Prevention Social Skills Intervention in Urban Preschools: Factors Associated with Quality and Fidelity, Melodie Wenz-Gross and Carole C. Upshur

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Innovative Interventions for Treating Tobacco Addiction Among Persons With Co-occurring Mental Illness and Addiction: New Approaches to Improve Outcomes, Douglas M. Ziedonis and Monika E. Kolodziej

Publications from 2011

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Intimate partner violence against deaf female college students, Melissa L. Anderson and Irene W. Leigh

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Intimate partner violence against deaf women: A review, Melissa L. Anderson, Irene W. Leigh, and Vincent J. Samar

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A national survey of self-injurious behavior in American prisons, Kenneth L. Appelbaum, Judith A. Savageau, Robert L. Trestman, Jeffrey L. Metzner, and Jacques Baillargeon

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Overcoming Barriers to Perinatal Depression Treatment, Nancy Byatt, Kathleen Biebel, Liz Friedman, Jeroan J. Allison, and Douglas M. Ziedonis

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Commentary: A new chapter for forensic ethics, Philip J. Candilis

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Evaluating psychiatric disability: differences by forensic expertise, Paul P. Christopher, Rasim Arikan, Debra A. Pinals, William H. Fisher, and Paul S. Appelbaum

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Morphological knowledge and decoding skills of deaf readers, M. Diane Clark, Gizelle L. Gilbert, and Melissa L. Anderson

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Development and validation of the Mental Health Attitude Survey for Police, Jonathan C. Clayfield, Kenneth E. Fletcher, and Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr.

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Aggression, ADHD symptoms, and dysphoria in children and adolescents diagnosed with bipolar disorder and ADHD, Leonard A. Doerfler, Daniel F. Connor, and Peter F. Toscano Jr.

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The CBCL Bipolar Profile and Attention, Mood, and Behavior Dysregulation, Leonard A. Doerfler, Daniel F. Connor, and Peter F. Toscano Jr.

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Posttraumatic stress disorder following myocardial infarction or cardiac surgery, Leonard A. Doerfler and John A. Paraskos

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On Being an Expert Witness: It's Not About You, Joel A. Dvoskin and Laura S. Guy

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Vocational and Educational Support for Veterans, Marsha Langer Ellison, Charles Drebing, Lisa Mueller, Jonathan Delman, and Lisa Mistler

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Statewide initiative of intensive psychiatric rehabilitation: outcomes and relationship to other mental health service use, Marsha Langer Ellison, E. Sally Rogers, Asya Lyass, Joseph Massaro, Nancy J. Wewiorski, Su-Ting Hsu, and William A. Anthony

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Public policy and limits of diversion programs for reducing jail exposure of persons with serious mental illness, William H. Fisher, Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr., Kristen M. Roy-Bujnowski, and Nancy Wolff

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Risk of Arrest Among Public Mental Health Services Recipients and the General Public, William H. Fisher, Lorna J. Simon, Kristen M. Roy-Bujnowski, Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr., Nancy Wolff, Emily Crockett, and Steven M. Banks

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Borderline Personality Disorder: Considerations for Inclusion in the Massachusetts Parity List of "Biologically-Based" Disorders, Mary Ellen Foti, Jeffrey L. Geller, Laura S. Guy, John G. Gunderson, Brian A. Palmer, and Lisa M. Smith

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Deaf individuals’ bilingual abilities: American Sign Language proficiency, reading skills, and family characteristics, Brittany L. Freel, M. Diane Clark, Melissa L. Anderson, Gizelle L. Gilbert, Millicent M. Musyoka, and Peter C. Hauser

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Supporting Parents With Mental Health Needs in Systems of Care, Barbara J. Friesen, Judith Katz-Leavy, and Joanne Nicholson

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Center for Mental Health Services Research Dissemination Activities, Carl E. Fulwiler, Kathleen Biebel, Susan Doiron, Gifty Debordes-Jackson, and Lisa M. Smith

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Prefrontal regional correlates of self-control in male psychiatric patients: Impulsivity facets and aggression, David A. Gansler, Athene K. W. Lee, Britt C. Emerton, Christopher D'Amato, Rafeeque A. Bhadelia, Matthew Jerram, and Carl E. Fulwiler

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A Premature Obituary: Edward C. Spitzka and the American Psychiatry of 1878, Jeffrey L. Geller

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Measuring Smoking Knowledge, Attitudes and Services (S-KAS) Among Clients in Addiction Treatment, Joseph Guydish, Barbara Tajima, Mable Chan, Kevin L. Delucchi, and Douglas M. Ziedonis

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Developing Statutes for Competence to Stand Trial in Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings: A Guide for Lawmakers, Kimberly A. Larson, Thomas Grisso, and National Youth Screening & Assessment Project

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Neural correlates of impulsivity factors in psychiatric patients and healthy volunteers: a voxel-based morphometry study, Athene K. W. Lee, Matthew Jerram, Carl E. Fulwiler, and David A. Gansler

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Geographic variation in colorectal cancer survival and the role of small-area socioeconomic deprivation: a multilevel survival analysis of the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study Cohort, Min Lian, Mario Schootman, Chyke A. Doubeni, Yikyung Park, Jacqueline M. Major, Rosalie A. Torres Stone, Adeyinka O. Laiyemo, Albert R. Hollenbeck, Barry I. Graubard, and Arthur Schatzkin

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Informed Consent: A Critical Part of Modern Medical Research, Charles W. Lidz

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Medicaid Enrollment Rates Among Individuals Arrested in the State of Florida Before and at the Time of Arrest, John Petrila, Diane Haynes, Jing Guo, William H. Fisher, Charles Dion, and Nicolette Springer

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Childhood trauma and psychiatric disorders as correlates of school dropout in a national sample of young adults, Michelle V. Porche, Lisa R. Fortuna, Julia Lin, and Margarita Alegria

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Peer Support, Stephanie Rodrigues, Matthew Chinman, Susan Hills, Marsha Langer Ellison, and Colleen E. McKay

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Recovery-promoting professional competencies: perspectives of mental health consumers, consumer-providers and providers, Zlatka Russinova, E. Sally Rogers, Marsha Langer Ellison, and Asya Lyass

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Risk-Needs Assessment in Juvenile Justice: Predictive Validity of the SAVRY, Racial Differences, and the Contribution of Needs Factors, Gina M. Vincent, John Chapman, and Nathan E. Cook

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Intersection of chronic pain treatment and opioid analgesic misuse: causes, treatments, and policy strategies, Amy B. Wachholtz, Gerardo Gonzalez, Edward W. Boyer, Zafar N. Naqvi, Christopher D. Rosenbaum, and Douglas M. Ziedonis

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Comorbid Pain and Opioid Addiction: Psychosocial and Pharmacological Treatments, Amy B. Wachholtz, Douglas M. Ziedonis, and Gerardo Gonzalez

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Thinking styles and emotional states of male and female prison inmates by mental disorder status, Nancy Wolff, Robert D. Morgan, Jing Shi, Jessica Huening, and William H. Fisher

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Tobacco Addiction and Psychological Co-morbidities, Douglas M. Ziedonis, David Kalman, Monika E. Kolodziej, Christopher W. Johnson, and Sun Kim

Publications from 2010

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Deaf students and their classroom communication: an evaluation of higher order categorical interactions among school and background characteristics, Thomas E. Allen and Melissa L. Anderson

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Internal consistency and factor structure of the Revised Conflict Tactics Scales in a sample of deaf female college students, Melissa L. Anderson and Irene W. Leigh

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Capacity to make medical treatment decisions in multiple sclerosis: a potentially remediable deficit, Michael R. Basso, Philip J. Candilis, Jay Johnson, Courtney Ghormley, Dennis R. Combs, and Taeh Ward

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Building Global Citizenship through Network Leadership, Anne Beales and Daniel B. Fisher

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MISSION Diversion & Recovery for Traumatized Veterans (MISSION DIRECT VET): Early Findings and Lessons Learned, Paul P. Christopher, Elizabeth A. Aaker, Amanda Lennox, William H. Fisher, Carl E. Fulwiler, Stephanie W. Hartwell, David Smelson, and Debra A. Pinals

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The Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, Maryann Davis, Jonathan Delman, Marsha Langer Ellison, and Charles W. Lidz

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First Steps and Beyond: Incorporating Shared Decision Making in Massachusetts Mental Health Services, Jonathan Delman, Mary Ellen G. Foti, Lisa Mistler, and Tamar Skolnick

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A systematic review of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual diagnostic criteria for nicotine dependence, Joseph R. DiFranza, W. W. Sanouri A. Ursprung, Beatrice Lauzon, Christina Bancej, Robert J. Wellman, Douglas M. Ziedonis, Sun S. Kim, Andre Gervais, Bruce Meltzer, Colleen E. McKay, Jennifer O'Loughlin, Chizimuzo T. C. Okoli, Lisa R. Fortuna, and Michele Tremblay

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Situations associated with admission to an acute care inpatient psychiatric unit, Leonard A. Doerfler, Peter W. Moran, and Kristen E. Hannigan

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Design Features for Employment-Supportive Personal Assistance Services in Medicaid Programs, Marsha Langer Ellison, Raymond E. Glazier, Elizabeth O'Connell, Giulia Norton, and Jay S. Himmelstein

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Finding and Using Our Voice: How Consumer/Survivor Advocacy is Transforming Mental Health Care, Daniel B. Fisher and Lauren Spiro

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Categorizing Temporal Patterns of Arrest in a Cohort of Adults with Serious Mental Illness, William H. Fisher, Steven M. Banks, Kristen M. Roy-Bujnowski, Albert J. Grudzinskas, Lorna J. Simon, and Nancy Wolff

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Commentary: civil commitment statutes--40 years of circumvention, William H. Fisher and Thomas Grisso

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Crisis Intervention Teams as the Solution to Managing Crises Involving Persons with Serious Psychiatric Illnesses: Does One Size Fit All?, William H. Fisher and Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr.

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The research potential of administrative data from state mental health agencies, William H. Fisher and Jeanne C. Rivard

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Retention in depression treatment among ethnic and racial minority groups in the United States, Lisa R. Fortuna, Margarita Alegria, and Shan Gao

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Guidance for Improving Forensic Reports: A Review of Common Errors, Thomas Grisso

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The role of psychopathic personality disorder in violence risk assessments using the HCR-20, Laura S. Guy, Kevin S. Douglas, and Melissa C. Hendry

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Sex Offending and Serious Mental Illness: Directions for Policy and Research, Andrew J. Harris, William H. Fisher, Bonita M. Veysey, Laura M. Ragusa, and Arthur J. Lurigio

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Emerging Adults With Psychiatric Disabilities Involved With the Criminal Justice System, Stephanie W. Hartwell, William H. Fisher, and Maryann Davis

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Addressing tobacco use disorder in smokers in early remission from alcohol dependence: the case for integrating smoking cessation services in substance use disorder treatment programs, David Kalman, Sun Kim, Gregory DiGirolamo, David Smelson, and Douglas M. Ziedonis

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Police-induced confessions: risk factors and recommendations, Saul M. Kassin, Steven A. Drizin, Thomas Grisso, Gisli H. Gudjonsson, Richard A. Leo, and Allison D. Redlich

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Police-induced confessions, risk factors, and recommendations: looking ahead, Saul M. Kassin, Steven A. Drizin, Thomas Grisso, Gisli H. Gudjonsson, Richard A. Leo, and Allison D. Redlich

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Effects of a randomized couple-based intervention on quality of life of breast cancer patients and their partners, Karen Kayser, Barry N. Feldman, Nancy A. Borstelmann, and Ann A. Daniels

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Adolescent Input Into Custody Decisions: Evaluating Decision-Making Capacities, Kimberly A. Larson and Joseph McGill

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From complexity to reality: providing useful frameworks for defining systems of care, Jody Levison-Johnson and Melodie Wenz-Gross

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Stressed and helping: the relations among acculturative stress, gender, and prosocial tendencies in Mexican Americans, Meredith McGinley, Gustavo Carlo, Lisa J. Crockett, Marcela Raffaelli, Rosalie A. Torres Stone, and Maria I. Iturbide

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Interdisciplinary treatment planning in inpatient settings: from myth to model, Kris A. McLoughlin and Jeffrey L. Geller

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Prevalence of criminal thinking among state prison inmates with serious mental illness, Robert D. Morgan, William H. Fisher, Naihua Duan, Jon T. Mandracchia, and Danielle Murray

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Black deaf individuals' reading skills: influence of ASL, culture, family characteristics, reading experience, and education, Candace Myers, M. Diane Clark, Millicent M. Musyoka, Melissa L. Anderson, Gizelle L. Gilbert, Selina Agyen, and Peter C. Hauser

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A Multi-disciplinary, Whole-of-Family Approach to Supporting Parents with Mental Illness, Joanne Nicholson

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Helping Families— Shifting the Emphasis, Joanne Nicholson

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Mental Illness: Understanding the Impact on Families and How to Help, Joanne Nicholson

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Parenting and Recovery for Mothers with Mental Disorders, Joanne Nicholson

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Parenting with a Mental Illness. A radio interview for ABC Radio National, Australia Public Radio (Audio file), Joanne Nicholson

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Supporting Parents: Multi-needs and the Need for Multi-institutions’ Coordination of Supports, Joanne Nicholson

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The internet, health promotion, and community participation, Joanne Nicholson and Armando J. Rotondi

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Creating Opportunities for Success: Working with Trauma Survivors in the Shelter Setting, Joanne Nicholson, Linda F. Weinreb, Tina Runyan, and Kathleen Biebel

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Scoring Subjectivity and Item Performance on Measures Used to Assess Violence Risk: The PCL-R and HCR-20 as Exemplars, K. A. Rufino, Laura S. Guy, and M. T. Boccaccini

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The management of sex offenders: perspectives for psychiatry, Fabian M. Saleh, Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr., H. Martin Malin, and R. Gregg Dwyer

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Paraphilias with co-morbid psychopathy: the clinical and legal significance to sex offender assessments, Fabian M. Saleh, H. Martin Malin, Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr., and Michael J. Vitacco

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Development of a Measure of the Latency to Needing a Cigarette, W. W. Sanouri A. Ursprung, Paola Morello, Bernice Gershenson, and Joseph R. DiFranza

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Assessing violence risk and psychopathy in juvenile and adult offenders: a survey of clinical practices, Jodi L. Viljoen, Kaitlyn McLachlan, and Gina M. Vincent

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Exploring Stress and Coping Strategies among National Guard Spouses during Times of Deployment: A Research Note, Angela R. Wheeler and Rosalie A. Torres Stone

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Mapping resting-state brain networks in conscious animals, Nanyin Zhang, Pallavi Rane, Wei Huang, Zhifeng Liang, David Kennedy, Jean A. Frazier, and Jean A. King

Publications from 2009

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in prison: a treatment protocol, Kenneth L. Appelbaum

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Voluntariness of consent to research: a conceptual model, Paul S. Appelbaum, Charles W. Lidz, and Robert Klitzman

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Voluntariness of consent to research: a preliminary empirical investigation, Paul S. Appelbaum, Charles W. Lidz, and Robert Klitzman

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Mental illness and substance use disorders among women veterans with diabetes, Ranjana Banerjea, Leonard M. Pogach, David Smelson, and Usha Sambamoorthi

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Examining Latino Differences in Mental Healthcare Use: The Roles of Acculturation and Attitudes Towards Healthcare, Terceira A. Berdahl and Rosalie A. Torres Stone