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 2014

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The Development of Comorbid Conduct Problems in Children With ADHD: An Example of an Integrative Developmental Psychopathology Perspective, Jeffrey S. Danforth, Daniel F. Connor, and Leonard A. Doerfler

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Reducing Recidivism and Symptoms in Emerging Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions and Justice System Involvement, Maryann Davis, Ashli J. Sheidow, and Michael R. McCart

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Participatory Action Research, Jonathan Delman

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Adapting Supported Employment for Emerging Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions, Marsha Langer Ellison, Vanessa V. Klodnick, Gary R. Bond, Izabela M. Krzos, Susan M. Kaiser, Marc A. Fagan, and Maryann Davis

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Refocusing gun policy, Jeffrey L. Geller

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Motivations of Patients with Diabetes to Participate in Research, Cynthia Geppert, Philip J. Candilis, Stephen P. Baker, Charles W. Lidz, Paul Appelbaum, and Kenneth E. Fletcher

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Influence of the HCR-20, LS/CMI, and PCL-R on Decisions About Parole Suitability Among Lifers, Laura Guy, Cliff Kusaj, Ira K. Packer, and Kevin S. Douglas

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Evaluation of a statewide implementation of supported employment in Massachusetts, Alexis D. Henry, Lobat Hashemi, and Jianying Zhang

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A Culturally Adapted Smoking Cessation Intervention for Korean Americans: A Mediating Effect of Perceived Family Norm Toward Quitting, Sun S. Kim, Seong-Ho Kim, Hua (Julia) Fang, Simona Kwon, Donna Shelley, and Douglas M. Ziedonis

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Population-based initiatives in college mental health: students helping students to overcome obstacles, Daniel Kirsch, Stephanie L. Pinder-Amaker, Charles Morse, Marsha Langer Ellison, Leonard A. Doerfler, and Michelle B. Riba

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Exploring Knowledge Exchange at the Research-Policy-Practice Interface in Children's Behavioral Health Services, Laurel K. Leslie, Susan Maciolek, Kathleen Biebel, Gifty Debordes-Jackson, and Joanne Nicholson

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Context is everything: psychological data and consent to research, Charles W. Lidz and Paul S. Appelbaum

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Therapeutic misconception in clinical trials: fighting against it and living with it, Charles W. Lidz and Paul S. Appelbaum

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Recent research related to juvenile sex offending: findings and directions for further research, H. Martin Malin, Fabian M. Saleh, and Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr.

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The potential for health-related uses of mobile phones and internet with homeless veterans: results from a multisite survey, D. Keith McInnes, Leon Sawh, Beth Ann Petrakis, Sowmya R. Rao, Stephanie L. Shimada, Karin M. Eyrich-Garg, Allen L. Gifford, Henry D. Anaya, and David A. Smelson

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Creating Options for Family Recovery: A Provider's Guide to Promoting Parental Mental Health, Joanne Nicholson, Toni Wolf, Chip Wilder, and Kathleen Biebel

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An Outcome Study of Seeking Safety With Rural Community-Based Women, Beverly J. Patitz, Melissa L. Anderson, and Lisa M. Najavits

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Response to: The Selective Allure of Neuroscience and Its Implications for The Courtroom, Ekaterina Pivovarova

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The Expert Witness as a Traveling Sprinkler, Ekaterina Pivovarova and Stanley Brodsky

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Towards Wariness Between Attorneys and Neuroscience Clinicians, Ekaterina Pivovarova and Stanley Brodsky

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Safety Monitoring and Withdrawal of Psychiatric Research Participants, Ekaterina Pivovarova and Philip J. Candilis

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A Polygraph Primer: What Litigators Need to Know, Ekaterina Pivovarova, Judith G. Edersheim, Justin Baker, and Bruce H. Price

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Protecting Our Parents: Can Science Help?, Bruce H. Price, Ekaterina Pivovarova, and Judith G. Edersheim

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Medicaid lapses and low-income young adults' receipt of outpatient mental health care after an inpatient stay, Eric Slade, Lawrence Wissow, Maryann Davis, Michael Abrams, and Lisa B. Dixon

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Changes in pro-inflammatory cytokines and body weight during 6-month risperidone treatment in drug naive, first-episode schizophrenia, Xueqin Song, Xiaoduo Fan, Xue Li, Wei Zhang, Jinsong Gao, Jingping Zhao, Amy Harrington, Douglas M. Ziedonis, and Luxian Lv

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Prolactin serum levels correlate with inflammatory status in drug-naive first-episode schizophrenia, Xueqin Song, Xiaoduo Fan, Jianjiang Zhang, Hui Zheng, Xue Li, Lijuan Pang, Xumei Chen, Wei Zhang, Amy Harrington, Douglas M. Ziedonis, and Luxian Lv

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Personal accounts: recovery is resilience in the face of symptoms, Richard J. Stewart and Jeffrey L. Geller

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What Happens to Mental Health Treatment During Pregnancy? Women's Experience with Prescribing Providers, Linda F. Weinreb, Nancy Byatt, Tiffany A. Moore Simas, Karen Tenner, and Judith A. Savageau

Publications from 2013

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Neuroprediction of future rearrest, Eyal Aharoni, Gina M. Vincent, Carla L. Harenski, Vince D. Calhoun, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Michael S. Gazzaniga, and Kent A. Kiehl

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Supporting Recovery in the Deaf Community: Creating Continuum of Behavioral Health Care in Central Massachusetts, Melissa L. Anderson, Neil S. Glickman, Lisa Mistler, Susan Jones, Monika E. Kolodziej, and Douglas M. Ziedonis

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A collaborative care model to improve access to pediatric mental health services, Onesky Aupont, Leonard A. Doerfler, Daniel F. Connor, Christopher Stille, Mayra Tisminetzky, and Thomas J. McLaughlin

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Neuropsychological correlates of symptom dimensions in inpatients with major depressive disorder, Michael R. Basso, Dennis R. Combs, Rod Purdie, Philip J. Candilis, and Robert Bornstein

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Lethal Means Restriction for Suicide Prevention: Beliefs and Behaviors of Emergency Department Providers, Marian E. Betz, Matthew Miller, Catherine Barber, Ivan Miller, Ashley F. Sullivan, Carlos A. Camargo Jr., Edwin D. Boudreaux, Edward W. Boyer, Robin E. Clark, Mardia A. Coleman, Barry N. Feldman, and ED-SAFE Investigators

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Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Emergency Department Providers in the Care of Suicidal Patients, Marian E. Betz, Ashley F. Sullivan, Anne P. Manton, Janice A. Espinola, Ivan Miller, Carlos A. Camargo Jr., Edwin D. Boudreaux, Edward W. Boyer, Robin E. Clark, Mardia A. Coleman, Barry N. Feldman, and ED-SAFE Investigators

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Community Mental Health Provider Reluctance to Provide Pharmacotherapy May Be a Barrier to Addressing Perinatal Depression: A Preliminary Study, Nancy Byatt, Kathleen Biebel, Gifty Debordes-Jackson, Rebecca S. Lundquist, Tiffany A. Moore Simas, Linda F. Weinreb, and Douglas M. Ziedonis

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Barriers and Facilitators to Addressing Perinatal Depression in Obstetric Settings, Nancy Byatt, Kathleen Biebel, Liz Friedman, Gifty Debordes-Jackson, Jeroan J. Allison, and Douglas M. Ziedonis

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Women's perspectives on postpartum depression screening in pediatric settings: a preliminary study, Nancy Byatt, Kathleen Biebel, Liz Friedman, Gifty Debordes-Jackson, and Douglas M. Ziedonis

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Patient's views on depression care in obstetric settings: how do they compare to the views of perinatal health care professionals, Nancy Byatt, Kathleen Biebel, Liz Friedman, Gifty Debordes-Jackson, Douglas M. Ziedonis, and Lori Pbert

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Adult Willingness to Use Email and Social Media for Peer-to-Peer Cancer Screening Communication: Quantitative Interview Study, Sarah L. Cutrona, Douglas W. Roblin, Joann L. Wagner, Bridget Gaglio, Andrew E. Williams, Rosalie A. Torres Stone, Terry S. Field, and Kathleen M. Mazor

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Pass This Message Along: Self-edited Email Messages Promoting Colon Cancer Screening among Friends and Family, Sarah L. Cutrona, Joann L. Wagner, Douglas W. Roblin, Bridget Gaglio, Andrew E. Williams, Rosalie A. Torres Stone, and Kathleen M. Mazor

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Patterns of Psychotherapy Attendance in Emerging and Mature Adults, Maryann Davis, William H. Fisher, Charles W. Lidz, and Bernice Gershenson

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Young Adults Getting Involved: Participatory Action Research & Transition Age Youth, Jonathan Delman

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No sympathy for the devil: attributing psychopathic traits to capital murderers also predicts support for executing them, John F. Edens, Karen M. Davis, Krissie Fernandez Smith, and Laura Guy

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Ten year research update (2001-2010): evaluations for competence to stand trial (adjudicative competence), Michael H. Fogel, Wendy Schiffman, Denise L. Mumley, Chad E. Tillbrook, and Thomas Grisso

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Community treatment orders for patients with psychosis, Jeffrey L. Geller

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United States Department of Justice findings letters in psychiatric hospital CRIPA cases: an aid or a distraction, Jeffrey L. Geller and Leilani Lee

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Dorsal/ventral parcellation of the amygdala: relevance to impulsivity and aggression, Abilash Gopal, Erika Clark, Amy Allgair, Christopher D'Amato, Margery Furman, David A. Gansler, and Carl E. Fulwiler

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Progressive levels of physical dependence to tobacco coincide with changes in the anterior cingulum bundle microstructure, Wei Huang, Joseph R. DiFranza, David N. Kennedy, Nanyin Zhang, Douglas M. Ziedonis, W. W. Sanouri A. Ursprung, and Jean A. King

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A Pilot Study of a Modified Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Smoking Cessation Treatment for Veterans with PTSD, Megan M. Kelly, John Forsyth, Douglas M. Ziedonis, David Kalman, and Judith Cooney

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Smoking among individuals with schizophrenia in Korea: gender differences, Sun Kim, Sangkeun Chung, Jong-Il Park, Ae-Ja Jung, David Kalman, and Douglas M. Ziedonis

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Comparison of characteristics among Korean American male smokers between survey and cessation studies, Sun S. Kim, Seongho Kim, Colleen E. McKay, and Douglas M. Ziedonis

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Three Measures of Tobacco Dependence Independently Predict Changes in Neural Structure, Jean A. King, W. W. Sanouri A. Ursprung, Joseph R. DiFranza, Wei Huang, Nanyin Zhang, David N. Kennedy, and Douglas M. Ziedonis

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Impact of Ivacaftor on Medication Use, Hospital and Outpatient Provider Visits and Associated Costs in a Medicaid Population, Sam M. Leo, Maria M. Lowe, Caroline J. Alper, Karen W. Lee, Kimberly J. Lenz, Gloria Liou, Thomas C. Pomfret, Mylissa K. Price, Mark A. Tesell, and Paul L. Jeffrey

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What the ANPRM missed: additional needs for IRB reform, Charles W. Lidz and Suzanne Garverich

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Implementing the Massachusetts Child Trauma Project (MCTP) to Improve Services for Children with Complex Trauma in Child Welfare: Phase I Needs and Readiness Assessment, Charmaine B. Lo, Melodie Wenz-Gross, and Jessica L. Griffin

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Predictors of criminal justice involvement in severe mania, Patrick J. McCabe, Paul P. Christopher, Debra A. Pinals, and William H. Fisher

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Commitment Determinations and Definition of Mental Disease, Ekaterina Pivovarova and Debra A. Pinals

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Telephone care coordination for smokers in VA mental health clinics: protocol for a hybrid type-2 effectiveness-implementation trial, Erin Rogers, Senaida Fernandez, Colleen Gillespie, David A. Smelson, Hildi J. Hagedorn, Brian Elbel, David Kalman, Alfredo Axtmayer, Karishma Kurowski, and Scott E. Sherman

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Conceptualization and measurement of mental health providers' recovery-promoting competence: the recovery promoting relationships scale (RPRS), Zlatka Russinova, E. Sally Rogers, Karon F. Cook, Marsha Langer Ellison, and Asya Lyass

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Predictors of financial self-sufficiency among Social Security beneficiaries with psychiatric disabilities, Zlatka Russinova, E. Sally Rogers, Marsha Langer Ellison, Philippe Bloch, Asya Lyass, and Nancy J. Wewiorski

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Gender: An Important Factor in the Implementation of Services for Juvenile Offenders, Geno Salomone, Rebecca J. Nelson, Scarlet P. Woods, Laura S. Guy, and Gina M. Vincent

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Creating a “Community of Practice” on Transition Age Youth & Young Adults With Serious Mental Health Conditions in Northeast Massachusetts, Lisa M. Smith, Marsha Langer Ellison, Joann Starks, and Amanda Costa

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Elevated levels of adiponectin and other cytokines in drug naive, first episode schizophrenia patients with normal weight, Xueqin Song, Xiaoduo Fan, Xinwen Song, Jianjiang Zhang, Wei Zhang, Xue Li, Jinsong Gao, Amy Harrington, Douglas M. Ziedonis, and Luxian Lv

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Adherence Measurement and Incidence of Bleeding and Systemic Embolism with Dabigatran in a Medicaid Population, Nicole Trask, Payal N. Kotadiya, James Gagnon, Mark Kohn, Pavel Lavitas, Karen Lee, Andrea Lewtas, Maria M. Lowe, Alkiviadis Nacopoulos, Tamara Rosenzweig, Caroline Alper, and Paul Jeffrey

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A pilot study of a primary prevention curriculum to address preschool behavior problems, Carole C. Upshur, Melodie Wenz-Gross, and George W. Reed

Publications from 2012

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Melissa L. Anderson: APA/APAGS Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology, Melissa L. Anderson

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Is it abuse? Deaf female undergraduates' labeling of partner violence, Melissa L. Anderson and Caroline M. Kobek Pezzarossi

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Limitations on the Use of Evidence From Evaluations of Competence to Stand Trial in the Penalty Phase, Natalie M. Anumba and Kenneth L. Appelbaum

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Therapeutic misconception in research subjects : Development and validation of a measure, Paul S. Appelbaum, Milena D. Anatchkova, Karen Albert, Laura B. Dunn, and Charles W. Lidz

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A Collaborative Care Model to Improve Access to Pediatric Mental Health Services, Onesky Aupont, Leonard A. Doerfler, Daniel F. Connor, Christopher J. Stille, Mayra Tisminetzky, and Thomas J. McLaughlin

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Relationships as Key to Recovery for Perinatal Women Living with Depression, Kathleen Biebel, Nancy Byatt, Gifty Debordes-Jackson, Liz Friedman, Jeroan J. Allison, and Douglas M. Ziedonis

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Dermal collagen matrices for ventral hernia repair: comparative analysis in a rat model, G. Broderick, Joyce McIntyre, M. Noury, Heather M. Strom, Charles M. Psoinos, A. Christakas, Kristen L. Billiar, Zachary M. Hurwitz, Janice F. Lalikos, Ronald A. Ignotz, and Raymond M. Dunn

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Gender Differences in Professional Development Among AP-LS Members: Results of the Professional Development of Women Survey, Julie Buck, Jennifer Eno Louden, Terese Hall, Matthew Huss, Christian Meissner, and Ekaterina Pivovarova

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Patient, provider, and system-level barriers and facilitators to addressing perinatal depression, Nancy Byatt, Kathleen Biebel, Rebecca Lundquist, Tiffany A. Moore Simas, Gifty Debordes-Jackson, Jeroan J. Allison, and Douglas M. Ziedonis

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Strategies for improving perinatal depression treatment in North American outpatient obstetric settings, Nancy Byatt, Tiffany A. Moore Simas, Rebecca Lundquist, Julia V. Johnson, and Douglas M. Ziedonis

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The silent majority: who speaks at IRB meetings, Philip J. Candilis, Charles W. Lidz, Paul S. Appelbaum, Robert M. Arnold, William P. Gardner, Suzanne Myers, Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr., and Lorna J. Simon

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Reflections and narratives: new to The Journal and to professional ethics, Philip J. Candilis and Richard Martinez

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Prevalence of involvement in the criminal justice system during severe mania and associated symptomatology, Paul P. Christopher, Patrick J. McCabe, and William H. Fisher

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Characteristics of children with juvenile bipolar disorder or disruptive behavior disorders and negative mood: can they be distinguished in the clinical setting?, Daniel F. Connor and Leonard A. Doerfler

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Patterns of Psychotherapy Attendance in Emerging and Mature Adults, Maryann Davis, William H. Fisher, Charles W. Lidz, and Bernice Gershenson

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Between Adolescence and Adulthood: Rehabilitation Research to Improve Services for Youth and Young adults, Maryann Davis, Nancy Koroloff, and Marsha Langer Ellison

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Social network analysis of child and adult interorganizational connections, Maryann Davis, Nancy Koroloff, and Matthew Johnsen

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Using Life Coaches to Provide Vocational Supports to Emerging Adults, Maryann Davis and Ashli J. Sheidow

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Participatory action research and young adults with psychiatric disabilities, Jonathan Delman

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Relationships as the Foundation of Shared Decision Making: The Experience of Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions, Jonathan Delman

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Heart Disease, Leonard A. Doerfler and John A. Paraskos

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Health Status, Neighborhood Socioeconomic Context, and Premature Mortality in the United States: The National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study, Chyke A. Doubeni, Mario Schootman, Jacqueline M. Major, Rosalie A. Torres Stone, Adeyinka O. Laiyemo, Yikyung Park, Min Lian, Lynne Messer, Barry I. Graubard, Rashmi Sinha, Albert R. Hollenbeck, and Arthur Schatzkin

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An assessment of satisfaction with ambulatory child psychiatry consultation services to primary care providers by parents of children with emotional and behavioral needs: the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project University of Massachusetts Parent Satisfaction Study, Yael Dvir, Melodie Wenz-Gross, Mary Jeffers-Terry, and Peter Metz

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Supporting the Education Goals of Post-9/11 Veterans with Self-Reported PTSD Symptoms: A Needs Assessment, Marsha Langer Ellison, Lisa Mueller, David A. Smelson, Patrick W. Corrigan, Rosalie A. Torres Stone, Barbara G. Bokhour, Lisa M. Najavits, Jennifer M. Vessella, and Charles Drebing

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Breakout Session: "Dissemination: Challenges and Successes in Working with Communities", Carl E. Fulwiler and Marie Hobart

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Amygdala-orbitofrontal resting-state functional connectivity is associated with trait anger, Carl E. Fulwiler, Jean A. King, and Nanyin Zhang

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Patient-centered, recovery-oriented psychiatric care and treatment are not always voluntary, Jeffrey L. Geller

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Best practices: Visions for best practices in using coercion in mental health care, Jeffrey L. Geller and William M. Glazer

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Do deaf individuals’ dating scripts follow the traditional sexual script?, Gizelle L. Gilbert, Melissa L. Anderson, and M. Diane Clark

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Addressing Tobacco Through Organizational Change (ATTOC) in Residential Addiction Treatment Settings, Joseph Guydish, Douglas M. Ziedonis, Barbara Tajima, Gregory Seward, Emma Passalacqua, Mable Chan, Kevin Delucchi, Lucy Zammarelli, Michael Levy, Monika Kolodziej, and Greg Brigham

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Harmonizing databases? Developing a quasi-experimental design to evaluate a public mental health re-entry program, Stephanie W. Hartwell, Xiaogang Deng, William H. Fisher, Carl E. Fulwiler, Usha Sambamoorthi, Craig Johnson, Debra A. Pinals, Lisa Sampson, and Julianne Siegfriedt

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Gender Differences in the Fagerström Test for Nicotine Dependence in Korean Americans, Sun Kim, (Julia) Hua Fang, Joseph R. DiFranza, Douglas M. Ziedonis, and Grace X. Ma

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Gender-Specific Factors Associated with Readiness to Quit Smoking among Korean Americans, Sun Kim, David Kalman, and Douglas M. Ziedonis

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A Systematic Review of Smoking Cessation Intervention Studies in China, Sun S. Kim, Wei Chen, Monika Kolodziej, Xue Wang, Victoria J. Wang, and Douglas M. Ziedonis

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Culture and Smoking Among Vietnamese Americans in Central Massachusetts, Sun S. Kim, Thu Ha Len, and Hoa L. Nguyen