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).

Our mission mirrors DMH's commitment to collaborating with other state agencies, consumers, families, advocates, providers, and communities. We strive for the broadest possible dissemination of our research with the goal of informing all stakeholders as to the state of the science. DMH and SPARC are aligned in their vision of promoting mental health through early intervention, treatment, education, policy and regulation to provide opportunities for citizens of the Commonwealth to live full and productive lives.

Our Center has internationally recognized expertise in program development, services research, quantitative and qualitative research methods, forensic/legal and human rights issues, child and family mental health issues, transitional youth, and co-occurring disorders.

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 2009

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Policy, Funding, and Sustainability: Issues and Recommendations for Promoting Effective Transition Systems, Cheri Hoffman, Craig Anne Heflinger, Michele Athay, and Maryann Davis

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Clavulanic acid: a competitive inhibitor of beta-lactamases with novel anxiolytic-like activity and minimal side effects, Deog J. Kim, Jean A. King, Lisa Zuccarelli, Craig F. Ferris, Gary A. Koppel, Charles T. Snowdon, and Chang H. Ahn

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The Relationship Between Military Service Eras and Psychosocial Treatment Needs Among Homeless Veterans With a Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorder, Anna Kline, Lanora Callahan, Mark Butler, Lauren St. Hill, Miklos F. Losonczy, and David Smelson

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Under Construction: Linkages between Youth and Adult Systems after Expanding Transition Services, Nancy Koroloff, Maryann Davis, Matthew Johnsen, and Barbara E. Starrett

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Therapeutic misconception and the limits of ethnography. A commentary on Timmermans and McKay, Charles W. Lidz

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Competing commitments in clinical trials, Charles W. Lidz, Paul S. Appelbaum, Steven Joffe, Karen Albert, Jill Rosenbaum, and Lorna J. Simon

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The BMC ACCESS project: the development of a medically enhanced safe haven shelter, Alisa K. Lincoln, Peggy Johnson, Dennis Espejo, Sara Plachta-Elliott, Peggy Lester, Christopher Shanahan, Susan Abbott, Howard Cabral, Amber Jamanka, Jonathan Delman, and Patty Kenny

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Transforming Dissatisfaction with Services into Self-Determination: A Social Psychological Perspective on Community Program Effectiveness, Cathaleene Macias, Elliot Aronson, William A. Hargreaves, Gifford Weary, Paul J. Barreira, John Harvey, Charles F. Rodican, Leonard Bickman, and William H. Fisher

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Preference in random assignment: implications for the interpretation of randomized trials, Cathaleene Macias, Paul B. Gold, William A. Hargreaves, Elliot Aronson, Leonard Bickman, Paul J. Barreira, Danson R. Jones, Charles F. Rodican, and William H. Fisher

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Differential Contributions of Lateral Prefrontal Cortex Regions to Visual Memory Processes, Nicole C. R. McLaughlin, Dana W. Moore, Carl E. Fulwiler, Rafeeque A. Bhadelia, and David A. Gansler

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Hemispheric connectivity and the visual-spatial divergent-thinking component of creativity, Dana W. Moore, Rafeeque A. Bhadelia, Rebecca L. Billings, Carl E. Fulwiler, Kenneth M. Heilman, Kenneth M. J. Rood, and David A. Gansler

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Psychiatric symptoms among juveniles incarcerated in adult prison, Daniel C. Murrie, Craig E. Henderson, Gina M. Vincent, Jennifer L. Rockett, and Cynthia Mundt

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Why does informed consent fail? A discourse analytic approach, David E. Ness, Scott F. Kiesling, and Charles W. Lidz

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Building the evidence base for families living with parental mental illness, Joanne Nicholson

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Family options for parents with mental illnesses: a developmental, mixed methods pilot study, Joanne Nicholson, Karen Albert, Bernice Gershenson, Valerie Williams, and Kathleen Biebel

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Why not support(ed) parenting, Joanne Nicholson and William Deveney

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Capturing the ebb and flow of psychiatric symptoms with dynamical systems models, Candice L. Odgers, Edward P. Mulvey, Jennifer L. Skeem, William Gardner, Charles W. Lidz, and Carol Schubert

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Sex Offenders: Identification, Risk Assessment, Treatment, and Legal Issues, Fabian M. Saleh, Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr., John M. Bradford, and Daniel J. Brodsky

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Aggression in Dating Relationships Compared by Country of Origin, Antonia Seligowski and Doe West

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A pilot study of early childhood mental health consultation for children with behavioral problems in preschool, Carole C. Upshur, Melodie Wenz-Gross, and George W. Reed

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The Use of Actuarial Risk Assessment Instruments in Sex Offenders, Gina M. Vincent, Shannon M. Maney, and Stephen D. Hart

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Risk/Needs Tools for Antisocial Behavior and Violence Among Youthful Populations, Gina M. Vincent, Anna M. Terry, and Shannon M. Maney

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Criminal Responsibility of Adolescents: Youth As Junior Citizenship, Ido Weijers and Thomas Grisso

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A Wellness Approach to Addressing Tobacco in Mental Health Settings: Learning About Healthy Living, Jill M. Williams, Douglas M. Ziedonis, Betty Vreeland, Nancy Speelman-Edwards, Michelle R. Zechner, Mark T. Williams, Raquel Rahim, Linda Karimi, Margaret Molnar, and Robert Eilers

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Psychological distress as a barrier to preventive healthcare among U.S. women, Whitney P. Witt, Robert S. Kahn, Lisa R. Fortuna, Jonathan P. Winickoff, Karen Kuhlthau, Paul A. Pirraglia, and Timothy G. Ferris

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Predictors of outcome for short-term medically supervised opioid withdrawal during a randomized, multicenter trial of buprenorphine-naloxone and clonidine in the NIDA clinical trials network drug and alcohol dependence, Douglas M. Ziedonis, Leslie Amass, Marc Steinberg, George Woody, Jonathan Krejci, Jeffrey J. Annon, Allan J. Cohen, Nancy Waite-O'Brien, Susan M. Stine, Dennis McCarty, Malcolm S. Reid, Lawrence S. Brown, Robert Maslansky, Theresa Winhusen, Dean Babcock, Greg Brigham, Joan Muir, Deborah Orr, Betty J. Buchan, Terry Horton, and Walter Ling

Publications from 2008

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Assessment and treatment of correctional inmates with ADHD, Kenneth L. Appelbaum

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Book Review: "Correctional Psychiatry: Practice Guidelines and Strategies", Kenneth L. Appelbaum

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Correctional Mental Health Research: Opportunities and Barriers, Kenneth L. Appelbaum

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Inmates with ADHD, Kenneth L. Appelbaum

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The Therapeutic Misconception, Paul S. Appelbaum and Charles W. Lidz

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Expenditures in mental illness and substance use disorders among veteran clinic users with diabetes, Ranjana Banerjea, Usha Sambamoorthi, David Smelson, and Leonard M. Pogach

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Commentary: Client Involvement in Public Administration Research and Evaluation, Richard H. Beinecke and Jonathan Delman

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Creating the Organizational Capacity to Serve Families with Parental Mental Illness: The Implementation of Family Options, Kathleen Biebel and Katherine Woolsey

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Emergency department initiated treatments for tobacco (EDITT): a pilot study, Edwin D. Boudreaux, Brigitte M. Baumann, Jeneva Perry, Donald Marks, Susanna Francies, Carlos A. Camargo, and Douglas M. Ziedonis

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A direct comparison of research decision-making capacity: schizophrenia/schizoaffective, medically ill, and non-ill subjects, Philip J. Candilis, Kenneth E. Fletcher, Cynthia M. A. Geppert, Charles W. Lidz, and Paul S. Appelbaum

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ADHD with comorbid oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorder: discrete or nondistinct disruptive behavior disorders, Daniel F. Connor and Leonard A. Doerfler

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The Influence of Psychosocial Maturity on Adolescent Offenders' Delinquent Behavior, Keith R. Cruise, Krissie Fernandez, Wendy K. McCoy, Laura S. Guy, Lori H. Colwell, and Tanisha R. Douglas

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Separation anxiety and panic disorder in clinically referred youth, Leonard A. Doerfler, Peter F. Toscano Jr., and Daniel F. Connor

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Evaluation of the 40 Hours per Month Work Requirement for MassHealth’s CommonHealth Working Program, Marsha Langer Ellison, Leslie Olin, Lobat Hashemi, and Mihail D. Samnaliev

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Professionals and managers with severe mental illnesses: findings from a national survey, Marsha Langer Ellison, Zlatka Russinova, Asya Lyass, and E. Sally Rogers

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How Do Employment Outcomes of Medicaid Buy-In Participants Vary Based on Prior Medicaid Coverage? An Example from Massachusetts, Marsha Langer Ellison, Mihail D. Samnaliev, Alexis D. Henry, Jody Schimmel Beauchamp, Annette Shea, and Jay S. Himmelstein

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Promoting Recovery, Daniel B. Fisher

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Using Criminal Justice Involvement as a Mental Health Outcome Measure: Issues in Interpretation and Measurement, William H. Fisher

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Disparities in Child and Adolescent Psychoactive Medication Prescription Practices by Race and Ethnicity, Lisa R. Fortuna, Carl E. Fulwiler, Rosalie A. Torres Stone, Lisa M. Smith, and Kathleen Biebel

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Political violence, psychosocial trauma, and the context of mental health services use among immigrant Latinos in the United States, Lisa R. Fortuna, Michelle V. Porche, and Margarita Alegria

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Commentary: is CIT today's lobotomy, Jeffrey L. Geller

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Adolescent Offenders with Mental Disorders, Thomas Grisso

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Correspondence between self-report and interview-based assessments of antisocial personality disorder, Laura S. Guy, Norman G. Poythress, Kevin S. Douglas, Jennifer L. Skeem, and John F. Edens

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The relationship of personal assistance service utilization to other Medicaid payments among working-age adults with disabilities, Lobat Hashemi, Alexis D. Henry, Marsha Langer Ellison, Steven M. Banks, Raymond E. Glazier, and Jay S. Himmelstein

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Foundations of Forensic Mental Health Assessment, Kirk Heilbrun, Thomas Grisso, and Alan M. Goldstein

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When Parents with Severe Mental Illness Lose Contact with Their Children: Are Psychiatric Symptoms or Substance Use to Blame, Danson Jones, Rosemarie Lillianne Macias, Paul B. Gold, Paul J. Barreira, and William H. Fisher

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Psychometric properties of the alcohol use disorders identification test: a Korean version, Sun S. Kim, Elsie E. Gulick, Kyoung A. Nam, and Seong-Ho Kim

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Evaluation of Juveniles' Competence to Stand Trial, Ivan Kruh and Thomas Grisso

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Competency to Be Sentenced, Kimberly A. Larson and M. P. Griffin

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Waiver of Postconviction Relief (PCR) and PCR Counsel, Kimberly A. Larson and Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr.

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Imaging brain activation in nicotine-sensitized rats, Zhixin Li, Joseph R. DiFranza, Robert J. Wellman, Praveen P. Kulkarni, and Jean A. King

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The Massachusetts Family Networks Implementation Study, Susan Maciolek, Joanne Nicholson, Jodi Adams, Bernice Gershenson, Katherine Woolsey, and Brenda Warren

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The Family Networks Implementation Study, Susan Maciolek, Joanne Nicholson, Nicole Dube, Jodi Adams, and Bernice Gershenson

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Mothers with Mental Health Disorders: Mental Health Promotion in the Context of Parenting, Joanne Nicholson, Elizabeth A. Aaker, Michael Agar, Karen Albert, Steven M. Banks, Kathleen Biebel, Bernice Gershenson, Antonia Seligowski, Valerie Williams, Brenda Warren, Sierra Williams, and Katherine Woolsey

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Building the Foundation for the Family Options Project, Joanne Nicholson, Kathleen Biebel, Valerie Williams, and Karen Albert

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Children of Parents with Mental Illnesses, Joanne Nicholson, Janice Cooper, Rachel Freed, and Mareasa R. Isaacs

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Implementation Challenges in Wrapping Interventions Around Families Living with Parental Mental Illness, Joanne Nicholson, Beth R. Hinden, Joan Mikula, Kathleen Biebel, Valerie Williams, Katherine Woolsey, and Elizabeth A. Aaker

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Parenting, Joanne Nicholson and Laura Miller

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Prevalence and Correlates of Everyday Discrimination among U.S. Latinos, Debra Joy Perez, Lisa R. Fortuna, and Margarita Alegria

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Exploring the Concept of “Young Carer” in Families Living with Parental Mental Illness, Antonia Seligowski, Peter McNamee, Karen Albert, Valerie Williams, and Joanne Nicholson

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The role of 5-HT1A receptors in the behavioral responses associated with innate fear, Jessica Shields and Jean A. King

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Supporting Parents with Psychiatric Disabilities and Promoting Recovery: An International Challenge, Peter van der Ende and Joanne Nicholson

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The use of the MacCAT-CA with adolescents: an item response theory investigation of age-related measurement bias, Jodi L. Viljoen, Kathleen L. Slaney, and Thomas Grisso

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Juvenile Psychopathy: A Clinical Construct in Need of Restraint?, Gina M. Vincent and John F. Edens

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Sex and race differences in mental health symptoms in juvenile justice: the MAYSI-2 national meta-analysis, Gina M. Vincent, Thomas Grisso, Anna Terry, and Steven M. Banks

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The Use of Psychopathy in Violence Risk Assessments of Adolescent Females, Gina M. Vincent and Robert Kinscherff

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The PCL: YV and recidivism in male and female juveniles: a follow-up into young adulthood, Gina M. Vincent, Candice L. Odgers, Amanda V. McMcormick, and Raymond R. Corrado

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Impact of Mental Health Screening with the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument (MAYSI-2) in Juvenile Detention, Valerie F. Williams and Thomas Grisso

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Mental Health Screening: Pennsylvania's Experience In Juvenile Detention, Valerie Williams, Thomas Grisso, Melissa Valentine, and Nicole Remsburg

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Tobacco use and cessation in psychiatric disorders: National Institute of Mental Health report, Douglas M. Ziedonis, Brian Hitsman, Jean C. Beckham, Michael Zvolensky, Lawrence E. Adler, Janet Audrain-McGovern, Naomi Breslau, Richard A. Brown, Tony P. George, Jill Williams, Patrick S. Calhoun, and William T. Riley

Publications from 2007

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Re-evaluating the therapeutic misconception: response to Miller and Joffe, Paul S. Appelbaum and Charles W. Lidz

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Chronic illness with complexities: mental illness and substance use among Veteran clinic users with diabetes, Ranjana Banerjea, Usha Sambamoorthi, David A. Smelson, and Leonard M. Pogach

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Access to health care for nonmetro and metro Latinos of Mexican origin in the United States, Terceira A. Berdahl, James B. Kirby, and Rosalie A. Torres Stone

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Developmental Considerations for Forensic Assessment in Delinquency Cases, Randy Borum and Thomas Grisso

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Professional development in forensic psychiatry: the role of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Philip J. Candilis and Joseph B. Layde

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Forensic Ethics and the Expert Witness, Philip J. Candilis, Robert Weinstock, and Richard Martinez

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Gender differences in mental health symptoms among delinquent and community youths, Elizabeth Cauffman, Frances J. Lexcen, Asha Goldweber, Elizabeth P. Shulman, and Thomas Grisso

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Imaging unconditioned fear response with manganese-enhanced MRI (MEMRI), Wei Chen, Jeffrey R. Tenney, Praveen P. Kulkarni, and Jean A. King

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Conduct disorder subtype and comorbidity, Daniel F. Connor, Julian D. Ford, David B. Albert, and Leonard A. Doerfler

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Acculturative stress, social support, and coping: relations to psychological adjustment among Mexican American college students, Lisa J. Crockett, Maria I. Iturbide, Rosalie A. Torres Stone, Meredith McGinley, Marcela Raffaelli, and Gustavo Carlo

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Pioneering Transition Programs; The Establishment of Programs that Span the Ages Served by Child and Adult Mental Health, Maryann Davis

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Arrests of adolescent clients of a public mental health system during adolescence and young adulthood, Maryann Davis, Steven M. Banks, William H. Fisher, Bernice Gershenson, and Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr.

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Consumer Driven and Conducted Survey Research in Action, Jonathan Delman

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Panic disorder in clinically referred children and adolescents, Leonard A. Doerfler, Daniel F. Connor, Adam M. Volungis, and Peter F. Toscano Jr.

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The Personality Assessment Inventory as a proxy for the Psychopathy Checklist Revised: testing the incremental validity and cross-sample robustness of the Antisocial Features Scale, Kevin S. Douglas, Laura S. Guy, John F. Edens, Douglas P. Boer, and Jennine Hamilton

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How Consumers Step Up to Design a Truly Recovery-based Mental Health System, Daniel B. Fisher

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Forensic mental illness and other policy misadventures. Commentary on "extending assertive community treatment to criminal justice settings: origins, current evidence, and future directions", William H. Fisher and Robert E. Drake

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Drug-related arrests in a cohort of public mental health service recipients, William H. Fisher, Nancy Wolff, Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr., Kristen M. Roy-Bujnowski, Steven M. Banks, and Jonathan C. Clayfield

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Prevalence and correlates of lifetime suicidal ideation and suicide attempts among Latino subgroups in the United States, Lisa R. Fortuna, Debra Joy Perez, Glorisa Canino, William Sribney, and Margarita Alegria

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Personal accounts: invisible on judgment day, Jeffrey L. Geller

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Do childhood mental disorders cause adult crime, Thomas Grisso

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Progress and perils in the juvenile justice and mental health movement, Thomas Grisso

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Empirical Support for the HCR‐20: A Critical Analysis of the Violence Literature, Laura S. Guy and Catherine M. Wilson

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Clinical trials and medical care: defining the therapeutic misconception, Gail E. Henderson, Larry R. Churchill, Arlene M. Davis, Michele M. Easter, Christine Grady, Steven Joffe, Nancy Kass, Nancy M. P. King, Charles W. Lidz, Franklin G. Miller, Daniel K. Nelson, Jeffrey Peppercorn, Barbra Bluestone Rothschild, Pamela Sankar, Benjamin S. Wilfond, and Catherine R. Zimmer