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 2010

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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

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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What to do with Contradictory Data? Approaches to the Integration of Multiple Malingering Measures, Barry Rosenfeld, Debbie Green, Ekaterina Pivovarova, Tia Dole, and Patricia A. Zapf

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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

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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

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The revolution in forensic ethics: narrative, compassion, and a robust professionalism, Philip J. Candilis

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Advances in Informed Consent Research, Philip J. Candilis and Charles W. Lidz

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Female fear: influence of estrus cycle on behavioral response and neuronal activation, Wei Chen, Jessica Shields, Wei Huang, and Jean A. King

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MISSION Diversion & Recovery for Traumatized Veterans (MISSION DIRECT VET): Early Planning and Development, Paul P. Christopher, William H. Fisher, Mary Ellen G. Foti, Carl E. Fulwiler, Albert J. Grudzinskas, Stephanie W. Hartwell, David Smelson, and Debra A. Pinals

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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and comorbid oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorder, Daniel F. Connor and Leonard A. Doerfler

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Regional Differences and Race Effects in Mental Health Symptoms Among Juvenile Offenders, Nathan E. Cook, Gina M. Vincent, and Thomas Grisso

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Patient--provider communication: understanding the role of patient activation for Latinos in mental health treatment, Dharma E. Cortes, Norah Mulvaney-Day, Lisa R. Fortuna, Sarah Reinfeld, and Margarita Alegria

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Justice system involvement into young adulthood: comparison of adolescent girls in the public mental health system and in the general population, Maryann Davis, William H. Fisher, Bernice Gershenson, Albert J. Grudzinskas, and Steven M. Banks

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The Service System Obstacle Course for Transition-Age Youth and Young Adults, Maryann Davis, Melanie Green, and Cheri Hoffman

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Developing the DMH Research Agenda – Stakeholder Focus Groups, Jonathan Delman, R. Dougherty, and S. Perlman

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Service Users as Paid Research Workers: Principles for Active Involvement and Good Practice Guidance, Jonathan Delman and Alisa K. Lincoln

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Brain Dysfunction and Community Violence in Patients With Major Mental Illness, Wayne M. Dinn, David A. Gansler, Nancy Moczynski, and Carl E. Fulwiler

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Sex and Aggression: The Relationship Between Gender and Abuse Experience in Youngsters Referred to Residential Treatment, Leonard A. Doerfler, Peter F. Toscano Jr., and Daniel F. Connor

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Psychosis as a risk factor for violence to others: a meta-analysis, Kevin S. Douglas, Laura S. Guy, and Stephen D. Hart

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A Comparison of Voxel-Based Morphometry and Volumetry Methods in the Context of the Neural Basis of Aggression, Britt C. Emerton, Matthew Jerram, Thilo Deckersbach, Darin D. Dougherty, Carl E. Fulwiler, and David A. Gansler

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Oxytocin modulates unconditioned fear response in lactating dams: an fMRI study, Marcelo Febo, Jessica Shields, Craig F. Ferris, and Jean A. King

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Politics, Daniel B. Fisher

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The changing role of the state psychiatric hospital, William H. Fisher, Jeffrey L. Geller, and John A. Pandiani

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Minority and Refugee Clients, Lisa R. Fortuna

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A qualitative study of clinicians' use of the cultural formulation model in assessing posttraumatic stress disorder, Lisa R. Fortuna, Michelle V. Porche, and Margarita Alegria

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Parents with a Mental Illness and Implementation of the Adoption and Safe Families Act, Barbara J. Friesen, Joanne Nicholson, Katharine Kaplan, and Phyllis Solomon

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Book Review: The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment, 4th edition, Carl E. Fulwiler

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The Mental Health Agency Research Network (MHARN): Developing a statewide network for knowledge sharing, technical assistance & collaborative research, Carl E. Fulwiler, Kathleen Biebel, Susan M. Doiron, Lisa M. Smith, Kim Smith, and Douglas M. Ziedonis

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A multivariate approach to aggression and the orbital frontal cortex in psychiatric patients, David A. Gansler, Nicole C. R. McLaughlin, Lisa Iguchi, Matthew Jerram, Dana W. Moore, Rafeeque A. Bhadelia, and Carl E. Fulwiler

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Addressing tobacco dependence in psychiatric practice: promises and pitfalls, Tony P. George and Douglas M. Ziedonis

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MySpace or YourSpace? Using MySpace.com and other web pages in forensic evaluations of adolescents and children, Jessica L. Griffin

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Personal accounts: Jack and the clubhouse road to recovery, John Grillo

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Foreword: Handbook of Violence Risk Assessment and Treatment: New Approaches for Mental Health Professionals, Thomas Grisso

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Legal Questions about Juveniles’ Capacities, Thomas Grisso

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The Pit & the Pendulum: Sex Offender Laws, Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr., John Paul Federoff, Fabian M. Saleh, Samuel J-J Leistedt, Don Grubin, University Hospital Hamburg, Michael Bunzel, Richard P. Cody, Lisa Murphy, and Melissa Martineau

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The impact of regionalization on reentry service outcomes for individuals with severe mental illness, Stephanie W. Hartwell, William H. Fisher, and Xiaogang Deng

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Supporting clubhouse members in their role as parents: necessary conditions for policy and practice initiatives, Beth R. Hinden, Toni Wolf, Kathleen Biebel, and Joanne Nicholson

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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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An Observational Descriptive Study of IRB Decision Making, Charles W. Lidz, Philip J. Candilis, Kenneth L. Appelbaum, Robert M. Arnold, Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr., Suzanne Garverich, Kim Smith, Tara Zandi, Antonia Seligowski, William Gardner, John Grillo, 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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Association of Demographic Factors and Comorbid Diagnoses with Crime Typein an Arrest Cohort with Schizophrenia and/or Related Psychosis, Patrick J. McCabe, Nicholas Druhn, William H. Fisher, Kristen M. Roy-Bujnowski, Lorna J. Simon, and Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr.

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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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Knowledge Exchange as Program Evaluation: The Family Networks Implementation Study as a Case Example, Joanne Nicholson, Jodi Adams, Susan Maciolek, and Kathleen Biebel

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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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Are Measures of Cognitive Effort and Motivation Useful in Differentiating Feigned from Genuine Psychiatric Symptoms?, Ekaterina Pivovarova, Barry Rosenfeld, Tia Dole, Debbie Green, and Patricia A. Zapf

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Psychological testing in violence risk assessment, Barry Rosenfeld and Ekaterina Pivovarova

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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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Lifetime Alcohol Abuse Prevalence: Role of Childhood and Adult Religion, Amy B. Wachholtz, Lisa R. Fortuna, Michelle V. Porche, and Rosalie A. Torres Stone

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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

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Integration of the ATTOC 12-Steps into the UMass Tobacco-Free Initiative, Douglas M. Ziedonis, Lisa Beittel, Gregory Seward, Leon Sawh, and Sarah Baker

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