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 2009

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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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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

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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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Supporting Clubhouse Members in their Role as Parents, Kathleen Biebel, Betsy Hinden, and Toni Wolf

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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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Multicultural Academic Interest Group: Promoting Multicultural Research, Education & Services, Lisa R. Fortuna, Rosalie A. Torres Stone, Sun Kim, and Felicia Kuo

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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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Incorporating Tobacco Cessation with Health Promotion Activities in a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Clubhouse, Colleen E. McKay, Gregory Seward, and Douglas M. Ziedonis

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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