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Editor: Marsha Langer Ellison, UMass Psychiatry - Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center (iSPARC)

Psychiatry Information in Brief is a journal devoted to the dissemination of behavioral health information. This journal focuses on translating research findings into concise, user-friendly information that is accessible to all. It incorporates an array of dissemination products including:

  • Psychiatry Issue Briefs: Concise research findings with real-world recommendations and action items for providers and consumers of mental health services
  • Research in the Works: Brief one page descriptions of on-going research at the UMass Department of Psychiatry
  • Research You Can Use: Research findings from literature reviews, white papers, and other research aimed at busy providers
  • Transitions ACR: Publications aimed at improving supports for youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions

View the latest issue: How to Talk about Mental Health: Addressing Misunderstandings about Mental Health in the Media. This tip sheet was developed as a collaboration between the Massachusetts Statewide Youth Advisory Council (SYAC) and the Learning and Working Center at the Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research (TACR) to clear up some common misunderstandings about mental health conditions and to share strategies to talk about mental health in a more accurate and more helpful way.

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Recent Content

Access to Care

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Deaf ACCESS: Adapting Consent through Community Engagement and State-of-the-Art Simulation [English and Spanish versions]
Melissa L. Anderson, Timothy Riker, Kurt Gagne, Stephanie Hakulin, Jonah Meehan, Elizabeth Stout, Todd Higgins, Emma Pici-D’Ottavio, Kelsey Cappetta, and Anne Prusky

Subject Area: Access to Care, Community Based Participatory Research, Education and Training, Health Disparities, Multicultural

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Integration of Primary Health Care & Wellness Services Into a Community Mental Health Center
Marie Hobart

Subject Area: Access to Care, Mental Health and Primary Care, Service Systems, Wellness

Children

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Evaluation and Impact of Trauma Informed Training on Child Professionals: UMMS Child Trauma Training Center (CTTC)
Zlatina Kostova, Jessica L. Griffin, and Genevieve Kane-Howse

Subject Area: Children, Education and Training, Trauma

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Using Risk Assessment and Risk-Needs-Responsivity Principles in Juvenile Justice [English and Spanish versions]
Gina M. Vincent

Subject Area: Children, Juvenile Justice, Legal Issues, Risk Assessment

Community Based Participatory Research

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Tips and Tricks to Starting a Young Adult Council Part 1: 10 Steps to Starting a Young Adult Advisory Council [English and Spanish versions]
Raphael Mizrahi and Amanda Costa

Subject Area: Community Based Participatory Research, Transition Age Youth

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Tips and Tricks to Starting a Young Adult Council Part 2: The Do’s and Don’ts of Young Adult Councils [English and Spanish versions]
Raphael Mizrahi and Amanda Costa

Subject Area: Community Based Participatory Research, Transition Age Youth

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Deaf ACCESS: Adapting Consent through Community Engagement and State-of-the-Art Simulation [English and Spanish versions]
Melissa L. Anderson, Timothy Riker, Kurt Gagne, Stephanie Hakulin, Jonah Meehan, Elizabeth Stout, Todd Higgins, Emma Pici-D’Ottavio, Kelsey Cappetta, and Anne Prusky

Subject Area: Access to Care, Community Based Participatory Research, Education and Training, Health Disparities, Multicultural

Depression

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Adapting and Testing the Feasibility of a Prenatal Intervention for Low-Income Parents [English and Spanish versions]
Nancy Byatt and Maureen Perry_Jenkins

Subject Area: Depression, Family, Health Disparities, Parenting

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PRogram In Support of Moms (PRISM) Research Study [English and Spanish versions]
Linda Brenckle, Kathleen Biebel, and Nancy Byatt

Subject Area: Depression, Family, Parenting

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Listening to Mothers: What's Helpful for Mothers Experiencing Perinatal Depression [English and Spanish versions]
Nancy Byatt, Kathleen Biebel, Gifty Debordes-Jackson, and Liz Friedman

Subject Area: Depression, Family, Parenting

Education and Training

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TACR Shorts: College Accommodations Comic
Anwyn Gatesy-Davis, Marina Gatesy-Davis, and Transitions ACR

Subject Area: Education and Training, Transition Age Youth

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Evaluation and Impact of Trauma Informed Training on Child Professionals: UMMS Child Trauma Training Center (CTTC)
Zlatina Kostova, Jessica L. Griffin, and Genevieve Kane-Howse

Subject Area: Children, Education and Training, Trauma

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Supporting the Educational Goals of Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions
Marsha Langer Ellison, Michelle G. Mullen, and Deirdre G. Logan

Subject Area: Education and Training, Transition Age Youth

Employment

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Supporting Employment for Young Adults Living with Mental Health Conditions
Marsha Langer Ellison and Michelle G. Mullen

Subject Area: Employment, Transition Age Youth

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WIOA: New Law Helps Youth & Young Adults Get Jobs – What Families Need to Know
Deirdre G. Logan and Laura Golden

Subject Area: Education and Training, Employment, Family, Service Systems, Transition Age Youth

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Testing Whether Multisystemic Therapy for Emerging Adults Can Reduce Their Justice System Involvement
Bernadette Shaw, Michael Peters, Deirdre G. Logan, Ashli Sheidow, and Maryann Davis

Subject Area: Employment, Legal Issues, Transition Age Youth

Ethics

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Central IRBs: Enhanced Protections for Research Participants [English and Spanish versions]
Ekaterina Pivovarova and Charles W. Lidz

Subject Area: Ethics, Policy, Service Systems

Family

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For Families or Caregivers: Self-Care is Putting on YOUR Oxygen Mask First
Transitions ACR

Subject Area: Family, Parenting, Transition Age Youth, Wellness

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WIOA: New Law Helps Youth & Young Adults Get Jobs – What Families Need to Know
Deirdre G. Logan and Laura Golden

Subject Area: Education and Training, Employment, Family, Service Systems, Transition Age Youth

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Adapting and Testing the Feasibility of a Prenatal Intervention for Low-Income Parents [English and Spanish versions]
Nancy Byatt and Maureen Perry_Jenkins

Subject Area: Depression, Family, Health Disparities, Parenting

Health Disparities

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Adapting and Testing the Feasibility of a Prenatal Intervention for Low-Income Parents [English and Spanish versions]
Nancy Byatt and Maureen Perry_Jenkins

Subject Area: Depression, Family, Health Disparities, Parenting

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Deaf ACCESS: Adapting Consent through Community Engagement and State-of-the-Art Simulation [English and Spanish versions]
Melissa L. Anderson, Timothy Riker, Kurt Gagne, Stephanie Hakulin, Jonah Meehan, Elizabeth Stout, Todd Higgins, Emma Pici-D’Ottavio, Kelsey Cappetta, and Anne Prusky

Subject Area: Access to Care, Community Based Participatory Research, Education and Training, Health Disparities, Multicultural

HIV/AIDS

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Spirituality in HIV+ Patient Care
Joni L. Utley and Amy B. Wachholtz

Subject Area: HIV/AIDS, Spirituality

Juvenile Justice

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Preventing Prison Rape: Designing and Validating a PREA Screening Tool for Pre-trial Juvenile Detention Centers [English and Spanish versions]
Gina M. Vincent, Jack Fitzgerald, and Patricia Nunez

Subject Area: Juvenile Justice, Transition Age Youth, Violence

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Using Risk Assessment and Risk-Needs-Responsivity Principles in Juvenile Justice [English and Spanish versions]
Gina M. Vincent

Subject Area: Children, Juvenile Justice, Legal Issues, Risk Assessment

Legal Issues

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Testing Whether Multisystemic Therapy for Emerging Adults Can Reduce Their Justice System Involvement
Bernadette Shaw, Michael Peters, Deirdre G. Logan, Ashli Sheidow, and Maryann Davis

Subject Area: Employment, Legal Issues, Transition Age Youth

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Saving Money for a Better Life: What Can the ABLE Act Do for Me? [English and Spanish versions]
Raphael Mizrahi, Tania Duperoy, and Deirdre G. Logan

Subject Area: Legal Issues, Transition Age Youth

Mental Health and Primary Care

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eMental Health Bridges Project: A Web Site Development Project to Provide Needed Mental and Physical Health Information to People with Serious Mental Illness [English and Spanish versions]
Elaine R. Martin, Joanne Nicholson, Kathleen Biebel, Len L. Levin, Zlatina Kostova, and Scott Ahrens

Subject Area: Education and Training, Health Disparities, Mental Health and Primary Care

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Getting Acquainted with Stigma: A Brief Introduction [English and Spanish versions]
Stephanie Rodrigues

Subject Area: Health Disparities, Mental Health and Primary Care

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Integration of Primary Health Care & Wellness Services Into a Community Mental Health Center
Marie Hobart

Subject Area: Access to Care, Mental Health and Primary Care, Service Systems, Wellness

Mindfulness

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Using Mindfulness for Increasing Provider Capacity to Support Inner City Survivors of Violence [English and Spanish versions]
Julianna Andrews, Stephanie W. Hartwell, Carl E. Fulwiler, and Jeroan J. Allison

Subject Area: Mindfulness, Violence

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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapies for Behavioral Health Disorders [English and Spanish versions]
Jeremiah Slutsky, Jay Byron, and Carl E. Fulwiler

Subject Area: Mindfulness

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Mindfulness and Health [English and Spanish versions]
Carl E. Fulwiler and Fernando de Torrijos

Subject Area: Mindfulness

Multicultural

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Deaf ACCESS: Adapting Consent through Community Engagement and State-of-the-Art Simulation [English and Spanish versions]
Melissa L. Anderson, Timothy Riker, Kurt Gagne, Stephanie Hakulin, Jonah Meehan, Elizabeth Stout, Todd Higgins, Emma Pici-D’Ottavio, Kelsey Cappetta, and Anne Prusky

Subject Area: Access to Care, Community Based Participatory Research, Education and Training, Health Disparities, Multicultural

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Phase 1 – Community Forums Deaf ACCESS: Adapting Consent Through Community Engagement and State-Of-The-Art Simulation [English and Spanish versions]
Melissa L. Anderson, Timothy Riker, Kurt Gagne, Stephanie Hakulin, Todd Higgins, Elizabeth Stout, and Kelsey Cappetta

Subject Area: Community Based Participatory Research, Multicultural

Neuroscience

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What Were You Thinking? Brain Development in Young Adults
Raphael Mizrahi

Subject Area: Neuroscience, Transition Age Youth

Parenting

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For Families or Caregivers: Self-Care is Putting on YOUR Oxygen Mask First
Transitions ACR

Subject Area: Family, Parenting, Transition Age Youth, Wellness

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Adapting and Testing the Feasibility of a Prenatal Intervention for Low-Income Parents [English and Spanish versions]
Nancy Byatt and Maureen Perry_Jenkins

Subject Area: Depression, Family, Health Disparities, Parenting

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PRogram In Support of Moms (PRISM) Research Study [English and Spanish versions]
Linda Brenckle, Kathleen Biebel, and Nancy Byatt

Subject Area: Depression, Family, Parenting

Peers

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Enhancing the Social Networks of People with Mental Illnesses: A Qualitative Study on the Role of Peer-Operated Recovery Learning Communities [English and Spanish versions]
Jonathan Delman, Kathleen Biebel, and Shums Alikhan

Subject Area: Community Based Participatory Research, Peers, Rehabilitation/Recovery

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Confidentiality Uncovered: Why Peer Supporters Need Protection
Antonia Seligowski and Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr.

Subject Area: Legal Issues, Peers, Rehabilitation/Recovery

Policy

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Central IRBs: Enhanced Protections for Research Participants [English and Spanish versions]
Ekaterina Pivovarova and Charles W. Lidz

Subject Area: Ethics, Policy, Service Systems

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Navigating the Complexity of Using Research in Policy and Practice Decisions [English and Spanish versions]
Susan Maciolek, Kathleen Biebel, Laurel Leslie, Gifty Debordes-Jackson, and Joanne Nicholson

Subject Area: Policy, Service Systems

Rehabilitation/Recovery

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Transition-Age Youth Psychotherapy Experiences (TYPE) Study [English and Spanish versions]
Amanda Costa, Emma Pici-D’Ottavio, Laura Golden, and Maryann Davis

Subject Area: Rehabilitation/Recovery, Service Systems, Transition Age Youth

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Enhancing the Social Networks of People with Mental Illnesses: A Qualitative Study on the Role of Peer-Operated Recovery Learning Communities [English and Spanish versions]
Jonathan Delman, Kathleen Biebel, and Shums Alikhan

Subject Area: Community Based Participatory Research, Peers, Rehabilitation/Recovery

Risk Assessment

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Using Risk Assessment and Risk-Needs-Responsivity Principles in Juvenile Justice [English and Spanish versions]
Gina M. Vincent

Subject Area: Children, Juvenile Justice, Legal Issues, Risk Assessment

Service Systems

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Strategies for Engaging Young Adults
Deirdre G. Logan and Michelle G. Mullen

Subject Area: Service Systems, Transition Age Youth

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WIOA: New Law Helps Youth & Young Adults Get Jobs – What Families Need to Know
Deirdre G. Logan and Laura Golden

Subject Area: Education and Training, Employment, Family, Service Systems, Transition Age Youth

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Transition-Age Youth Psychotherapy Experiences (TYPE) Study [English and Spanish versions]
Amanda Costa, Emma Pici-D’Ottavio, Laura Golden, and Maryann Davis

Subject Area: Rehabilitation/Recovery, Service Systems, Transition Age Youth

Spirituality

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Spirituality in HIV+ Patient Care
Joni L. Utley and Amy B. Wachholtz

Subject Area: HIV/AIDS, Spirituality

Suicide Intervention and Prevention

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Detecting and Intervening on Suicidality in Emergency Departments: The ED-SAFE Study [English and Spanish versions]
Edwin Boudreaux, Carlos A. Camargo Jr, and Ivan Miller

Subject Area: Suicide Intervention and Prevention

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The Impact of Suicide Calls on Police
Barry N. Feldman, Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr., Bernice Gershenson, Jonathan C. Clayfield, and Richard P. Cody

Subject Area: Suicide Intervention and Prevention

Technology

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Estimating Frequencies from Multiple Source Data
Elizabeth A. Aaker, Charles W. Lidz, and Lorna J. Simon

Subject Area: Technology

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Maximizing the Results of Internet Surveys
Jill Rosenbaum and Charles W. Lidz

Subject Area: Technology

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Application of Mapping to Psychiatric Services
Kristen M. Roy-Bujnowski

Subject Area: Technology

Tobacco Addiction

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Incorporating Tobacco Cessation Activities in ICCD Clubhouses [English and Spanish versions]
Colleen E. McKay, Douglas M. Ziedonis, and Valerie F. Williams

Subject Area: Rehabilitation/Recovery, Tobacco Addiction

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Addressing Tobacco through Organizational Change (ATTOC)
Douglas M. Ziedonis and Sarah A. Baker

Subject Area: Tobacco Addiction

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Addressing Tobacco Use in Adult Mental Health Service Programs
Colleen E. McKay, Douglas M. Ziedonis, Gregory Seward, Valerie Williams, Kevin Bradley, Jennifer Colburn, and David Rocheleau

Subject Area: Tobacco Addiction

Transition Age Youth

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How to Talk about Mental Health: Addressing Misunderstandings about Mental Health in the Media
Laura Golden, Joel Danforth, and Massachusetts Statewide Youth Advisory Council

Subject Area: Transition Age Youth

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For Families or Caregivers: Self-Care is Putting on YOUR Oxygen Mask First
Transitions ACR

Subject Area: Family, Parenting, Transition Age Youth, Wellness

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TACR Shorts: College Accommodations Comic
Anwyn Gatesy-Davis, Marina Gatesy-Davis, and Transitions ACR

Subject Area: Education and Training, Transition Age Youth

Trauma

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Evaluation and Impact of Trauma Informed Training on Child Professionals: UMMS Child Trauma Training Center (CTTC)
Zlatina Kostova, Jessica L. Griffin, and Genevieve Kane-Howse

Subject Area: Children, Education and Training, Trauma

Traumatic Brain Injury

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Brain Injury Resources [English and Spanish versions]
Colleen E. McKay and Meghan E. Heffernan

Subject Area: Traumatic Brain Injury, Veterans

Veterans

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A Jail Diversion Program for Veterans with Co-occurring Disorders: MISSION - DIRECT VET [English and Spanish versions]
Paul Christopher, William H. Fisher, Mary Ellen Foti, Carl E. Fulwiler, Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr., Stephanie W. Hartwell, David A. Smelson, and Debra Pinals

Subject Area: Veterans

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Brain Injury Resources [English and Spanish versions]
Colleen E. McKay and Meghan E. Heffernan

Subject Area: Traumatic Brain Injury, Veterans

Violence

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Preventing Prison Rape: Designing and Validating a PREA Screening Tool for Pre-trial Juvenile Detention Centers [English and Spanish versions]
Gina M. Vincent, Jack Fitzgerald, and Patricia Nunez

Subject Area: Juvenile Justice, Transition Age Youth, Violence

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Using Mindfulness for Increasing Provider Capacity to Support Inner City Survivors of Violence [English and Spanish versions]
Julianna Andrews, Stephanie W. Hartwell, Carl E. Fulwiler, and Jeroan J. Allison

Subject Area: Mindfulness, Violence

Wellness

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For Families or Caregivers: Self-Care is Putting on YOUR Oxygen Mask First
Transitions ACR

Subject Area: Family, Parenting, Transition Age Youth, Wellness

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Preparing the Open Dialogue Approach for Implementation in the United States [English and Spanish versions]
Douglas M. Ziedonis and Mary Olson

Subject Area: Rehabilitation/Recovery, Service Systems, Wellness