The Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center (iSPARC) in the Department of Psychiatry 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, formerly called the Center for Mental Health Services Research (CMHSR) and the Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC), 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 written by faculty and researchers of the Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center.

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Publications from 2015

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Creating positive parenting experiences: Family Options., Joanne Nicholson, Toni Wolf, and Kathleen Biebel

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Decision Making and the IACUC: Part 1- Protocol Information Discussed at Full-Committee Reviews, Jerald Silverman, Charles W. Lidz, Jonathan C. Clayfield, Alexandra Murray, Lorna J. Simon, and Richard G. Rondeau

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Smoking Topography in Korean American and White Men: Preliminary Findings, Sangkeun Chung, Sun S. Kim, Nisha Kini, Hua (Julia) Fang, David Kalman, and Douglas M. Ziedonis

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A splitting brain: Imbalanced neural networks in schizophrenia, Mingli Li, Wei Deng, Zongling He, Qiang Wang, Chaohua Huang, Lijun Jiang, Qiyong Gong, Douglas M. Ziedonis, Jean A. King, Xiaohong Ma, Nanyin Zhang, and Tao Li

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A cluster randomized Hybrid Type III trial testing an implementation support strategy to facilitate the use of an evidence-based practice in VA homeless programs, David A. Smelson, Matthew Chinman, Sharon McCarthy, Gordon Hannah, Leon Sawh, and Mark Glickman

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Mental health problems in young male offenders with and without sex offences: a comparison based on the MAYSI-2, Cyril Boonmann, Rebecca Nelson, Frank DiCataldo, Lucres M.C. Jansen, Theo A.H. Doreleijers, Robert Vermeiren, Olivier F. Colins, and Thomas Grisso

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Engaging the Deaf Community in Behavioral Health Research: Insider, Outsider, and Ally Perspectives, Wyatte Hall, Melissa L. Anderson, Marlene Elliott, and Douglas M. Ziedonis

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Working Therapeutically With Deaf People Recovering From Trauma and Addiction, Melissa L. Anderson, Neil S. Glickman, Lisa Mistler, and Marco Gonzalez

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Decisional Capacity in Pregnancy: A Complex Case of Pregnancy Termination, Isheeta Zalpuri, Nancy Byatt, Stacey B. Gramann, Nehama Dresner, and Rebecca Brendel

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Evaluation of tobacco use on Chinese population through ATTOC model: a cross-sectional survey on hospitalized psychiatric patients, Xue Wang, Zugui Peng, Douglas M. Ziedonis, Chaomin Wang, Bo Yu, and Tao Li

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E-mail to Promote Colorectal Cancer Screening Within Social Networks: Acceptability and Content, Sarah L. Cutrona, Joann L. Wagner, Douglas W. Roblin, Bridget Gaglio, Andrew Williams, Rosalie A. Torres Stone, and Kathleen M. Mazor

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Distal and Proximal Religiosity as Protective Factors for Adolescent and Emerging Adult Alcohol Use, Michelle V. Porche, Lisa R. Fortuna, Amy B. Wachholtz, and Rosalie A. Torres Stone

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Increase in untreated cases of psychiatric disorders during the transition to adulthood, William E. Copeland, Lilly Shanahan, Maryann Davis, Barbara J. Burns, Adrian Angold, and E Jane. Costello

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Facilitators and barriers to the active participation of clients with serious mental illnesses in medication decision making: the perceptions of young adult clients, Jonathan Delman, Jack A. Clark, Susan V. Eisen, and Victoria A. Parker

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Sex differences in mental health and substance use disorders and treatment entry among justice-involved Veterans in the Veterans Health Administration, Andrea K. Finlay, Ingrid A. Binswanger, David Smelson, Leon Sawh, Jim McGuire, Joel Rosenthal, Jessica Blue-Howells, Christine Timko, Janet C. Blodgett, Alex H.S. Harris, Steven M. Asch, and Susan Frayne

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Why is therapeutic misconception so prevalent?, Charles W. Lidz, Karen Albert, Paul S. Appelbaum, Laura B. Dunn, Eve Overton, and Ekaterina Pivovarova

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The relation of standardized mental health screening and categorical assessment in detained male adolescents, Olivier F. Colins, Thomas Grisso, Eva Mulder, and Robert Vermeiren

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Helping Youth on the Path to Employment (HYPE), Marsha Langer Ellison, Sloan Huckabee, Rachel Stone, and Michelle Mullen

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Depressive Symptoms in Adolescence as a Predictor of Young Adult Employment Outcomes, Kathryn Sabella and Maryann Davis

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Investing in the health and well-being of young adults, Clare Stroud, Leslie R. Walker, Maryann Davis, and Charles E. Irwin Jr

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Exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in late pregnancy increases the risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, but the absolute risk is low, Nancy Byatt and Marlene P. Freeman

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Acceptance and commitment therapy smoking cessation treatment for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder: a pilot study, Megan Kelly, Hannah Sido, John P. Forsyth, Douglas M. Ziedonis, David Kalman, and Judith Cooney

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Mental health issues among college students: who gets referred for psychopharmacology evaluation?, Daniel J. Kirsch, Leonard A. Doerfler, and Debbie Truong

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Developing a community-based participatory research model to engage transition age youth using mental health service in research, Alisa K. Lincoln, Ryan Borg, and Jonathan Delman

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Decreased cortical thickness in drug naive first episode schizophrenia: in relation to serum levels of BDNF, Xueqin Song, Meina Quan, Luxian Lv, Xue Li, Lijuan Pang, David N. Kennedy, Steven M. Hodge, Amy Harrington, Douglas M. Ziedonis, and Xiaoduo Fan

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Assessing psychopathy among justice involved adolescents with the PCL:YV: an item response theory examination across gender, Siny Tsang, Karen M. Schmidt, Gina M. Vincent, Randall T. Salekin, Marlene M. Moretti, and Candice L. Odgers

Publications from 2014

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

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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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The Expert Witness as a Traveling Sprinkler, 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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Response to: The Selective Allure of Neuroscience and Its Implications for The Courtroom, Ekaterina Pivovarova

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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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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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Depression and anxiety among high-risk obstetric inpatients, Nancy Byatt, Katherine Hicks-Courant, Autumn Davidson, Ruth Levesque, Eric O. Mick, Jeroan J. Allison, and Tiffany A. Moore Simas

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

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Participatory Action Research, Jonathan Delman

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Implementing an intervention for parents with mental illness: Building workforce capacity, Kathleen Biebel, Joanne Nicholson, and Katherine Woolsey

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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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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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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

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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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Does seeking safety reduce PTSD symptoms in women receiving physical disability compensation, Melissa L. Anderson and Lisa M. Najavits

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PTSD/SUD in Individuals with Physical Disabilities: Identifying Problems and Promising Interventions, Melissa L. Anderson, Douglas M. Ziedonis, and Lisa M. Najavits

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

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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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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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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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Violence against Deaf women: effect of partner hearing status, Melissa L. Anderson and Caroline M. Kobek Pezzarossi

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

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Predictive accuracy in the neuroprediction of rearrest, Eyal Aharoni, Joshua Mallett, Gina M. Vincent, Carla L. Harenski, Vince D. Calhoun, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Michael S. Gazzaniga, and Kent A. Kiehl

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Posttraumatic stress disorder and substance use disorder comorbidity among individuals with physical disabilities: findings from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication, Melissa L. Anderson, Douglas M. Ziedonis, and Lisa M. Najavits

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Refocusing gun policy, Jeffrey L. Geller

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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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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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Psychopathic traits modulate brain responses to drug cues in incarcerated offenders, Lora M. Cope, Gina M. Vincent, Justin L. Jobelius, Prashanth K. Nyalakanti, Vince D. Calhoun, and Kent A. Kiehl

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

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

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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

Publications from 2013

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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IPS Supported Employment for Young Adults with Serious Mental Illness: Four RCTs, Gary R. Bond

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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UMMS Expert: Training Needed to ID Potentially Violent Youth, Gina M. Vincent

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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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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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Learning to Make it Work: Employing Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions, Kathryn Sabella and Lisa M. Smith