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 2011

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Borderline Personality Disorder: Considerations for Inclusion in the Massachusetts Parity List of "Biologically-Based" Disorders, Mary Ellen Foti, Jeffrey L. Geller, Laura S. Guy, John G. Gunderson, Brian A. Palmer, and Lisa M. Smith

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Intimate partner violence against deaf women: A review, Melissa L. Anderson, Irene W. Leigh, and Vincent J. Samar

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Special Populations: Juvenile Offenders, Keith R. Cruise and Ekaterina Pivovarova

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Childhood trauma and psychiatric disorders as correlates of school dropout in a national sample of young adults, Michelle V. Porche, Lisa R. Fortuna, Julia Lin, and Margarita Alegria

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Morphological knowledge and decoding skills of deaf readers, M. Diane Clark, Gizelle L. Gilbert, and Melissa L. Anderson

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Measuring Smoking Knowledge, Attitudes and Services (S-KAS) Among Clients in Addiction Treatment, Joseph Guydish, Barbara Tajima, Mable Chan, Kevin L. Delucchi, and Douglas M. Ziedonis

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On Being an Expert Witness: It's Not About You, Joel A. Dvoskin and Laura S. Guy

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A national survey of self-injurious behavior in American prisons, Kenneth L. Appelbaum, Judith A. Savageau, Robert L. Trestman, Jeffrey L. Metzner, and Jacques Baillargeon

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Neural correlates of impulsivity factors in psychiatric patients and healthy volunteers: a voxel-based morphometry study, Athene K. W. Lee, Matthew Jerram, Carl E. Fulwiler, and David A. Gansler

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Deaf individuals’ bilingual abilities: American Sign Language proficiency, reading skills, and family characteristics, Brittany L. Freel, M. Diane Clark, Melissa L. Anderson, Gizelle L. Gilbert, Millicent M. Musyoka, and Peter C. Hauser

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Prefrontal regional correlates of self-control in male psychiatric patients: Impulsivity facets and aggression, David A. Gansler, Athene K. W. Lee, Britt C. Emerton, Christopher D'Amato, Rafeeque A. Bhadelia, Matthew Jerram, and Carl E. Fulwiler

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Risk-Needs Assessment in Juvenile Justice: Predictive Validity of the SAVRY, Racial Differences, and the Contribution of Needs Factors, Gina M. Vincent, John Chapman, and Nathan E. Cook

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Recovery-promoting professional competencies: perspectives of mental health consumers, consumer-providers and providers, Zlatka Russinova, E. Sally Rogers, Marsha Langer Ellison, and Asya Lyass

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Posttraumatic stress disorder following myocardial infarction or cardiac surgery, Leonard A. Doerfler and John A. Paraskos

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Vocational and Educational Support for Veterans, Marsha Langer Ellison, Charles Drebing, Lisa Mueller, Jonathan Delman, and Lisa Mistler

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Risk of Arrest Among Public Mental Health Services Recipients and the General Public, William H. Fisher, Lorna J. Simon, Kristen M. Roy-Bujnowski, Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr., Nancy Wolff, Emily Crockett, and Steven M. Banks

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Medicaid Enrollment Rates Among Individuals Arrested in the State of Florida Before and at the Time of Arrest, John Petrila, Diane Haynes, Jing Guo, William H. Fisher, Charles Dion, and Nicolette Springer

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Peer Support, Stephanie Rodrigues, Matthew Chinman, Susan Hills, Marsha Langer Ellison, and Colleen E. McKay

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Tobacco Addiction and Psychological Co-morbidities, Douglas M. Ziedonis, David Kalman, Monika E. Kolodziej, Christopher W. Johnson, and Sun Kim

Publications from 2010

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Capacity to make medical treatment decisions in multiple sclerosis: a potentially remediable deficit, Michael R. Basso, Philip J. Candilis, Jay Johnson, Courtney Ghormley, Dennis R. Combs, and Taeh Ward

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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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Situations associated with admission to an acute care inpatient psychiatric unit, Leonard A. Doerfler, Peter W. Moran, and Kristen E. Hannigan

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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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The role of psychopathic personality disorder in violence risk assessments using the HCR-20, Laura S. Guy, Kevin S. Douglas, and Melissa C. Hendry

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Categorizing Temporal Patterns of Arrest in a Cohort of Adults with Serious Mental Illness, William H. Fisher, Steven M. Banks, Kristen M. Roy-Bujnowski, Albert J. Grudzinskas, Lorna J. Simon, and Nancy Wolff

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Emerging Adults With Psychiatric Disabilities Involved With the Criminal Justice System, Stephanie W. Hartwell, William H. Fisher, and Maryann Davis

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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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Commentary: civil commitment statutes--40 years of circumvention, William H. Fisher and Thomas Grisso

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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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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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Design Features for Employment-Supportive Personal Assistance Services in Medicaid Programs, Marsha Langer Ellison, Raymond E. Glazier, Elizabeth O'Connell, Giulia Norton, and Jay S. Himmelstein

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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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First Steps and Beyond: Incorporating Shared Decision Making in Massachusetts Mental Health Services, Jonathan Delman, Mary Ellen G. Foti, Lisa Mistler, and Tamar Skolnick

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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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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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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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Deaf students and their classroom communication: an evaluation of higher order categorical interactions among school and background characteristics, Thomas E. Allen and Melissa L. Anderson

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Internal consistency and factor structure of the Revised Conflict Tactics Scales in a sample of deaf female college students, Melissa L. Anderson and Irene W. Leigh

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The research potential of administrative data from state mental health agencies, William H. Fisher and Jeanne C. Rivard

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Retention in depression treatment among ethnic and racial minority groups in the United States, Lisa R. Fortuna, Margarita Alegria, and Shan Gao

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Sex Offending and Serious Mental Illness: Directions for Policy and Research, Andrew J. Harris, William H. Fisher, Bonita M. Veysey, Laura M. Ragusa, and Arthur J. Lurigio

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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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Supporting Parents: Multi-needs and the Need for Multi-institutions’ Coordination of Supports, Joanne Nicholson

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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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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

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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

Parenting with a Mental Illness. A radio interview for ABC Radio National, Australia Public Radio (Audio file), Joanne Nicholson

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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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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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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: looking ahead, Saul M. Kassin, Steven A. Drizin, Thomas Grisso, Gisli H. Gudjonsson, Richard A. Leo, and Allison D. Redlich

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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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A systematic review of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual diagnostic criteria for nicotine dependence, Joseph R. DiFranza, W. W. Sanouri A. Ursprung, Beatrice Lauzon, Christina Bancej, Robert J. Wellman, Douglas M. Ziedonis, Sun S. Kim, Andre Gervais, Bruce Meltzer, Colleen E. McKay, Jennifer O'Loughlin, Chizimuzo T. C. Okoli, Lisa R. Fortuna, and Michele Tremblay

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The internet, health promotion, and community participation, Joanne Nicholson and Armando J. Rotondi

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Building Global Citizenship through Network Leadership, Anne Beales and Daniel B. Fisher

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MISSION Diversion & Recovery for Traumatized Veterans (MISSION DIRECT VET): Early Findings and Lessons Learned, Paul P. Christopher, Elizabeth A. Aaker, Amanda Lennox, William H. Fisher, Carl E. Fulwiler, Stephanie W. Hartwell, David Smelson, and Debra A. Pinals

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The Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, Maryann Davis, Jonathan Delman, Marsha Langer Ellison, and Charles W. Lidz

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Finding and Using Our Voice: How Consumer/Survivor Advocacy is Transforming Mental Health Care, Daniel B. Fisher and Lauren Spiro

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Crisis Intervention Teams as the Solution to Managing Crises Involving Persons with Serious Psychiatric Illnesses: Does One Size Fit All?, William H. Fisher and Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr.

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Guidance for Improving Forensic Reports: A Review of Common Errors, Thomas Grisso

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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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Parenting and Recovery for Mothers with Mental Disorders, Joanne Nicholson

Publications from 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in prison: a treatment protocol, Kenneth L. Appelbaum