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 2009

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Assessment and treatment of correctional inmates with ADHD, Kenneth L. Appelbaum

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Tobacco use and cessation in psychiatric disorders: National Institute of Mental Health report, Douglas M. Ziedonis, Brian Hitsman, Jean C. Beckham, Michael Zvolensky, Lawrence E. Adler, Janet Audrain-McGovern, Naomi Breslau, Richard A. Brown, Tony P. George, Jill Williams, Patrick S. Calhoun, and William T. Riley

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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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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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What are we talking about at the annual meetings of ABCT? An analysis of presentations from 1997-2006, Dean McKay and Ekaterina Pivovarova

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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 use of the MacCAT-CA with adolescents: an item response theory investigation of age-related measurement bias, Jodi L. Viljoen, Kathleen L. Slaney, and Thomas Grisso

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Inmates with ADHD, Kenneth L. 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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Adolescent Offenders with Mental Disorders, Thomas Grisso

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Waiver of Postconviction Relief (PCR) and PCR Counsel, Kimberly A. Larson and Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr.

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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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The Use of Psychopathy in Violence Risk Assessments of Adolescent Females, Gina M. Vincent and Robert Kinscherff

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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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Book Review: "Correctional Psychiatry: Practice Guidelines and Strategies", Kenneth L. Appelbaum

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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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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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The PCL: YV and recidivism in male and female juveniles: a follow-up into young adulthood, Gina M. Vincent, Candice L. Odgers, Amanda V. McMcormick, and Raymond R. Corrado

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The role of 5-HT1A receptors in the behavioral responses associated with innate fear, Jessica Shields and Jean A. King

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Prostate carcinoma and radiation therapy: therapeutic treatment resistance and strategies for targeted therapeutic intervention, Thomas J. Fitzgerald, Tao Wang, Hira Lal Goel, Jiayi Huang, Gary S. Stein, Jane B. Lian, Roger J. Davis, Stephen J. Doxsey, Kethandapatti C. Balaji, Jesse N. Aronowitz, and Lucia R. Languino

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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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Juvenile Psychopathy: A Clinical Construct in Need of Restraint?, Gina M. Vincent and John F. Edens

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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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Separation anxiety and panic disorder in clinically referred youth, Leonard A. Doerfler, Peter F. Toscano Jr., and Daniel F. Connor

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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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Promoting Recovery, Daniel B. Fisher

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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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Validation of an abbreviated version of the structured interview of reported symptoms in outpatient psychiatric and community settings, Debbie Green, Barry Rosenfeld, Tia Dole, Ekaterina Pivovarova, and Patricia A. Zapf

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Supporting Parents with Psychiatric Disabilities and Promoting Recovery: An International Challenge, Peter van der Ende and Joanne Nicholson

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Commentary: is CIT today's lobotomy, Jeffrey L. Geller

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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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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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Sex and race differences in mental health symptoms in juvenile justice: the MAYSI-2 national meta-analysis, Gina M. Vincent, Thomas Grisso, Anna Terry, and Steven M. Banks

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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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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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Using Criminal Justice Involvement as a Mental Health Outcome Measure: Issues in Interpretation and Measurement, William H. Fisher

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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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Mental Health Screening: Pennsylvania's Experience In Juvenile Detention, Valerie Williams, Thomas Grisso, Melissa Valentine, and Nicole Remsburg

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Correctional Mental Health Research: Opportunities and Barriers, Kenneth L. Appelbaum

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The Therapeutic Misconception, Paul S. Appelbaum and Charles W. Lidz

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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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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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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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Foundations of Forensic Mental Health Assessment, Kirk Heilbrun, Thomas Grisso, and Alan M. Goldstein

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Evaluation of Juveniles' Competence to Stand Trial, Ivan Kruh and Thomas Grisso

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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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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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Co-occurring Mental & Physical Disorders Among Adults Under 65 Years of Age, Rosalie A. Torres Stone, Marie Hobart, and Usha Sambamoorthi

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Impact of Mental Health Screening with the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument (MAYSI-2) in Juvenile Detention, Valerie F. Williams and Thomas Grisso

Publications from 2007

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Clinical trials and medical care: defining the therapeutic misconception, Gail E. Henderson, Larry R. Churchill, Arlene M. Davis, Michele M. Easter, Christine Grady, Steven Joffe, Nancy Kass, Nancy M. P. King, Charles W. Lidz, Franklin G. Miller, Daniel K. Nelson, Jeffrey Peppercorn, Barbra Bluestone Rothschild, Pamela Sankar, Benjamin S. Wilfond, and Catherine R. Zimmer

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Health promotion in clubhouse programs: needs, barriers, and current and planned activities, Colleen E. McKay and John R. Pelletier

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Chronic illness with complexities: mental illness and substance use among Veteran clinic users with diabetes, Ranjana Banerjea, Usha Sambamoorthi, David A. Smelson, and Leonard M. Pogach

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Arrests of adolescent clients of a public mental health system during adolescence and young adulthood, Maryann Davis, Steven M. Banks, William H. Fisher, Bernice Gershenson, and Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr.

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Drug-related arrests in a cohort of public mental health service recipients, William H. Fisher, Nancy Wolff, Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr., Kristen M. Roy-Bujnowski, Steven M. Banks, and Jonathan C. Clayfield

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Do childhood mental disorders cause adult crime, Thomas Grisso

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Acculturative stress, social support, and coping: relations to psychological adjustment among Mexican American college students, Lisa J. Crockett, Maria I. Iturbide, Rosalie A. Torres Stone, Meredith McGinley, Marcela Raffaelli, and Gustavo Carlo

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Characteristics of Contemporary Clubhouses: Results from International Clubhouse Surveys, Colleen E. McKay

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Revisiting Mental Health Issues in Young Immigrants: A Lesson Learned from the Virginia Tech Massacre, Sun S. Kim and Geri Duckson

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Re-evaluating the therapeutic misconception: response to Miller and Joffe, Paul S. Appelbaum and Charles W. Lidz

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A preliminary study of spiritual self-schema (3-S(+)) therapy for reducing impulsivity in HIV-positive drug users, Arthur Margolin, Zev Schuman-Olivier, Mark Beitel, Ruth M. Arnold, Carl E. Fulwiler, and S. Kelly Avants

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Confounding effects of volatile anesthesia on CBV assessment in rodent forebrain following ethanol challenge, Feng Luo, Zhixin Li, Steven N. Treistman, Young Ro Kim, Jean A. King, Gerard B. Fox, and Craig F. Ferris

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The Personality Assessment Inventory as a proxy for the Psychopathy Checklist Revised: testing the incremental validity and cross-sample robustness of the Antisocial Features Scale, Kevin S. Douglas, Laura S. Guy, John F. Edens, Douglas P. Boer, and Jennine Hamilton

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Forensic mental illness and other policy misadventures. Commentary on "extending assertive community treatment to criminal justice settings: origins, current evidence, and future directions", William H. Fisher and Robert E. Drake

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Gender differences in mental health symptoms among delinquent and community youths, Elizabeth Cauffman, Frances J. Lexcen, Asha Goldweber, Elizabeth P. Shulman, and Thomas Grisso

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Conduct disorder subtype and comorbidity, Daniel F. Connor, Julian D. Ford, David B. Albert, and Leonard A. Doerfler

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Progress and perils in the juvenile justice and mental health movement, Thomas Grisso

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Youth with psychopathy features are not a discrete class: a taxometric analysis, Daniel C. Murrie, David K. Marcus, Kevin S. Douglas, Zina Lee, Randall T. Salekin, and Gina M. Vincent

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Access to health care for nonmetro and metro Latinos of Mexican origin in the United States, Terceira A. Berdahl, James B. Kirby, and Rosalie A. Torres Stone

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Imaging unconditioned fear response with manganese-enhanced MRI (MEMRI), Wei Chen, Jeffrey R. Tenney, Praveen P. Kulkarni, and Jean A. King

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Panic disorder in clinically referred children and adolescents, Leonard A. Doerfler, Daniel F. Connor, Adam M. Volungis, and Peter F. Toscano Jr.

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A qualitative study of programs for parents with serious mental illness and their children: building practice-based evidence, Joanne Nicholson, Beth R. Hinden, Kathleen Biebel, Alexis D. Henry, and Judith Katz-Leavy

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A neuropsychiatry service in a state hospital. Adolf Meyer's approach revisited, Joseph M. Tonkonogy and Jeffrey L. Geller

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Prevalence and correlates of lifetime suicidal ideation and suicide attempts among Latino subgroups in the United States, Lisa R. Fortuna, Debra Joy Perez, Glorisa Canino, William Sribney, and Margarita Alegria

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A competency-based approach to managing violence with involuntary outpatient treatment, Ted Lawlor, Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr., Jeffrey L. Geller, and Michael Genovese

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Prospects for remediating juveniles’ adjudicative incompetence, Jodi L. Viljoen and Thomas Grisso

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Connectedness and citizenship: redefining social integration, Norma C. Ware, Kim Hopper, Toni Tugenberg, Barbara Dickey, and Daniel B. Fisher

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Acculturation, gender, and alcohol use among Mexican American college students, Marcela Raffaelli, Rosalie A. Torres Stone, Maria I. Iturbide, Meredith McGinley, Gustavo Carlo, and Lisa J. Crockett

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Identifying potential risk and protective factors among non-metropolitan Latino youth: cultural implications for substance use research, Rosalie A. Torres Stone and Deanna Meyler

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Hindsight bias among psychiatrists, H. W. LeBourgeois III, Debra A. Pinals, Valerie Williams, and Paul S. Appelbaum