Ohio State College of Social Work faculty are off to a great start this year and 2012 promises to be just as productive in the areas of research and funding. Last year, faculty published nearly 60 peer-reviewed articles and conducted research in community settings ranging from adult day care centers to therapeutic recovery communities. Here’s a sampling of early 2012 funding that’s made much of their research possible.
- Dr. Dawn Anderson-Butcher: Principal Investigator of the Community Youth Collaborative Institute at Ohio State (CAYCI), recently received funding from the Ohio State University Office of University Outreach & Engagement (O&E) to complete an assessment of the Executive Principals Leadership Academy (EPLA). The EPLA is an executive training program designed as part of the federal Race to the Top school improvement initiative. O&E is partnering with the Fisher College of Business and the Ohio Department of Education to implement the EPLA. The overall mission of the EPLA is to provide guidance and support that will improve academic culture state-wide and support student achievement. Specifically, the EPLA provides state-wide leadership training and technical assistance to secondary school principals focused on six instructional pillars: (1) organizational leadership and management; (2) goal setting; (3) team-building and communication; (4) cultural understanding; (5) accountability and responsibility; and (6) educational strategy. The purpose of this research is to evaluate the EPLA as an innovative model of principal leadership training. More specifically, this study will explore the benefits, impacts, limitations, challenges/barriers, and lessons learned as a result of implementing the EPLA. Understanding this important model will provide vital information in relation to principal training and professional development focused on school improvement priorities.
- Dr. Scottye Cash: was awarded funding from the Inspire USA Foundation to assist with the evaluation of youth discussion forums on ReachOut.com and the impact participation has on wellness, psychological distress, attitudes related to stigma, and discriminatory behavior. ReachOut.com is Inspire’s mental health information and support website for teens and young adults, supported through a collaboration with Runyon, Saltzman & Einhorn, a communications firm in Sacramento. Funding for this project comes from the California Mental Health Services Authority, an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. CalMHSA administers programs funded by the California Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63) on a statewide, regional and local basis. The discussion forum project is part of a collection of CalMHSA funded Prevention and Early Intervention Initiatives aimed at reducing stigma and discrimination related to mental illness.
- Dr. Cynthia Fontanella: was awarded a grant (Profiling Children and Adolescents with Serious Emotional Disturbance) through MEDTAPP funds by the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center, ODJFS, and ODMH. Childhood mental disorders are prevalent, disabling, and costly. Despite the high prevalence of childhood mental disorders, costs and availability of effective interventions, many youths receive inadequate treatment or no treatment at all. The primary aim of this research project is to assess patterns and quality of care received by children in Ohio’s public mental health system. Using existing statewide administrative Medicaid data, this project will focus on two dimensions of quality: 1) effectiveness of care, the use of appropriate treatment that are consistent with evidence-based practice guidelines; and 2) accessibility, the ability to receive needed services. Specific aims include: (1) to develop a clinical profile of children with serious emotional disturbances; (2) to examine patterns and trends of mental health service utilization and costs for children with serious emotional disturbances; and (3) To assess the quality of care for common childhood disorders (ADHD, depression, conduct disorder, anxiety, and bipolar disorder). Collaborators include Dr. Jeffrey Bridge, Dr. John Campo, Dr. Eric Seiber, and Dr. Jeff J. Guo.
Dr. Keith Warren: Warren recently concluded his R-21 study for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) on interpersonal processes in corrections-based therapeutic communities (TC) with the goal of helping TC clinicians improve client outcomes. Warren’s study was based on a partnership between Ohio State University researchers, including co-investigators Ciriyam Jayaprakash (Physics) and Craig Volden (Political Science), and five Ohio corrections-based TCs. The findings demonstrate that residents maintain cooperation in the TC through mechanisms of reciprocity and familiarity, that they respond to peer correction and affirmation by increasing pro-social efforts and that the social network structure formed by interactions between the residents influences outcomes independently of age, race, gender, or estimated risk of recidivism.
Dr. Mo Yee Lee: Received a grant from the Silberman Fund Faculty Grant Program, Lois and Samuel Silberman Fund, operated under the New York Community Trust for her study “Integrative Family and Systems Treatment (I-FAST) for Treating High-Risk Youth in the Court System.” In collaboration with Dr. Gil Greene, Lee has developed I-FAST as evidence-based intensive treatment for high-risk youth. It is a home-based treatment model that has been developed and implemented within the community mental health system.
- Dr. Dawn Anderson-Butcher: Principal Investigator of the Community Youth Collaborative Institute at Ohio State (CAYCI). She receives ongoing funding from the Ohio Department of Education to study youth development in social settings, including afterschool programs, sport, and recreational settings. One of the initiatives supported by this funding is the LiFE Sports program at Ohio State, which utilizes sport as a vehicle to teach life skills that can be transferred to other contexts. Formally known as NYSP, LiFE Sports provides sport, fitness, and educational activities to hundreds of Columbus-area disadvantaged youth to develop social skills, increase interest in higher education, raise athletic levels, and form life-long relationships with LiFESports staff.
Drs. Holly Dabelko-Schoeny and Keith A. Anderson: Recently completed the MetLife National Study of Adult Day Services with funding from the MetLife Mature Market Institute and the National Adult Day Services Association. The study provides a national picture of the adult day services industry and offers a view into the future of this important source of long-term care. Public policymakers, service providers, researchers, and consumers will be able to use the findings from this study to guide the current and future development of adult day services. For a free full copy of the report, click here.
- Dr. Audrey Begun: Recently concluded a study funded by the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Boards through the Office of Criminal Justice Services. With co-investigators Theresa Early and Keith Warren, Project RISE (Reentry Inventory of Service Engagement) examined alcohol and drug, mental health, health, and housing needs of men and women preparing for community reentry from jail, prison, and community-based correctional facilities; determined the nature and extent of discrepancies between needs and services accessed; and determined what barriers might contribute to such discrepancies. The study covered counties in central and southern Ohio.
- Dr. Lisa Raiz: Principal Investigator of “Snapshots of Determinants for an Enhanced Primary Care Home Initiative for Ohio: Current Status of Primary Care and Future Policy Considerations.” Collaborators include Tom Gregoire, Co-P.I. Bill Hayes, Keith Kilty, and Chris Holloman. Funder: Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center (MEDTAPP funds). The purpose of this completed study was to investigate the percentage of Ohioans who had primary care during 2008 and 2010 and to examine the relationship between primary care and important health-related outcomes. Key findings are reported for all Ohioans and among specific subgroups, including those with chronic conditions. Policy considerations and implications for future research will be addressed in a dialogue among program participants.