Parents & Families

Program Description

Families provide an important context for rehabilitation and recovery. Parenting is a significant life role for the majority of individuals living with mental illnesses. Functioning well as a parent is likely to be related to the well-being and community integration of adults, as well as contributing to improved outcomes for their children.

We develop, implement and test new models of supported parenting, particularly for families with “overlapping needs,” i.e., the challenges of wrapping interventions around families in which both parents and children have mental health conditions.

We are interested in:

  • The family life experiences of adults with mental illnesses
  • Risk and resiliency, early intervention and the prevention of psychopathology in children
  • Services and supports that promote optimal functioning and the highest quality of life for individuals living with mental illnesses and their families
  • Policies, procedures and practices that shape services and supports, including the use of research evidence
 
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nicholson_research_thumb Joanne Nicholson, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry
biebel_research_thumb Kathleen Biebel, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
wenz_gross_research_thumbMelodie Wenz Gross, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
griffin_research_thumb Jessica Griffin, Psy.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Pediatrics
griffin_research_thumbNancy Byatt, D.O., M.B.A.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Obstetrics and Gynecology

Ongoing Research Projects

Title: Integrating Trauma-Informed & Trauma-Focused Practice in Child Protected Service
Dates:
9/1/2011-8/31/2016
Funder: Administration for Children & Families
Funding: $189,380
PI: Jessica Ludy Griffin, Psy.D.
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Title: Integrating Trauma-Informed & Trauma Focused
Practice in Child Protected Service - Evaluation
Dates:
 9/1/2011-8/31/2016
Funder: Administration for Children & Families
Funding: $352,000
PI: Melodie Wenz Gross, Ph.D.
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Title: The University of Massachusetts Child Trauma Training Center
Dates:
9/30/2012-9/29/2016
Funder: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Funding: $1,597,310
PI: Jessica Ludy Griffin, Psy.D.
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Title: Using Evidence to Improve Medicaid Mental Health Services for Massachusetts Children and Youth - Part III
Dates:
7/1/2013-10/31/2013
Funder: W. T. Grand Foundation
Funding: $15,539
PI: Kathleen Biebel, Ph.D.
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Title: Therapy House Calls
Dates:
9/30/2012-9/29/2015
Funder: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Funding: $152,814
PI: Jessica Ludy Griffin, Psy.D.

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Center for Mental Health Services Research