Rehabilitation & Recovery

Program Description

Individuals diagnosed with mental illness are at greater risk for social isolation and reduced community integration, unemployment or reduced rates of employment, homelessness, physical health problems and early mortality, dropout from school or college, substance use or misuse, involvement with the justice system, and suicide.


Our efforts focus on examining issues critical to the promotion of recovery and quality of life of individuals who have been diagnosed with a mental illness so they may achieve full community integration. Rehabilitation, recovery and wellness researchers have a diverse portfolio of nationally and internationally-based studies that will improve the lives of individuals diagnosed with a mental illness and their families.


We are interested in:

  • Engaging mental health consumers and providers in the design and dissemination of our research and training efforts
  • Improving access to vocational rehabilitation supports and community-based employment
  • Modifying and implementing health promotion and wellness opportunities to reduce mortality and improve the physical health of individuals diagnosed with mental illness
  • Developing and disseminating education and training materials and curricula to public safety personnel, clinicians, educators, and direct service providers to prevent suicide
  • Evaluating evidence-based community services such as the Clubhouse Model of Psychosocial Rehabilitation
  • Translating knowledge gained from research to policy and real-world practice to improve the lives of individuals affected by mental illness
 
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Colleen McKay ImageColleen Mckay, M.A., C.A.G.S.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Barry Feldman ImageBarry Feldman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Jeffrey Geller ImageJeffrey Geller, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
David Smelson ImageDavid Smelson, Psy.D.
Professor of Psychiatry

Ongoing Research Projects

Title: Adapting the Open Dialogue Model in the United States: Developing and Piloting an Organizational Change Approach and Behavioral Therapy
Dates:
6/15/2012 - 9/14/2014
Funder: Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, Inc.
Funding: $100,000
PI: Douglas Ziedonis, M.D., M.P.H.
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Title: Neuroimaginig Youth with Callous-Unemotional Conduct Disorder and Co-morbid Substance Abuse
Dates:
7/1/2010 - 6/30/2015
Funder: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Funding: $896,535
PI: Gina Vincent, Ph.D.
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Title: MISSION - Vet HUD VASH Implementation Study
Dates:
 10/1/2011 - 9/1/2015
Funder: Veterans Administration
Funding: $1,098,800
PI: David Smelson, Psy.D.

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Reports, Papers & Manuals

Title: Consumer and Family Member Satisfaction Survey
Dates:
4/1/2011 - 9/30/2013
Funder: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Funding: $384,625
PI: Charles Lidz, Ph.D.
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Title: 2012 Program for Clubhouse Research
Dates:
6/1/20129 - 5/30/2014
Funder: Commonwealth Medicine
Funding: $250,000
PI: Colleen McKay, M.A., C.A.G.S.
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Title: Adapting Alcohol Behavioral Couple Therapy for Soldiers in Post-Deployment
Dates:
7/1/2013 - 6/30/2017
Funder: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Funding: $3,163,188
Co-PI: David Smelson, Psy.D.
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Title: Remote Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment for Alcohol Misuse (R-BIRT)
Dates:
9/25/2012 - 2/28/2014
Funder: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Funding: $239,219
Co-I: Douglas Ziedonis, M.D., M.P.H.
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Title: HUD VASH Program Exiters: A Mixed Method Analysis
Dates:
1/1/2013 - 1/1/2015
Funder: Veterans Administration
Funding: $250,000
Co-I: David Smelson, Psy.D.
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Title: I Link to Enhance Reentry Supports
Dates:
4/1/2013 - 3/31/2017
Funder: National Institute of Mental Health
Funding: $2,379,266
PI: David Smelson, Psy.D.
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Title: I/Start Behavioral & Neural Response to Cocaine Cue-reactivity
Dates:
1/1/2012 - 1/1/2014
Funder: National Institute on Mental Health
Funding: $239,212
PI: David Smelson, Psy.D.
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Title: Improving Outcomes for Homeless Veterans with Peer Support
Dates:
12/1/2012 - 11/1/2016
Funder: Veterans Administration
Funding: $1,100,000
PI: Marsha Ellison, Ph.D.
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Title: iMStrong, an Innovative Remote Monitoring System for Detecting Cocaine Use
Dates:
1/1/2012 - 1/1/2014
Funder: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Funding: $977,564
Co-I: David Smelson, Psy.D.
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