Research Initiatives


Faculty in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health have published hundreds of articles over the years. Listed below (alphabetically by faculty member name) are the most recent publications (from the previous 12 months), and those recently accepted for publication.

Ron Adler and David Harlan. Diabetes: 8 Strategies to Put into Practice. J Family Practice 2013;62(10):542-547.

Heather Alker et al. Healthy Homes: In-Home Environmental Asthma Intervention in a Diverse Urban Community. AM J Public Health 2014;104(4):665-671.

Bob Baldor, Judy Savageau, Navkiran Shakar, Stacy Potts, Joe Gravel, Kim Eisenstock and Jim Ledwith. Hospitalist Involvement in Family Medicine Residency Training: A CERA Study. Family Medicine 2014;46(2):88-93.

Alexander Blount et al. The Development of Joint Principles: Integrating Behavioral Health Care Into the Patient-Centered Medical Home. Annals of Fam Med 2014;12(2):183.

Sara Valente, Dan Wemple, Sebastian Ramos, Suzanne Cashman and Judy Savageau. Preventive Behaviors and Knowledge of Tick Borne Illnesses: Results of a Survey from an Endemic Area. J Pub Hlth Mngt and Practice, in press, 2014.

William Fisher, Robin Clark, Jeff Baxter, Bruce Barton, Elizabeth O'Connell and Gideon Aweh. Co-Occurring Risk Factors for Arrest Among Persons with Opioid Abuse and Dependence: Implications for Developing Interventions to Limit Criminal Justice Involvement. J Sugt Abuse Treat 2014;47(3):197-201.

Robin Clark and Karen Clements. Not Paying for Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections: More Difficult than it Seems? Medical Care 2014;52(6):479-481.

KT Mueser, GR Bond, SM Essock, Robin Clark, E Carpenter-Song, RE Drake and R Wolfe. The Effects of Supported Employment in Latino Consumers with Severe Mental Illness. Psychiatr Rehbail J, 2014, in press.

EA Latimer, A Naidu, EE Moodie, Robin Clark, AK Malla, R Tamblyn and W Wynant. Variation in Long-Term Antipsychotic Polypharmacy and High-Does Prescribing Across Physicians and Hospitals. Psychaitr Serv, 2014, in press.

Robin Clark, Jeff Baxter, Bruce Barton, Gideon Aweh, Elizabeth O'Connell and William Fisher. The Impact of Prior Authorization on Buprenorphine Dose, Relapse Rates, and Cost for Massachusetts Medicaid Beneficiaries with Opioid Dependence. Health Srv Re, 2014, in press.

Robin Clark and Jeff Baxter. Responses of State Medicaid Programs to Buprenorphine Diversion: Doing More Harm than Good? JAMA Internal Medicine, 2014, in press.

D Lang, Linda Cragin, D Raymond and S Kane. In a Neighborhood Near You: How Community Health Workers Help People Obtain Health Insurance and Primary Care. J Health Care Poor Underserved, 2014, in press.

JW Huang, JA King, WWW Ursprung, S Zhang, DN Kennedy, D Ziedonis and Joe DiFranza. The Development and Expression of Physical Nicotine Dependence Corresponds to Structural and Functional Alterations in the Anterior Cingulate-Precuneus Pathway. Brain Behav 2014;4(3):408-417.

R Scragg, Joe DiFranza, B Youdan, M Laugesen and M Glover. Ethnicity and Socioeconomic Status as Risk Factors for Rapid Onset of Tobacco Addiction. Aust NZ J Public Health 2014;38(2):194-195.

W Huang, Joe DiFranza, DN Kennedy, N Zhang, D Ziedonis and JA King. Neural Correlates of Advancing Tobacco Addiction. PLOS ONE, 2014, in press.

R Trestman, Warren Ferguson and J Dickert. Behind Bars: The Compelling Case for Academic Health Centers Partnering with Correctional Facilities. Acad Med, 2014, in press.

Warren Ferguson et al. Relationship Between Self-assessed and Tested Non-English-language Proficiency Among Primary Care Providers. Medical Care, 2014, in press.

Warren Ferguson, Mick Godkin, et al. A Longitudinal Study of Multicultural Curriculum in Medical Education. International Journal of Medical Education 2014;5:37-44.

Deborah Gurewich
, J Prottas and J Sirkin. Managing Care for Patients with Substance Abuse Disorders at Community Health Centers. J Subst Abuse Treat 2014;46(2);227-231.

Heather-Lyn Haley, Meredith Walsh, Nan Tin Maund, Clara Savage and Suzanne Cashman. Primary Prevention for Resettled Refugees from Burma: Where to Begin? J Community Health 2014;39(1):1-10.

KM Drake, Lee Hargraves, S Loyd, PM Gallagher and PD Cleary. The Effect of Response Scale, Administration Mode, and Format on Responses to the CAHPS Clinician and Group Survey. Health Serv Res 2014;49(4):1387-1399.

YL Cuffy, Lee Hargraves, Milagros Rosal, Becky Briesacher, A Schoenthaler, S Person, S Hullett and Jeroan Allison. Reported Racial discrimination, Trust in Physicians, and Medication Adherence Among Inner-City African Americans with Hypertension. AM J Public Health 2013;103(11):e55-e62.

Jay Himmelstein, Scott Keays, Roni Mansur and Kaitlyn Kenney Walsh. Measuring the Outcomes of Health Reform: Opportunities for Federal and State Policymakers. Health Affairs blog, 2013.

Jay Himmelstein and Adrew Bindman. Advancing the University Mission Through Partnerships with State Medicaid Programs. Academic Medicine 2013;88(11):1606-1608.

M Bharel, Wen-Chieh Lin, J Zhang, E O'Connell, Robin Clark and RL Taube. Health Care Utilization Patterns of Homeless Individuals in Boston: Preparing for Medicaid Expansion Under Roger Luckmann, Mary Costanza, Milagros Rosal, Mary Jo White and Caroline Cranos. Referring Patients for Telephone Counseling to Promote Colorectal Cancer Screening. Am J Managed Care 2013;19(9):702-708.

EM Benjamin, RA Klugman, Roger Luckmann, DG Fairchild and SA Abookire. Impact of Cardiac Telemetry on Patient Safety and Cost. Am J Managed Care 2013;19(6):e225-232.

Steve Martin. Primary Care is First Contact Care. J Fam Pract 2014;63(5):244.

JJ van den Berg, B Bock, MB Roberts, LA Stein, PD Friedmann, Steve Martin and JG Clarke. Cigarette Smoking as an Expression of Independence and Freedom Among Inmates in a Tobacco-Free Prison in the United States. Nicotine Tob Res 2013, Oct 22 - e- pub head of print.

Monica Mitra. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MMWR. Public Health Practices to Include Persons with Disabilities. August, 2013.

Monica Mitra, and V Mouradian. Intimate Partner Violence Among Men with Disabilties in the US: Relative Prevalence and Health Correlates. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2014, in press.

Monika Mitra, L Iezzoni, J Zhang, Linda Long-Bellil, SC Cmeltzer and BA Barton. Prevalence and Risk Factors for Postpartum Depression Symptoms Among Women with Disabilities. Matern Child Health J, 2014, in press.

B Webster, Y Choi, AZ Bauer, M Cifuentes and Glenn PranskyThe Cascasde of Medical Services and Associated Longitudinal Costs due to Nonadherent Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Low Back Pain. Spine 2014;39(17):1433-1440.

E Besen and Glenn Pransky. Trajectories of Producitivity Loss over a 20-Year period: An Analysis of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. Scand J Work Environ Health 2014;40(4):380-389.

R Wilkie and Glenn Pransky. Improving Work Participation for Adults with Musculoskeletal Conditions. Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol 2012;26(5):733-742.

C Costa Lda, BW Koes, Glenn Pransky, J Borkan, CG Maher, and RJ Smeets. Primary Care Research Priorities in Low Back Pain: An Update. Spine 2013;38(2):148-156.

RA Illes, M Wyatt and Glenn Pransky. Multi-faceted Case Management: Reducing Compensation Costs of Musculoskeletal Work Injuries in Australia. J Occup Rehabil 2012;22(4):478-488.

Linda Cabral, Heather Strother, Kathy Muhr, Laura Sefton and Judy Savageau. Clarifying the Role of the Mental Health Peer Specialist in Massachusetts: Insights from Peer Specialists, Supervisors and Clients. Health and Social Care in the Community 2014;22(1):104-112.

Linda Cabral, Kathy Muhr, and Judy Savageau. Perspectives of People Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing on Mental Health, Recovery, and Peer Support. Community Mental Health Journal 2012;49:649-657.

JL Marquard, L Garber, Barry Saver, B Amster, M Kelleher and P Preusse. Overcoming Challenges Integrating Patient-generated Data into the Clinical EHR: Lessons from the CONtrolling Disease Using Inexpensive IT - Hypertension in Diabetes (CONDUIT_HID) Project. Int J Med Inform, 2013, in press.

Barry Saver, CY Wang, SA Dobie, PK Green and LM Baldwin. The Central Role of Comorbidity in Predicting Ambulatory Care Sensitive Hospitalizations. Eur J Public Health, 2013, in press

Bill Shaw, TH Tveito and CR Boot. Introduction to the Special Section: Sustainability of Work and Chronic Health Conditions. J Occup Rehabil 2013;23(2):157-161.

Bill Shaw, EH Chin, CC Nelson, SE Reme, MJ Woiszwillo and Santosh Verma. What Circumstances Prompt a Workplace Discussion in Medical Evaluations for Back Pain? J Occup Rehabil 2013;23(1):125-134.

Bill Shaw, MJ Woiszwillo and E Krupat. Further Validation of the Patient-Practioner Orientation Scale (PPOS) from Recorded Visits for Back Pain. Patient Educ Couns 2012;89(2):288-291.

SE Reme, Bill Shaw, IA Steenstra, MJ Woiszwillow, Glenn Pransky and SJ Linton. Distressed, Immobilized, or Lacking Employer Support? A Sub-classification of Acute Work-related Low Back Pain. J Occup Rehabil 2012;22(4):541-552.

Bill Shaw, VL Kristman and N Vezina. Workplace Issues. In P Loisel & JR Anema (Eds.) Handbook of Work Disability: Prevention and Management, New York: Springer, 2013.

Bill Shaw, SE Reme and CRL Boot. Health and Wellness Promotion in the Workplace. In R Gatchel & IZ Schultz (Eds.) Handbook of Occupational Health and Wellness. New York: Springer, 2012.

JK Carstene, Bill Shaw, K Boersma, SE Reme, Glenn Pransky and SJ Linton. When the Wind Goes out of the Sail - Declining Recovery Expectations in the First Weeks of Back Pain. Eur J Pain, 2013, in press.

Bill Shaw, SE Reme, Glenn Pransky, MJ Woiszillo, IA Steenstra and SJ Lindon. The PRICE (Pain Recovery Inventory of Concerns and Expectations) Questionnaire: A Psychosocial Screening Instrument to Identify Intervention Needs Among Patients at Elevated Risk of Back Disability. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2013, in press.

CJ Main, J Mitchel and Bill Shaw. Return to Work in Muskuloskeletel Disorders. In IZ Schultz & R Gatchel (Eds.) Handbook of Return-to-Work: From Research to Practice. New York: Springer, 2013, in press.

VL Kristman, Bill Shaw and K Whitt-Williams. Supervisors' Perspectives on Work Accomodations for the Chronically Ill. In SD Stone, V Crooks & M Owens (Eds.) Working Bodies: Chronic Illness in the Canadian Workplace, 2013, in press.

I Arends, U Bultmann, Bill Shaw, W van Rhenen, C Roelen, K Nielson and JJ van der Klink. How to Engage Occupational Physicians in Recruitment of Research Participants: A Mixed-Methods Study of Challenges and Opportunities. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 2013, in press.

Bill Shaw, Mary Jane Woiszwillo and Edward Krupat. Further Validation of the Patient-Practitioner Orientation Scale (PPOS) from Recorded Visits for Back Pain. Patient Education and Counseling 2012;89:288-291.

Hugh Silk. Diseases of the Mouth. Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice 2014;4(1):75-90.

Megan Curtis, Hugh Silk and Judy Savageau. Prenatal Oral Health Education in U.S. Dental Schools and Obstetrics and Gynecology Residencies. J Dental Education 2013;77(11):1461-1468.

Hugh Silk, A Douglass, R Maier, M Clark, M Deutchman, J Douglass et al.
Smiles for Life National Oral Health Curriculum. Module 5. Oral Health in Pregnancy. MedEd Portal (

Hugh Silk, Ronnelle King, Ian Bennett, A Chessman and Judy Savageau. Assessing Oral Health Curriculum in US Family Medicine Residency Program: A CERA Survey. Family Medicine 2012;44(10):719-722.

Herb Stevenson. Shoulder Problems in the Essentials of Family Medicine. (book chapter) Clinics in Sport Medicine. Wolters Kluwer/LWW 2012.

Stefan Topolski. Understanding Illness and Improving Health. 2 book chapters in Handbook of Systems and Complexity in Health. Sturmberg, Joachim P. and Martin, Carmel M. (Eds). 2012.

Craig Weiner. Parenting Your Child with ADHD, A Non-Nosense Guide for Nurturing Self-Reliance and Cooperation. New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2013.

Linda Weinreb, Nancy Byatt, Tiffany Moore Simas, Karen Tenner, and Judy Savageau. What Happens to Mental Health Treatment During Pregnancy? Women's Experience with Prescribing Providers. Psychiatric Quarterly, in press, 2014.

Nancy Byatt, Kathleen Biebal, Gifty Debordes-Jackson, Rebecca Lundquist, Tiffany Moore Simas, Linda Weinreb and Douglas Ziedonis. Community Mental Health Providers Reluctance to Provide Pharmocotherapy May be a Barrier to Addressing Perinatal Depression: A Preliminary Study. Psychiatric Quarterly, September, 2012 - online publication: DOI 10.1007/s11126-012-9236-0.

Bob Wellman, GA Contreras, EN Dugas, EK O'Loughlin and JL O'Loughlin. Determinants of Sustained Binge Drinking in Young Adults. Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research. epub ahead of print (doi.10.111/acer.12365), 2014.

EN Dugas, EK O'Louglin, NC Low, Bob Wellman and JL O'Loughlin. Sustained Waterpipe Use in Young Adults. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 2013; doi:10.1093/ntr/ntt215 (online publication).