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.

Katherine Barnard. Health Literacy: A Family Doctor's Perspective. Worcester Medicine 2013;77(1):9-10.

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.

Alexander Blount. Getting Mental Health Care Where it is Needed. Families, Systems and Health 2013;31(2):117-118.

Alexander Blount. Forms in the Patient-Centered Medical Home. Families, Systems and Health 2012;30:189.

Alexander Blount. What is the Role of Primary Care Diagnosis and Treatment in Terms of the Nation's Mental Health? Harvard Medicine, Winter 2013.

Lucy Candib. Writing is Like Touch. Fam Med 2013;45(1):44-45.

Stephanie Carter-Henry and Tina Runyan. Multiple Role Relationships in Healthcare Education. Families, Systems and Health 2013;31(1):96-107.

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.

R Mott-Kies, L Gifford DeGeus, Suzanne Cashman and Judy Savageau. Characteristics of Patients at Three Free Clinics. (book chapter). Free Clinics: Local Responses to Health Care Needs (Ed. VM Brenner). The John Hopkins University Press, 2013.

Matt Silva, Suzanne Cashman, Parag Kunte and Lucy Candib. Improving Population Health Through Integration of Primary Care and Public Health: Lessons from an Intervention to Foster Physical Activity Access for Community Health Center Patients. American Journal of Public Health 2012;102(11):e56-61.

Celeste Lemay, Suzanne Cashman, Anne McDonald and John Graves. A New Approach to Ensuring Oral Health Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS: The Dental Case Manager. Preventing Chronic Disease 2012;9:110297.

KT Mueser, SM Glynn, C Cather, H Xie, R Zarate, LF Smith, Robin Clark, JD Gottlieb, R Wolfe and J Feldman. A Randomized Controlled Trial of Family Intervention for Co-Occuring Substance Use and Severe Psychiatric Disorders. Schizophr Bull 2013;39(3):658-672.

E Latimer, W Wynant, Robin Clark, A Malla, E Moodie, R Tamblyn and A Naidu. Underprescribing of Clozapine and Unexplained Variation in Use Across Hospitals and Regions in the Canadian Province of Québec. Clinical Schizophrenia and Related Psychoses 2013;7(1):33-41.

Robin Clark and Jeff Baxter. Responses of State Medicaid Programs to Buprenorphine Diversion: Doing More Harm than Good? JAMA Internal Medicine 2013;173(17):1571-1572.

Joe DiFranza. New Insights into the Development of Tobacco Dependence: A Review of Recent Research. Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology 2012;25:76-79.

Joe DiFranza, AM Barrett, A Colosia, A Masaquel and P Mahadevia. Assessment of Tobacco Smoke Exposure as a Risk Factor for Serious Respiratory Syncytial Virus Disease. BMC Pediatrics 2012;12:81.

K Schuck, M Kleinjan, R Otten, RC Engels and Joe DiFranza.Responses to Environmental Smoking in Never-Smoking Children: Can Symptoms of Nicotine Addiction Develop in Response to Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure? J Psychopharmacol 2013;27(6):533-540.

SS Kim, H Fang Joe DiFranza, DM Ziedonis and Gx Ma. Gender Differences in the Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence in Korean Americans. J Smok Cessat 2012;7(1):1-6.

Joe DiFranza, W Huang and JA King. Neuroadaption in Nicotine Addiction: Update on the Sensitization-Homeostasis Model. Brain Sciences 2012;2:523-552.

W Huang, Joe DiFranza, DN Kennedy, N Zhang, D Ziedonis and JA King. Neural Correlates of Advancing Tobacco Addiction. PLOS ONE, 2013 in press.

Joe DiFranza, Bob Wellman, Judy Savageau, Ariel Beccia, Sanouri Ursprung and Robert McMillen. What Aspect of Dependence Does the Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence Measure? ISRN Addiction, Volume 13, Article ID 9062276, doi:10.1155/2013/906276.

Kylee Eagles, Laura Fralich and Herb Stevenson. Ear Trauma. (book chapter) Clinics in Sports Medicine. Wolters Kluwer/LWW 2012.

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.

AS Spaulding, AY Kim, AJ Harzke, JC Sullivan, BP Linas, A Brewer, J Dickert, BH McGovern, LB Strick, R Trestman and Warren Ferguson. Impact of New Therapeutics for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Incarcerated Populations. Top Antivir Med 2013;21(1):27-35.

KR Tyo, Deborah Gurewich, DS Shepard. Methodical Challenges of Measuring Primary Care Delivery to Pediatric Medicaid Beneficiaries Who Use Community Health Centers. AM J Pub Health 2013;103(2):273-275.

Deborah Gurewich, J Prottas and J Sirkin. Coordinating Primary Care and Substance Abuse Treatment Services: Lessons from Community Health Centers. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 2013, in press.

Heather-Lyn Haley, Meredith Walsh, Nan Tin Maund, Clara Savage and Suzanne Cashman. Primary Prevention for Resettled Refugees from Burma: Where to Begin? J Commnity Health, 2013, in press.

YL Cuffy, Lee Hargraves, and J Allison. Exploring the Association Between Reported  Discrimination and Hypertension Among African Americans: A Systematic Review. Ethn Dis 2012;22(4):422-431.

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.

Jay Himmelstein and Michael Tutty. Establishing the Technology Infrastructure for Health Insurance Exchanges Under the Affordable Care Act: Initial Observations from the "Early Innovator" and Advanced Implementation States. National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) Study Panel on Health Insurance Exchanges at

Tracy Kedian, Lisa Gussak, Judy Savageau, Andreas Cohrssen, Ilene Abramson, K Everard and A Dobbie. An Ounce of Prevention: How Are We Managing the Early Assessment of Residents' Clinical Skills? Family Medicine 2012;44(10):723-726.

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 the Affordable Care Act. American Journal of Public Health, 2013, in press.

Wen-Chieh Lin and Robin Clark: "The Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce for Older Adults: In Whose Hands?" IOM Report, National Academies Press, 2012.

Mary Lindholm, Lee Hargraves, Warren Ferguson and George Reed. Professional Language Interpretation and Inpatient Length of Stay and Readmission Rates. JGIM 2012;27(10):1294-1299.

Lisa Iezzoni and Linda Long Belil. Training Physicians about Caring for Persons with Disabilities: "Nothing About Us Without Us" Disability and Health Journal 2012;5:136-139.

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.

Steve Martin, BR Celli, Joe DiFranza, SJ Krinzman, JG Clarke, H Beam, S Howard, M Foster and RJ Goldberg. Health Effects of the Federal Bureau of Prisons Tobacco Ban. BMC Pulm Med 2012;12:64.

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, 2013;28:808-830.

Dan Mullin and Joe Stenger. Ethical Matters in Rural Integrated Primary Care Settings. Family Systems and Health 2013;31(1):69-74.

Dan Mullin and JS Funderburk. Implementing Clinical Interventions in Integrated Behavioral Settings: Best Practices and Essential Elements . In MR Talen & A Burke Valeras (Eds.) Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care: Evaluating the Evidence, Identifying the Essentials. New York: Springer. 2013.

R Wilkie, M Blagojevic-Bucknall, KP Jordan and Glenn Pransky. Onset of Work Restriction in Employed Adults with Lower Limb Joint Pain: Individual Factors and Area-level Socioeconomic Conditions. J Occup Rehabil 2013;23(2);180-188.

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).