Current Grants

R01MH120147
NIMH
Role: PI

Implementing and Sustaining a Transdiagnostic Sleep and Circadian Treatment to Improve Severe Mental Illness Outcomes in Community Mental Health

An obstacle to the roll-out of evidence-based treatments (EBTs) for severe mental illness (SMI) is that the context for the implementation typically differs from the original testing context causing a lack of “fit” between the setting and the EBT. This study will evaluate if adapting a specific treatment to improve the contextual fit improves outcomes in a setting that typifies this challenge—community mental health centers (CMHCs).  

R21HD097819
NIMH
Role: PI

Parent-Adolescent Interpersonal Processes in the Science of Behavior Change 
We are developing a Parent Behavior Change Intervention to improve adolescent sleep. Parent-teen conversations can be negative, coercive, and conflictual. Negative parent-teen conversation can have negative impact on brain development. Parents have profound impacts on teen risk and vulnerability. Yet, they receive minimal training in the elements of conversations that optimally inspire their children toward healthy behaviors. We are applying to a theoretically grounded and reliable taxonomy of behavior change techniques (BCTs) to scientifically derive the conversational elements, or micro-mechanisms, that reduce parent-teen coercion and conflict and facilitate upward spirals of healthy behavior change.

R01MH1086
NIMH
Role: PI

Improving Outcome for Severe Mental Illness by Enhancing Memory for Treatment 
The novel treatment to be tested—the Memory Support Intervention—has potential to substantially improve treatment outcomes across a wide range of treatments and mental disorders on the basis of evidence that: (1) mental disorders are commonly characterized by memory impairment; (2) memory for the contents of treatment is poor; (3) more memory impairment is associated with worse outcome; (4) the impact of memory impairment can be minimized and (5) improved memory for treatment improves outcome.

R01MH105513
NIMH
Role: PI

A transdiagnostic sleep and circadian treatment to improve community SMI outcomes
This study seeks to determine if an intervention to improve sleep can improve functioning and reduce symptoms and impairment. We will conduct this study in community mental health centers to ensure that the results contribute to closing the worrisome gap between research and practice and ensure that the findings are generalizable to the real world.