Research Projects

The Office of the Associate Dean for Research administers research and training projects funded by a variety of federal, state and foundation sources. The table below lists current and past research projects, with links to individual project summaries, researcher profiles, and projects listed by nine broad categories.

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Project Title Researcher Category End Date
1115 Medicaid Waiver: Behavioral health project review Stacey Stevens Manser, Ph.D.
Molly Lopez, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Mental health 2014
Access, appraisals, and endorsement of mental health care on college campuses Susan M. De Luca, Ph.D.
Mental health; Racial/ethnic/sexual diversity 2019
Addressing developmental and social determinants of mental health in transition-age youth Deborah Ann Cohen, Ph.D.
Mental health 2020
Alliance for Adolescent Recovery and Treatment in Texas Molly Lopez, Ph.D.
Addictions; Mental health 2021
Alternatives to relinquishment of custody to obtain mental health services Monica Faulkner, Ph.D., LMSW
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption; Mental health 2014
Archives preservation of the Central Lunatic Asylum for Colored Insane King Davis, Ph.D. African Americans; Mental health 2011
Assessing mental distress and suicide among Texas families: A ten-year examination of parents and their children Susan M. De Luca, Ph.D.
Mental health 2016
ASSET System of Care Expansion Planning Initiative Molly Lopez, Ph.D.
Mental health; Organizational functioning 2013
Bexar Cares System of Care Deborah Ann Cohen, Ph.D.
Mental health 2018
Biological mechanisms of behavior change: The baroreflex and stress reactivity Fiona Conway, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care; Mental health 2019
Bringing what works to youth in corrections Molly Lopez, Ph.D.
Juvenile/Criminal justice; Mental health 2016
Caregiving of the mentally ill in African-American communities King Davis, Ph.D. African Americans; Families, children and youth; Mental health 2004
Changing the rates of misdiagnosis in psychiatry Deborah Ann Cohen, Ph.D.
African Americans; Disparities; Mental health 2020
Children’s Partnership David W. Springer, Ph.D., LCSW
Mental health 2003
Clean Slate: An alternative mental health approach in New Orleans King Davis, Ph.D. Mental health 2008
College students’ history of suicidal behaviors, help-seeking attitudes and behaviors Susan M. De Luca, Ph.D.
Education/Schools; Mental health 2017
CSWE Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Social Work Field Placement Project Tanya Voss, MSSW
Diana M. DiNitto, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Mental health; Social work education 2014
Demonstration to Maintain Independence and Employment (DMIE). Long-Term Follow Up Tom Bohman, Ph.D.
(dis) ability; Addictions; Mental health 2016
Developing a built environment measure for use in urban adolescent health research Ahmed Whitt, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Mental health 2014
Developing a web-based intervention for adolescents in distress: A mixed-methods study Susan M. De Luca, Ph.D.
Latinos; Mental health 2016
Does a brief preventive intervention affect PTSD outcomes? (IMPACT study) Stacey Stevens Manser, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Mental health 2018
DSHS Program TIEMH NorthSTAR: Evaluation and analysis Stacey Stevens Manser, Ph.D.
Addictions; Mental health; Organizational functioning 2016
Effectiveness of EMDR among girls in a residential treatment center Allen Rubin, Ph.D. Addictions; Mental health 2004
Effectiveness of EMDR therapy Allen Rubin, Ph.D. Health/Health care; Mental health 1997
Effectiveness of Good Chemistry Groups with dually diagnosed consumers Diana M. DiNitto, Ph.D.
Addictions; Mental health 1998
Evaluation of Managed Care Pilots A. James Schwab, Ph.D. Mental health; Organizational functioning 1998
Exploring the effects of parental deportation on U.S. citizen-children Luis H. Zayas, Ph.D.
Immigrants/Refugees; Latinos; Mental health 2014
Family involvement in treatment initiation among Latinos with first-episode psychosis Mercedes Hernandez, Ph.D., LCSW
Latinos; Mental health 2017
Fathers of offspring with severe mental illness King Davis, Ph.D. Mental health; Parenting 2003
FEDI replication and evaluation in Maryland Erin Espinosa, Ph.D. Juvenile/Criminal justice; Mental health 2016
Greenleaf Project Noël Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D., LMSW, MPA
Immigrants/Refugees; Mental health 2007
Healthy Community Collaboratives Evaluation Stacey Stevens Manser, Ph.D.
Mental health; Organizational functioning 2018
Heart of Texas System of Care (HOT) Deborah Ann Cohen, Ph.D.
Mental health 2020
Home and community-based services – Adult mental health implementation support Elisa V. Borah, Ph.D.
Mental health; Organizational functioning 2018
How does motivational interviewing work? Mechanisms of action in Project CHOICES Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.
Kirk von Sternberg, Ph.D.
Addictions; Mental health 2011
Immigration-related stress and suicidal behavior among Latino adolescents Lauren E. Gulbas, Ph.D.
Immigrants/Refugees; Latinos; Mental health 2015
Implementation science for mental health services Stacey Stevens Manser, Ph.D.
Mental health; Organizational functioning 2017
Improving social connectedness in home-bound seniors by integrating telehealth behavioral activation into home-delivered meals services Namkee G. Choi, Ph.D.
Gerontology; Mental health 2019
Innovative Teaching via a Therapy Dog Susan M. De Luca, Ph.D.
Mental health 2018
Integral Care Transition-Age Youth Program Deborah Ann Cohen, Ph.D.
Families, children and youth; Health/Health care; Mental health 2020
Integrated Behavioral Health MSSW Scholars Program for Underserved Populations Luis H. Zayas, Ph.D.
Diana M. DiNitto, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Mental health; Racial/ethnic/sexual diversity; Social work education 2016
Journey of Hope: Teaching coping skills and building resilience post natural disaster Lori K. Holleran Steiker, Ph.D., ACSW
Education/Schools; Mental health 2012
Juvenile Offender Substance Abuse Treatment Service (JOSATS) Network David W. Springer, Ph.D., LCSW
Addictions; Juvenile/Criminal justice; Mental health 2000
Linking community and family characteristics to adolescent adjustment Esther J. Calzada, Ph.D.
Latinos; Mental health 2022
Lived experience of recovery from severe mental illness Marilyn Armour, Ph.D.
Mental health 2003
Mental health access to immigrant Latinx emerging adults Carmen R. Valdez, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Immigrants/Refugees; Latinos; Mental health 2020
Mental health and substance abuse needs of HIV-infected persons in Texas Michele A. Rountree, Ph.D.
Beth C. Pomeroy, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care; Mental health 2010
Mental health literacy education for religious leaders in ethnic minority communities Yuri Jang, Ph.D.
Asian Americans; Mental health 2014
Mental health recovery and resilience Stacey Stevens Manser, Ph.D.
Molly Lopez, Ph.D.
Addictions; Mental health 2020
Mental health treatment of female children and adolescent sex offenders Ruth G. McRoy, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Juvenile/Criminal justice; Mental health 1997
Mental Status Examination Assistant A. James Schwab, Ph.D. Mental health; Organizational functioning 1995
Mexican-American parenting and early childhood development Esther J. Calzada, Ph.D.
Latinos; Mental health; Parenting 2017
Money Follows the Person: Behavioral health demonstration project Stacey Stevens Manser, Ph.D.
Lynn Wallisch, Ph.D.
Tom Bohman, Ph.D.
Addictions; Mental health 2019
Practitioners’ perspectives on retention problems among geriatric mental health clients Namkee G. Choi, Ph.D.
Gerontology; Mental health 2004
Programs, practices, and strategies in African-American communities that promote mental health and well-being King Davis, Ph.D. Addictions; African Americans; Mental health 2002
Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education) Molly Lopez, Ph.D.
Education/Schools; Mental health 2023
Psychoeducational grief group for AIDS-related bereavement Beth C. Pomeroy, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Mental health 2000
Psychoeducational group intervention for serodiscordant gay couples Beth C. Pomeroy, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Mental health 1998
Psychosocial wellbeing and service needs of post-deportation U.S. citizen-children in Mexico Luis H. Zayas, Ph.D.
Families, children and youth; Immigrants/Refugees; Latinos; Mental health 2021
Residency screening, brief intervention and referral for treatment: Southeastern Consortium (SECSAT) Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Mental health 2014
Screening Latino adolescents for behavioral health issues in primary care settings Lauren E. Gulbas, Ph.D.
Latinos; Mental health 2016
Services to clients with dual diagnoses of severe mental illness and chemical abuse or dependence Diana M. DiNitto, Ph.D.
Addictions; Mental health 2005
Short-term depression treatment for homebound older adults Namkee G. Choi, Ph.D.
Gerontology; Mental health 2009
Smoking relapse prevention among postpartum women Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.
Kirk von Sternberg, Ph.D.
Addictions; Mental health 2007
Solution-focused alternatives for education Calvin L. Streeter, Ph.D.
Cynthia G. S. Franklin, Ph.D.
Education/Schools; Mental health 2003
Solution-focused therapy and learning-challenged students Cynthia G. S. Franklin, Ph.D.
Education/Schools; Mental health 1998
South Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Molly Lopez, Ph.D.
Mental health 2023
Stepping up Austin RA1SE: Reducing the duration of psychosis Deborah Ann Cohen, Ph.D.
Mental health 2023
Strong Families at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Metrocare Elisa V. Borah, Ph.D.
Mental health; Military/Veterans 2018
Suicidal trajectories from early adolescence into young adulthood in a national sample Susan M. De Luca, Ph.D.
Mental health 2019
Targeted Strategies to Accelerate EBP Implementation in Military Settings (TACTICS) Elisa V. Borah, Ph.D.
Mental health; Military/Veterans 2024
Telehealth problem-solving treatment of homebound older adults Namkee G. Choi, Ph.D.
Gerontology; Mental health 2013
Telehealth treatments for depression with low-income homebound seniors Namkee G. Choi, Ph.D.
Gerontology; Health/Health care; Mental health 2019
Texas adolescents substance use disorder treatment planning initiative Molly Lopez, Ph.D.
Addictions; Mental health 2017
Texas children recovering from trauma / Trauma-informed care transformation Molly Lopez, Ph.D.
Mental health 2016
Texas LAUNCH Molly Lopez, Ph.D.
Families, children and youth; Mental health 2019
Texas mental health and juvenile justice initiative Jemel Aguilar, Ph.D.
Forrest Novy, Ph.D.
Juvenile/Criminal justice; Mental health 2009
Texas Panhandle-Plains Partnership for Children and Families Deborah Ann Cohen, Ph.D.
Families, children and youth; Mental health 2019
Texas System of Care expansion implementation cooperative agreement Molly Lopez, Ph.D.
Mental health; Organizational functioning 2021
The Latina college student experience M. Teresa Granillo, Ph.D., MSW Education/Schools; Latinos; Mental health 2013
Translating evidence-based behavioral interventions into community practice Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.
Kirk von Sternberg, Ph.D.
Health/Health care; Mental health; Social work education 2008
Undocumented, unaccompanied, and citizen: Charting research directions for children of immigration Luis H. Zayas, Ph.D.
Immigrants/Refugees; Latinos; Mental health 2016
Veteran Spouse Network Elisa V. Borah, Ph.D.
Mental health; Military/Veterans 2018
Veterans Network Evaluation Elisa V. Borah, Ph.D.
Stacey Stevens Manser, Ph.D.
Mental health; Military/Veterans 2015
Via Hope: Texas Mental Health Resource Molly Lopez, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care; Mental health 2014
Why adolescent Latinas attempt suicide more than other females Lauren E. Gulbas, Ph.D.
Luis H. Zayas, Ph.D.
Disparities; Latinos; Mental health; Racial/ethnic/sexual diversity 2019
Wonders and Worries: Testing a psychosocial intervention for children who have a parent with cancer Farya Phillips, Ph.D., CCLS
Barbara L. Jones, Ph.D.
Families, children and youth; Health/Health care; Mental health 2018
Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Waiver Molly Lopez, Ph.D.
Mental health 2017
Youth Pathways Erin Espinosa Juvenile/Criminal justice; Mental health; Organizational functioning 2017
Zero Suicides in Texas: Youth suicide prevention Molly Lopez, Ph.D.
Mental health 2017
Title Researcher Category End Date
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