The Center for Research on Psychological Practice (CROPP) in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England (AUNE) has been involved in some exciting projects lately. Here are the highlights:
• NAMI-NH Connect Suicide Prevention. Five PsyD students worked on the Connect Suicide Prevention program, led by NAMI NH, which winds down this spring. CROPP provided evaluation and strategic planning consultation for the project.
Fifth-year PsyD student Courtney Rice, second-year students Carrie Olsen, David Porrino, and Thomas Hulslander, and third-year student Casey O’Keefe worked on the project. Two of the students developed dissertations, based on their experience with the program.
• University of Massachusetts-Lowell support. Because of its involvement with the NAMI-NH project, CROPP will help the University of Massachusetts–Lowell launch and evaluate its own three-year, campus suicide-prevention program. CROPP was asked to help UMass apply for the grant, from the same federal funder. Second-year AUNE PsyD student Christina Minasian is part of the CROPP team that will be working with UMass.
•New Cheshire County Drug Court. CROPP has been invited to join a team of Cheshire County human service and law enforcement personnel to design and evaluate a new drug diversion court that would more effectively and efficiently address the growing portion of law enforcement activities that involve substance abuse. The team expects to submit an application for a federal grant this winter for a project that would start next fall.
•Vision 2020. CROPP continues to serve as an evaluator for Vision 2020, the broad public health initiative for Cheshire County. With student collaborators Ted Green and Greg Betz, both third-year students, CROPP helps the Vision 2020 team monitor and publicize health surveillance data, evaluate the impact of their public health campaigns, and strengthen the capacities of community partners to deliver and evaluate effective health interventions.
•NH System of Care for Disturbed Youth. A New Hampshire-wide system of care for severely emotionally disturbed youth and their families, for which CROPP helped prepare a grant application, launches soon. CROPP will also serve as the evaluator for the four-year, four-million-dollar project.