New courses, projects, and opportunities announced by CROPP

There’s lots of news from the Department of Clinical Psychology’s Center for Research on Psychological Practice (CROPP) to start the new semester:

    •Jim Fauth, CROPP director, is offering a series of cross-disciplinary learning opportunities in program evaluation this fall for matriculated AUNE and non-matriculated community members alike. Among the offerings are a one-day in-person workshop, a one-credit course, and a three-credit course. Both courses are hybrid in nature, with some in person and some online instruction. All the offerings are geared toward helping anyone who would like, now or in the future, to learn about, improve, and/or advocate for their community-based program, practice, or service.
    •CROPP has just been hired to help the University of Massachusetts-Lowell evaluate a three-year, campus-wide suicide prevention program. The program involves training residential life, health services and other university staff to recognize and respond to indications of suicide risk and preparing various campus and community agencies to help at-risk students. CROPP assisted UMass-Lowell in applying for the federal grant that will fund the program and will be involved in evaluation activities for the full three years. Second year PsyD student Christina Minasian has been hired to be CROPP’s “face” (and brain!) at the Lowell campus.
    •CROPP will assist the New Hampshire chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in submitting a grant proposal in September to evaluate a pioneering intervention to reduce readmission rates among patients discharged from the State psychiatric hospital. If funded, this will be a one-year pilot project to commence in December. We are grateful to second-year PsyD students David Porrino and Carrie Olsen for substantial research and writing assistance in preparing for this application.
    •This summer, CROPP was invited to write the evaluation portion of a $30 million, four-year federal grant proposal to enhance New Hampshire’s system of care for children’s behavioral health issues. Funding decisions are expected in late September. If this one comes through, CROPP will hire several more student collaborators this fall.
    •Also this summer, Jake Austin defended his dissertation about the impact of integrating behavioral health clinicians into primary care settings on the job satisfaction of primary care providers. This is the first dissertation to emerge from our recently completed Integrated Care Evaluation project, funded for four years by the New Hampshire Endowment for Health.

    We congratulate Jake on his dissertation and related post-doctoral position as an integrated behavioral health provider in Madison, Wisconsin, and we invite other students to think about CROPP as a source for dissertation research opportunities.