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Mental and Behavioral Health Blog

College Student Mental Health and Wellness: Impact of COVID-19

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This week we will be discussing an article titled, “Impact of COVID on College Student Mental Health and Wellness”, authored by Copeland and colleagues. In this article published in October of 2020, the authors examine and discuss the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the emotions, behavior, and wellness of first-year college students. 

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Efficacy of a Spanish Mobile Application to Reduce Self-Injurious Behavior

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This week we will be discussing an article titled “CALMA, a Mobile Health Application, as an Accessory to Therapy for Reduction of Suicidal and Non-Suicidal Self-Injured Behaviors: A Pilot Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial.” This article, written by Rodante and colleagues, was  published in the Archives of Suicide Research Journal in October of 2020. In this article, the authors evaluated the utility of a mobile-health application (used as an adjunct to ongoing therapy), CALMA, in reducing the frequency of suicidal and non-suicidal behaviors and/or ideations.

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Evaluating  the Quality of Addiction Treatment Across the United States

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This week we will be discussing an article written by authors Mark, Dowd, and Council published on August 20, 2020 in the RTI International Journal. In this article titled, “Tracking Quality of Addiction Treatment Over Time and Across states: Using the Federal Government’s “Signs” of Higher Quality”, the authors track trends in the signs of higher-quality addiction treatment as defined by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Addiction (NIAAA), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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The Effectiveness of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in Children/Adolescents

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This week we will be discussing an article published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology Review titled, “Cognitive behavioral therapy for internalizing disorders in children and adolescents in routine clinical care: A systematic review and meta-analysis”, written by authors Wergeland, Riise, and Ӧst. 

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LGBT-specific Mental Health Treatment in the United States

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This week we will be discussing an article published in the Journal of Health Services Research titled, “The availability of LGBT-specific mental health and substance abuse treatment in the United States”, written by authors Williams and Fish. The authors examine the presence of LGBT-specific treatment programs in the United States, as well as predictive facility  characteristics that may be associated with providing LGBT-specific intervention programs.

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Examining Substance Use Treatment Efficacy at 12-Month Follow-Up, Across Younger and Older Adults

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The article we will discuss this week is published in the Journal of Addictive Behaviors, and is titled “Evaluating substance use treatment efficacy for younger and older adults.”  In this article, authors Dingle and Bowen examine how common substance use treatments - standard cognitive-behavioral relapse prevention (RP), Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP), and 12-step-based treatment as usual (TAU) - are associated with 12-month sobriety for younger and older adults.

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Mental Health Disorders Among Children in Foster Care

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This week we will be discussing a review article published in July 2020 in the Sage Journal of Trauma, Violence, and Abuse. In this article, titled “A Systematic Review of Mental Health Disorders of Children in Foster Care”, authors Engler, Kwabena, Sarpong, Van Horne, Greeley, and Keefe summarize the rate of mental health disorders among children in foster care, the specific types of disorders faced by children in foster care, and how various factors can affect mental health outcomes.

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How to Equip  School Staff to More Effectively Address Student Non-Suicidal Self Injury

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This week we will be reviewing an article from the American Psychological Associations’ Journal of International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation. This article, authored by Hasking, Bloom, Lewis, and Baetens is titled “Developing a Policy, and Professional Development for School Staff, to Address and Respond to Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in Schools.”. This article focuses on the necessity of developing professional training for school staff relative to addressing and responding to non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) in a school setting. 

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Telepsychology Service Utilization in Rural Settings

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This week we will be reviewing and discussing an article published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology in December of 2019. In this article, titled “Rural mental health service utilization in a Texas telepsychiatry clinic”, authors Tarlow, McCord, Du, Hammett, and Wills examined associations between telehealth service utilization and clients’ distance from nearby telehealth access points. The purpose of this study was to determine if service utilization varied based on the remoteness of clients in a predominantly rural health professional shortage area (HPSA) in Texas.

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Screening for Mental Health Comorbidities in Pediatric Patients with Diabetes

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This week we will be discussing an article that’s a little bit different from our usual content. This week, we will review and discuss a Quality Improvement Success Story published in August 2020 by the American Diabetes Association in collaboration with the American College of Physicians and the National Diabetes Education Program. In this article, authors Roberts, Barry, Yi-Frazier, Rutman, Pihoker, and Malik describe their efforts to improve mental health screening of patients at a pediatric diabetes clinic. 

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