Our Work

The Research Department hosts, implements, and supervises evidence based, best practice intervention research studies in partnership with multiple collaborators from national and international universities and academic centers. We work together to develop and implement externally-funded research and training programs on behalf of the agency. We also contribute to external workshops, publications, and technical assistance for the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA) and American Psychological Association (APA), among others.

The Research Department is a team of diverse professionals with an array of skills and experience in research methodology, mental health services, evaluation of evidence-based practices, emerging interventions, data management, and evaluation. The team is purposely structured interdependently; researchers work together in teams to ensure ethical practices and to support accountable, accurate data. The Department builds connections with program clinicians, supported employment specialists, and leadership to foster successful recruitment for multiple, externally-funded studies. This ensures teams are aware of any clinically-significant issues that arise during research interviews/interventions. These efforts are specifically focused on maintaining continuity of care as a priority across departments.

The Research Department supports opportunities for members to engage in research projects evaluating new interventions and promising practices that promote recovery among individuals with serious mental illness. Research Department personnel include staff with advanced training in psychology, social work, public health, psychiatric rehabilitation, and rehabilitation counseling. Department personnel also hold diverse types of licenses, certifications, and credentials including LCSW, LPC, CRC, CPRP, and CADC. One of the goals of the Department is to engage in translational science, namely synthesizing research literature and outcomes into sustainable clinical interventions. Staff also provide consultation regarding services for programs related to multiple areas of recovery, such as wellness, needs of young adults, cognitive remediation, SE/IPS programs, and peer-operated services. Department personnel implement neuropsychiatric and other sensitive psychiatric assessments, including the SCID and MATRICS, as well as have experience tracking biological markers and health indicators such as carbon dioxide related to smoking cessation. Research staff also are experienced in clinical interviewing, qualitative and quantitative methods, data visualization, database construction and management, univariate and multivariate statistical techniques, use of SPSS and other analytic software, grant preparation and submission, and maintenance of required human subjects’ protections and Institutional Review Board (IRB) approvals. Personnel at the Research Department also include individuals who are Bilingual assessors who can provide technical and clinical support.