Current Projects

Research Support Funding

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Amodeo Mi Camino- Peer-Based Recovery Support Services for Latinos with Substance Use and Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders DHHS/SAMHSA via Casa Esperanza
($150,000 // 2013 – 2016)
Summary
Dr. Amodeo is a Principal Investigator of this outcome evaluation which will examine the effectiveness of implementing a peer-to-peer recovery intervention “Mi Camino” to reduce substance abuse relapse among Latina/os after discharge from residential addiction treatment. It will serve 220 participants over a three-year period. The purpose of the project is to integrate recovery support into all Casa Esperanza programs and strengthen capacity for consumer empowerment.

Geron Suicide Prevention Among Older Adults Massachusetts Department of Public Health
($231,990 // 2008-2014)
Summary
This program is a collaborative model of statewide training addressing suicide prevention among older adults. It is targeted to mental health, substance abuse, and aging service practitioners who work primarily with immigrant and refugee populations. The goal of this project is to create a new online course on Promoting Mental Wellness among Older Immigrants and Refugees utilizing the best practices in adult learning.

Ha Child Care Arrangements and Cognitive Outcomes of Children from Latino Immigrant, Mixed-Status Families Silberman Foundation via University of Chicago
($18,650 // 2012-2014)
Summary
Dr. Ha is a Principal Investigator on a research study examining how child care arrangements affect cognitive outcomes of children in Latino immigrant, mixed-status families.

Ha Evaluation of the Child Care Voucher Eligibility Reassessment Policy Change in Massachusetts DHHS/ACF via Brandeis University (195,170 // 2013-2017)
Hahm HIV/STIs Risk Related Behaviors Among Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese Women HHS/NIH/NIMH
($834,900 // 2009-2014)
Summary
Dr. Hahm is the Principal Investigator of the research  study, “API Women’s Sexual Health Initiative Project” (AWSHIP) explores the relationships between depression, acculturation, family cohesion, and HIV/STIs risk behaviors among 730 young adult women (Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese) who are children of immigrants. The study also explores how these API women describe engagement in HIV/STIs risk behaviors, within the context of gender roles and disparities in relationship power. Methods include a cross-sectional survey and a qualitative study, using in-depth interviews of subsample of survey participants.

Hahm Developing an Intervention to Promote API Women’s Sexual and Mental Health DHHS/NIH/National Institute of Mental Health (R34)
($750,500 // 2013-2016)
Summary
Dr. Hahm is a Principal Investigator of a pilot study is to create an intervention to reduce API Women’s Sexual and Mental Health problems. This is a three-year study (2013-2016) to systematically modify the existing evidence-based intervention, ‘Seeking Safety’ (SS), by integrating a gender-specific HIV intervention (Project FIO) and critical cultural components for Asian-Pacific Islander (API) women who report a history of violent traumatic experience or a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This integrative, holistic approach is innovative as such: (1) the study will be the first pilot RCT study to target traumatized API women, (2) it incorporates a culturally appropriate intervention to be widely available, acceptable, and feasible, (3) it is designed to reduce HIV risk behavior, and (4) it tests the feasibility of a mobile technology.

Lundgren TuBienestar-Casa Esperanza DHHS/Center For Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration via Casa Esperanza
($312,000 // 2013-2016)
Summary
Dr. Lundgren is the Principal Investigator of this 3 year evaluation effort. This study will examine the effectiveness of an intervention implemented by Casa Esperanza, a Latina/o residential addiction treatment unit to provide a medical home and integrated care for Latina/os with substance use disorders at risk of HIV and/or HIV positive.  Specifically, Tu Bienestar Health Home will recruit hard to reach Latina women through a targeted neighborhood outreach method and provide 140 Latinas who are at-risk for or living with HIV, who may have experiences of violence and trauma which impact their exposure to HIV, substance use disorders (SUD) and mental health disorders (MH) with clinical addiction treatment, trauma-recovery treatment provided by a trauma specialist, and HIV risk reduction and prevention education, including HIV, STI, and pregnancy testing.

Lundgren La Voz: HIV Outreach, Addiction Treatment and Trauma Support for Latinas DHHS/Center For Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration via Tapestry Health
($311,800 // 2013 – 2016)
Summary
Dr. Lena Lundgren has been awarded a three-year grant to conduct an study to examine the effectiveness of an intervention implemented by Tapestry Health/LaVoz to conduct a door-to-door HIV testing outreach campaign to reduce HIV risk among Latina/os residing in Western Massachusetts.  This project will recruit hard to reach Latina women through a targeted neighborhood outreach method (n = 2600) and provide 200 Latinas who are at-risk for or living with HIV, who may have experiences of violence and trauma which impact their exposure to HIV, substance use disorders (SUD) and mental health disorders (MH) with clinical addiction treatment, trauma-recovery treatment provided by a trauma specialist, and HIV risk reduction and prevention education, including HIV, STI, and pregnancy testing.

Lundgren Research and Mentoring Project on Compulsory Addiction Treatmen0t Umea University (Sweden)
($118,000 // 2012-2014)
Summary
The purpose of this research and mentoring effort is to conduct a study on the relationship between compulsory addiction utilization and mortality in Sweden. A second aim is to mentor two doctoral level students in Sweden on addiction health services research using large register data bases.

Lundgren Research Program in Addictions in Collaboration with Umea University Umea University (Sweden)
($339,400 // 2013-2018)
Summary
The purpose of this cross-national collaborative research effort is  to conduct longitudinal data analyses use Swedish national register databases to identify disparities in access and utilization in addiction treatment.
Lundgren In the Community and For the Community (ICFC): Boston University Mental Health Training Program for Medically Underserved Communities Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
($480,000 // 2012-2015)
Summary
The purpose of the research component of this training effort is to examine if the ICFC program increased the number of non-traditional social work graduates from medically underserved communities (MUC) trained in empirically supported trauma and co-morbid mental health and substance use identification and treatment methods, and who will work as mental health professionals in these MUC.

Miller The Summer Food Service Program and Food Insecurity in Households with Children: Evidence from California USDA via the RIDGE Center at the Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin, Madison
($40,000 // 2013-2014)
Summary
Dr. Miller is Principal Investigator of a research study to examine the impact of the Summer Food Service Program on the food insecurity of low-income households with children in the state of California. The study will link state data on the location and number of Summer Food sites to information on food insecurity from the 2011 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), a biannual public health surveillance survey of Californians. It will attempt to develop credible estimates of the impact of the Summer Food Service Program by examining whether proximity to a SFSP site affects household food insecurity.

Muroff Smartphone Technology to Reduce Relapse Among Latinos DHHS/SAMHSA/Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
($840,000 // 2013-2016)
Summary
Dr. Muroff is a Principal Investigator on  a three-year research study to examine whether the use of Health Information Technology, specifically a Spanish version of the A-CHESS Smartphone application  provided to Latinos in recovery for  co-occurring alcohol and/or other drug (AOD)  and mental health  disorders (MHD) will reduce drug/alcohol relapse and increase adherence to medication.

Paris Process and Outcome Evaluation of Project BRIGHT II (Building Resilience Through Intervention: Growing Healthier Together) HHS/SAMHSA via Institute for Health and Recovery, Inc.
($320,000 // 2012-2017)
Summary
The purpose of the research is to measure the extent the BRIGHT II intervention reaches its objectives both at the individual and program levels. At the individual level the study will examine if project participation improved children’s emotional health and parents’ capacity for optimal parenting. At the program level we will conduct a process evaluation to examine if the program reached its target population (e.g. numbers of children/families served,) if proposed trauma-informed services were provided, and whether training and supervision were provided to OTP staff. Learn more about Project BRIGHT II here.
Paris Substance Exposed Newborns Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS)
($359,000 // 2012-2017)
Summary
The purpose of the research is twofold. Initially, the research team will work with JF&CS staff to conduct a qualitative needs assessment of women who are in recovery from substance abuse and gave birth to a substance-exposed newborn. Subsequently, findings from the needs assessment will inform a new JF&CS intervention for pregnant women and postpartum mothers addressing the emotional and psychological challenges of being the parent of a substance-exposed newborn while in recovery. The BUSSW team will build and conduct a process and outcome evaluation of the new program.

Spencer Prediction and Prevention of Premature Closures of Mentoring Relationships: A prospective study of participants, processes, and program practices
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention via Portland State University
($92,000 // 2013-2015)
Summary
The purpose of the research is to identify and describe the practices used by site coordinators in the YouthBuild mentoring programs toward fostering and sustaining successful mentoring relationships and the contribution these practices make to the quality of these relationships and their differential impact on youth outcomes.

See a full list of completed projects here.