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Doctoral Faculty Research

At the Silver School of Social Work, doctoral students are given the opportunity to collaborate on faculty projects spanning a variety of topic areas, thereby gaining first-hand experience in conducting social work research. Below is a representative sample of the current research projects directed by NYU Silver’s esteemed faculty.

Experiences of Peer Specialists with Mental Health and Criminal Justice Histories
Research Challenge Grant
Provost Office, New York University
Duration of Study: 2014-2016
 
This pilot study investigates both the lived and work experiences of peer specialists with mental health and criminal justice histories and the meanings they derive from their work. This study interviewed graduates of Howie the Harp who had a mental health diagnosis and at least 6 months of incarceration history. Data collection started in December 2014 and ended in February 2016. At the end of data collection, 15 peer specialists participated in 45 interviews.The goals of this study are to understand how peer specialists with criminal justice histories incorporate their lived experience into their work; and to develop an understanding of how being a peer specialist may support a person in recovery and desistance from crime. Data analysis on the 45 interviews is being conducted.
 
An Exploration of Health And Mental Health of Formerly Imprisoned Adults With Serious Mental Illnesses
Co-PIs: Drs. Beth Angell and Kelli Canada
McSilver Institute of Poverty Policy and Research Pilot Grant
Duration of Study: 2016-2017
 
This study aims to examine how individuals with mental illnesses experience incarceration including interactions with correctional officers and the effects of incarceration on their physical and mental health. This study will lead to a framework for understanding these interactions and the impact of incarceration on health outcomes. This is a multi-site study across three cities and data from this study will be used to develop future projects, including developing a community reentry intervention for individuals with mental illness leaving prison and assessing and addressing training needs of correctional officers.
 

Fathers Raising Responsible Men: Teen Pregnancy Prevention for Adolescent Males
PI: Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos
National Institute of Child Health and Development
Grant No. 1U01DP006106-01
Duration of Study: 9/2015 - 9/2020

This project will develop, evaluate, and disseminate a teen pregnancy, STI and HIV prevention program specifically designed for ethnic minority adolescent males. This intervention is designed to facilitate important paternal parenting behaviors that influence adolescent decision-making. We use a novel, theoretically-based intervention highlighting the important and influential role that fathers have on the development of adolescent males. The goal of this study is to reduce adolescent male sexual risk behavior and to further develop the scientific evidence and intervention options targeted specifically to the teen pregnancy prevention needs of ethnic minority adolescent males.

Expertise: Social welfare policy, with an emphasis on children and families; effects of maternal employment and child care on children's cognitive and social and emotional outcomes; impact of welfare reform and child care subsidies on families; parental work schedules, child care use, and child well-being; and cognitive and socio-emotional outcomes of children in immigrant families.
 

Improving Contraceptive Counseling in the United States
PI: Dr. James Jaccard
Grant No. FPRPA006057
Duration of Study: 2012-2016

The primary aims of the research are to develop a scientifically grounded evidence-based contraceptive counseling protocol, and empirically evaluate its effectiveness in affecting those behaviors as focused on women between the ages of 18 - 30.

Safe Mothers Safe Children Initiative
PI: Dr. Michael A. Lindsey; Co-Investigators: Drs. Claude Chemtob and Mary McKay
Grant No. 22-43000-R 0324 - Robin Hood Foundation
Grant No. 21214.0379 - Annie E. Casey Foundation
Duration of Study: 1/2016 - 12/2018
 

The Safe Mothers Safe Children (SMSC) initiative seeks to reduce the risk of repeat child maltreatment through a multi-pronged intervention that enhances the identification, case management, and treatment of mothers receiving preventive services. The study intervention is adapted from Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR) which is designed to treat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and foster positive parenting as a means of reducing child maltreatment and enhancing maternal and child well-being. The SMSC initiative aims to help preventive agencies identify traumatized mothers who are at risk for repeat maltreatment and/or foster care placement; improve access to mental health services for mothers at high risk; increase caseworker knowledge of trauma and its impact on parenting and child maltreatment; increase caseworkers’ knowledge of early childhood needs and resources; develop caseworkers’ engagement skills with traumatized clients; and improve preventive agency practice.

Intervention for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders Leaving Residential Tx
1K01DA035330-01A1
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Duration of Study: 2014-2019
 

The proposed research uses participatory planning methods to adapt and implement an established, nationally-recognized intervention, Critical Time Intervention, for a new population and setting among individuals with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders who are vulnerable to relapse following residential substance abuse treatment.

Organizational Factors and Decision Making in Adopting Evidence-Based Practices in Residential Substance Abuse Treatment 
University Research Challenge Fund
Provost Office, New York University
Duration of Study 2015-2016
 

The primary aim of this research will examine system factors, organizational characteristics, and leadership and staff attributes that impact the adoption of transition services. In addition, this study will explore organizational level decision making in adopting innovations and evidence-based practices.

Impact of Grandparents on Child Well-Being in Shanghai, China
NYU-ECNU Institute for Social Development at NYU Shanghai
Duration of Study: 2016-2017

 

This project examines the impact of grandparents on the emotional well-being and academic achievement of young children. Using the Shanghai Child Well-being Study, the study (1) examines the characteristics of multigenerational families with grandparents who co-reside with their adult children and grandchildren to understand how co-residence influences parenting and child well-being and academic achievement; and (2) examines outcomes of children who have been cared for by grandparents prior to enrolling in elementary school.

Organizational Factors and Decision Making in Adopting Evidence-Based Practices in Residential Substance Abuse Treatment                                               

PI: Dr. Jennifer Manuel

University Research Challenge Fund

Provost Office, New York University

Duration of Study 2015-2016                                                 

 

The primary aim of this research will examine system factors, organizational characteristics, and leadership and staff attributes that impact the adoption of transition services. In addition, this study will explore organizational level decision making in adopting innovations and evidence-based practices.

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