Mental Health
Section Newsletter
Fall 2005


I hope this finds everyone well, and that you’ve all had an enjoyable summer.

This is the “second draft” of this message. The first was written last Monday, just before news reached us that the feared breakdown of the levees in New Orleans had indeed occurred. This of course left in question virtually everything about the upcoming APHA meetings. But while this is inconvenient for us APHA members, its importance is miniscule in comparison to the catastrophe that continues to unfold on the Gulf Coast.

APHA has remained committed to holding these meetings this year. After what must have been considerable effort on their part, APHA just (an hour ago!) announced that the meetings will be held in Philadelphia, Dec. 10-14. Further information as it’s provided will be posted at <>.

But regardless of what arrangements APHA is able to make, it will be hard to focus on “business as usual.” We have members, friends and colleagues, who live on the Gulf coast whose lives, families and work have been placed in jeopardy. We as a Section will need to be as helpful and supportive as possible in doing whatever we can to assist them.

We also need to be mindful of where mental health issues fit into disaster planning. Much has been made of efforts to prevent infectious disease and to manage the needs of persons with chronic illnesses whose access to needed medications may be threatened. But what of people with mental disorders who take medications or who regularly receive other forms of treatment? What will be the effects on these individuals of abrupt treatment discontinuation in the midst of a catastrophe? How do public mental health systems plan for these contingencies? What prevention mechanisms need to be in place to avert an epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder that could have enormous personal, social and economic ramifications for decades to come? Our scientific program is currently set, but I would be happy to hear suggestions from members on how we might discuss these issues and be responsive both as the “mental health wing of APHA” and as individuals (that’s <>, if you have comments or suggestions).

From a logistical standpoint, planning for the meetings had ground to a halt. I’m confident that the arrangements APHA will make will allow the scientific program and business meetings, which are already set, to go forward. But the prospects for other events, such as the social, are at best questionable. (We had been working with a colleague from Tulane and had identified a great New Orleans venue, Tippitina’s, for our social. I, personally, was really looking forward to it, having heard terrific things about the place. But again, to put this in perspective, I am unable even to locate my friend from Tulane, and I’m very concerned about him and his family.) I do hope we will be able to arrange some kind of event where we will have the opportunity to see one another and socialize. All I can say is that we’ll do our best, and we’re open to suggestions. Hopefully our friends in Philadelphia can suggest some places that may be able to accommodate us.

Despite the pall that has been cast over this year’s meeting, we do have cause for celebration. As usual, we will be honoring some of the preeminent individuals in our fields. On other matters, I want to express sincere appreciation to a number of people for their hard work this year. Many thanks go to Rani and Mayur Desai, the Section’s (and possibly the Association’s) first husband – wife program chairs, for once again putting together a terrific program. Rani will become Section chair at the end of December’s meeting. Our administrative structure has been somewhat disrupted by the necessity of Jim Hall, the chair-elect, having to withdraw for health reasons. The chair–elect has certain functions that would not have been filled had it not been for a number of individuals, including David Mandell, Anthony Kouzis, Rick Beineke and others who stepped up and helped out. This edition of the Newsletter, in fact, was placed in some jeopardy, as Betty Lin, our longtime editor, needed to step down, but was rescued at the last minute by Anthony Kouzis, who is now Newsletter editor. Likewise, the booth chair position became vacant, but thanks to Kathy Thomas of UNC-Chapel Hill, that position also has been filled.

The most recent elections call for congratulations to David Mandell, who was voted chair-elect, and to Mayur Desai and Rebecca White, who were elected to the Section Council. We wish them success and will do all we can to help them have smooth transitions and successful terms in office.

I’m sure I’ve left out things, but as you’ve noticed, I send messages to the membership fairly frequently, so if anything of importance emerges, including information on the 2005 meeting, you will hear from me.

Again, thanks to everyone for their help, and I look forward to seeing you all in December. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of the Gulf coast.

With very best wishes,

Bill Fisher
Section Chair


Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005

2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Section Council Meeting

4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Section General Business Meeting

Monday, Dec. 12, 2005

7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. Funding Workshop: Obtaining Funds for Research Projects

8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Implementing Evidence-Based Practice in Mental Health

Evidence based practices and performance measures: Lessons from a Massachusetts conference. R. H. Beinecke, DPA, ACSW
Status of mental health EBPs and performance measures in the states. V. Ganju, PhD
Evaluating the implementation of evidence based practices. H. S. Leff, PhD; D. Hughes, MA

Psychiatric Epidemiology

Mental disorders onset and first treatment contact in Canada. N. Schmitz
Popular press and antidepressants: A social force shaping depression prevalence? S. A. Kuppin, MSPH; J. L. Geier, MPH
Consequences of Race-Influenced Assignment to Combat Roles for the Racial and Ethnic Epidemiology of PTSD among Vietnam Veterans. J. B. Turner, PhD
Physical and Sexual Assault Among Female Veterans: Prevalence Associated Health Effects, Patient Functioning, and Counseling. D. E. Ramos, MD,MPH ; A. Bradley, MD; C. Armand, MD; A. Lanto, MA; B. Simon, MA; L. V. Rubenstein, MD, MSPH

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Rema Lapouse Award Lecture: Mervyn Susser

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Early Diagnosis and Then What? The Current State of Care for Children with Autism

Attitudes Toward Adoption of Evidence-Based Practices: A Comparison of Autism Early Intervention Teachers and Children’s Mental Health Providers. A. C. Stahmer, PhD; G. Aarons, PhD
A Prospective Study of Autism Service Use and Expenditures. J. Morrissey, PhD; K. C. Thomas, MPH, PhD; C. McLaurin, MSW, RN
Health Care Service Use and Costs among Patients with Autism. D. Leslie, PhD; A. Martin, MD
Costs of Autism in the United States. M. L. Ganz, MS, PhD

Assessing and Treating Mental Illness in Primary Care

Effectiveness of collaborative care depression treatment in veterans at risk for PTSD in primary care. D. Chan, MHS; C. F. Liu, PhD; E. Chaney, PhD; S. Hedrick, PhD
Effects of Mental Health Carve-Outs on the Treatment of Depression in Primary Care. A. A. Dunham, MSPH; W. P. Brandon, PhD, MPH
Influence of menopause on mood: A systematic review of cohort studies. K. K. Vesco, MD; L. Humphrey, MD, MPH; E. Haney, MD; H. D. Nelson, MD, MPH
Is there an association between self-reported depression in women and self-reported receipt of preventive health care?. K. J. Ayala, BASW; R. K. Stouffer, PharmD; M. N. Lutfiyya, PhD

Access, Utilization, and Costs of Psychotropic Medications

Psychotropic polypharmacy and racial disparities in patients with bipolar disorder. D. Garver, MD; A. Lazarus, MD; K. Rajagopalan, PhD; L. M. Katz, MPH; L. S. Stern, MS; M. Dolgitser; J. J. Doyle, DrPH
Private health plans’ management of psychotropic drugs. D. Hodgkin, PhD; C. M. Horgan, ScD; D. Garnick, ScD; E. L. Merrick, PhD,MSW; J. Volpe-Vartanian, MS, LICSW
Prescription Drug Expenditure and Dual Eligibility among non-Elderly Medicaid Beneficiaries Diagnosed with Severe Mental Illness. W. Wei, MA, MS; Y. Shen, PhD; P. A. Findley, DrPH, MSW; J. T. Walkup, PhD; S. Crystal, PhD
Racial and SES Differences in Parental Understanding of Stimulant Medication. S. DosReis, PhD; A. Butz, CRNP, ScD; P. Lipkin, MD; J. Anixt, MD; C. L. Weiner; R. Chernoff, MD
Medication decision making by persons with serious mental illness. I. H. Mahone, MSN, PhD (c)

2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Carl Taube Award Lecture: Henry Steadman, PhD

4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Mental Health Poster Session I

Consequences of satisfaction with counseling services on factors relevant to mental health service delivery to young Black males in transition from foster care. D. Scott Jr.
Foster care placement among children with inpatient psychiatric services. J.M. Park, PhD; D. S. Mandell, ScD; P. Solomon, PhD
Mental health predictors of delinquency for at-risk adolescents. G. N. Stover, MPA; M. Lightfoot, PhD; L. Jiang, MS
A successful campaign to help violence-exposed children. M. J. Epstein, MS; A. S. Doniger, MD, MPH; K. A. Reixach, MS, MA; G. Montes, PhD; D. B. Johnson, MA; A. D. Hightower, PhD
Violence and its association with suicide and depression in youth. E. Okpokwasili, BA; M. N. Lutfiyya, PhD
Relationship of perceived stress to mental health indicators and health risk behaviors in adolescents. M. L. Nebergall, MA; K. N. Knight, BS; E. M. G. Larkin, MS; J. Frank, MPH; S. H. Frank, MD, MPH
Meaning of heterotypic psychiatric co-morbidity in early adolescence. A. Vander Stoep, PhD; E. McCauley, PhD; J. R. Herting, PhD; D. Stewart, PhD
Measuring teacher implementation of evidence-based strategies in a school-based environment. N. B. Lynn, MSPH; K. Kutash, PhD; A. J. Duchnowski, PhD
College student perceptions of behavior indicative of depression (BID): Perceptions of permanence, control, and its impact on helping behavior. J. T. Siegel, PhD; E. M. Alvaro, PhD, MPH; A. Hollen, BA
A Transtheoretical Model (TTM) approach to depression prevention: Profiling among a sample of college students. D. F. Van Marter, MPH; D. A. Levesque, PhD; J. M. Prochaska, PhD; J. O. Prochaska, PhD

Mental Health Poster Session II

Preventing and Identifying Eating Disorders among Young Athletes: A Community-Based Training Program for Volunteer Coaches. K. M. Perrin, PhD, MPH, RN; T. Malo, MPH; L. Kennedy; B. Davis, PhD
Results from the Evidence Report on Management of Eating Disorders. N. D. Berkman, PhD; C. Bulik, PhD
Integration of oral health care and mental health services: Dental hygienists’ readiness and capacity for secondary prevention of eating disorders. R. D. DeBate, PhD, MPH, CHES; S. B. Plichta, ScD; L. A. Tedesco, PhD; W. E. Kerschbaum, RDH, MPH
Informatics and Eating Disorders: A review of the application of internet technology in eating disorder prevention. A. Falcon, MPH; K. M. Perrin, PhD, MPH, RN; B. L.
Levin, DrPH, MPH

Eating attitudes and mental health among Canadian women concerned about their weight. J. Park, PhD; M. P. Beaudet, PhD
Looking through the window of eating disorders: Qualitative analysis of Internet chat room data. A. Falcon, MPH; K. M. Perrin, PhD, MPH, RN; T. Malo, MPH
Obesity and incidence of depressive and anxiety disorders in the United States. N. P. Emptage, MA,; R. Sturm, PhD
Exercise, locus of control and body-image as predictors of depression in a pretest-posttest study of college freshmen women and men. D. D. Adame, PhD,MSPH,CHES; S. P. Cole, PhD; T. C. Johnson, EdD; S. A. Radell, MFA

Mental Health Poster Session III

Impact of a three-tier formulary on utilization of antidepressant medications. D. Hodgkin, PhD; C. P. Thomas, PA, PhD; L. Simoni-Wastila, PhD; G. A. Ritter, PhD; S. Lee; V. D. Hsu, PharmD
Impact of the Lack of Prescription Drug Benefits on Individuals with Mental Disorders. C. S. Dewa, MPH, PhD; J. S. Hoch, PhD; L. Steele, MD, PhD
Managed care mental health services: Influences on quality, continuity and access. V. L. Miller, DrPH; Z. Lai, MPH; R. M. Massanari, MD, MS
Permanent occupational disability after long-term sickness absence with a psychiatric diagnosis: Results from a population-based cohort study. S. Gjesdal, MD MPH PhD; J. G. Maeland, MD PhD; K. Haug, MD PhD; P. Ringdal, MD
Mental health symptom improvement and coercion in jail diversion programs. J. M. Pollard, MA; L. Frisman, PhD; H. J. Lin, PhD
Correlates of unmet mental health care needs, and social support, health status and health behaviour in Ontario, Canada. J. Park, PhD; C. H. Nelson, PhD
Are individual mental health outcomes associated with neighborhood socioeconomic status?. T. M. Hilliard, MPH; D. J. Bowen, PhD; L. Trotter, BA
Community social capital and mental health in California. R. Scheffler, PhD; T. T. Brown, PhD
Efficacy of an integrated model for treatment of homeless individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. M. Harrison, MS; S. Young, PhD; J. Weir, MS; K. Moore, PhD
Outcomes of electroconvulsive therapy in community settings. R. B. Fuller, PhD; J. Prudic, MD; M. Olfson, MD; H. A. Sackeim, PhD

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005

7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. Grants Workshop: Obtaining Funds for Services and Intervention Projects

8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Evidence-based Practice for Mental Health Services Consumers with Criminal Justice System Involvement

Overview of research on service use by people with mental disorders involved in the criminal justice system. J. Crilly, PhD, MPH, MSW; S. Lamberti, MD; V. Hiday,
How can use of probation assist dissemination of evidence-based practice?. J. Crilly, PhD, MPH, MSW; S. Lamberti, MD; V. Hiday, PhD
Is outpatient commitment an evidence-based practice? Issues and outcomes. V. Hiday, PhD; J. Crilly, PhD, MPH, MSW; S. Lamberti, MD
Emerging evidence-based practice for people with mental illness and involvement in the criminal justice system: The FACT model. S. Lamberti, MD; J. Crilly, PhD, MPH, MSW; V. Hiday, PhD

Mental Health and Homelessness

Mental health services for homeless, runaway and throwaway youth (HRTY): Findings from a national survey of HRTY service providers. J. M. Greene, MS; L. Crum, PhD; P. J. Fischer, PhD
Predictors of trauma among runaway/homeless youth utilizing two service sectors. S. J. Thompson, PhD; E. M. Maccio, PhD; S. Desselle, MA
Examining the impact of multi-faceted, short-term interventions for Homeless Families: Preliminary findings from the SAMHSA Homeless Families Program. D. J. Rog, PhD
Continued trauma exposure in the lives of mothers who are homeless. L. McMullin, BA; L. H. Pennington
Peer mentoring in programs serving mothers who are homeless and have mental health and/or substance use disorders. L. Cole; L. McMullin, BA

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Bruno Lima Symposium on Mental Health Issues among Minority Populations

Earlier substance problems, environment, and culture as predictors of American Indian adolescent substance abuse/dependence symptoms: A longitudinal study. M. Yu, MSW, MA; A. R. Stiffman, PhD

Investigating the link between environmental correlates and depressive symptoms among African American adolescents living in public housing. V. E. Nebbitt, MSW; M. Lombe, PhD
Caregivers’ Perception of Mental Health Needs in Children of Different Racial/Ethnic Groups. H. J. Chen, PhD; M. Evans, PhD; R. Boothroyd, PhD
Impact of parental trauma on depression among Southeast Asian American late adolescents. M. Han

Real-world Applications of Evidence-based Practices for Persons in the Justice System

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) as an evidence-based practice. F. C. Osher, MD
Interventions designed to affect symptoms related to traumatic events. R. Fallot, PhD
Housing options for people with mental illness/co-occurring disorders and a history of incarceration. A. White, MSSW

Child and Adolescent Mental Health: The Role of Violence, Poverty, and Juvenile Justice Involvement

Contribution of violence exposure to the rate of change in suicidality and depression: Findings from the Welfare Reform: Adolescent Girls in Transition Longitudinal Study. K. A. Best, MSW, MPH; R. A. Boothroyd, PhD; M. Armstrong, PhD; R. Chen, MSPH; A. Gomez, PhD; R. Ort, BSW
Psychological Well-Being of Children in Poverty: How Does Family Structure Matter?. R. L. Hawkins, PhD; E. S. Ihara, MSW, MA
Mental Health of Children Residing in Distressed Public Housing. E. Howell, MSPH, PhD; M. Eiseman, BA; S. Popkin, PhD
Predictors of success and failure for a domestic violence diversion program for adolescents. J. J. Kronenfeld, PhD; K. W. Hart, MA; D. Sullivan, PhD
Patterns of comorbid mental and substance use disorders among juvenile detainees three years after detention. K. M. Abram, PhD,; L. A. Teplin, PhD; G. M. McClelland, PhD; J. J. Washburn, PhD

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Mental Health Poster Session IV

Mental health services consumer surveys: An exploratory study in Santa Clara County. M. E. Pangilinan, PhD
Mental health consumers perceptions of services: The case of Santa Clara County. M. E. Pangilinan, PhD
Impact of group processes on outcomes in a psychoeducation group for families coping with mental illness. D. E. Pollio, PhD; J. McClendon, MSW; C. S. North, MD,MPE; E. Spitznagel, PhD
Access to Mental Health Care: Perceptions from rural based physicians, providers and consumers. Are we all in the same ball park?. E. T. Jurkowski, PhD; T. Okino
Poverty, perceived discrimination, and parenting stress in African American mothers of young children. K. Siefert, PhD, MPH; T. L. Finlayson, BS; A. Ismail; J. Delva, PhD; D. R. Williams, PhD; A. Amaya, BA; J. Lepkowski, PhD
Mental health treatment, unmet mental health need, and stigma: Results from the 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. N. C. Brown, PhD; C. Arroyo, PhD
Reducing stigma associated with mental illnesses in rural areas: A program plan. H. L. Deep, MPH; R. L. Love, PhD, CHES; R. Love, PhD
Examining the relationship between literacy and mental illness. D. Espejo, BS; A. K. Lincoln, PhD, MPH; T. Webber, MPH; P. Johnson, MD
Literacy levels among adults receiving mental health services: Challenges to practice and policy. Merritt-Davis, MD; L. F. Carter, MD, MPH; J. Janisse, PhD; T. Lucas, MA; V. Miller, DrPH, RN
Integrating best practices into a culturally and linguistically sensitive depression management curriculum for a deaf population. T. Perlman, PhD; D. DeGutis, MD; M. A. Estarziau, MPH; C. Cradock, PhD; E. Foster, MA; C. Schwartz, BA

Mental Health Poster Session V

Racial disparities in the use of atypical antipsychotic medications for treatment of schizophrenia. J. B. Mallinger, MPH; S. Fisher, PhD; S. Lamberti, MD; T. Brown, PhD
Relationship between race and quality of depression care: A critical literature review. K. Bagley, MPH
Assessing cross-cultural differences in the DSM-IV alcohol use disorder constructs across non-Hispanic Caucasians, non-Hispanic African-Americans, and Hispanics. A. C. Carle, MA, PhD
Factor structure of the Beck Depression Inventory- second edition (BDI-II) with Puerto Rican elderly. J. R. Rodriguez-Gomez, MD, MPH, PhD; M. G. Davila-Martinez, MS; L. C. Collazo-Rodriguez, MS
Prevalence of suicidal behaviour among public school adolescent students in Puerto Rico, 2002-04. L. Rodríguez-Figueroa, MSc; M. R. Moscoso-Alvarez, PhD
Acculturation Stress and Mental Health Issues among Immigrants in Rural America: A Case Study of Russian, Latino, and Hassidic Jewish Newcomers in Postville, Iowa. M. Yehieli, DrPH; M. Grey, PhD
Attitudes towards Genetic Psychiatric Research: A Preliminary investigation with Urban African-Americans. E. Murphy, PhD; M. Weissman, PhD
Use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by Chinese patients with mental health needs in an urban primary care setting: A cross-sectional study. L. Fang, MSW, M Phil
Social patterning of common mental disorders in Taiwan. C. Y. Hsiao; T. L. Chiang
Women, Suicide and Culture in Tajikistan: Identifying and Addressing Correlated Factors. A. Latypov, DrPh; I. Jillson, PhD

2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Maternal Mental Health Issues in Pregnancy, Postpartum, and Early Childhood

Does pregnancy attenuate psychiatric symptoms?. L. H. Flick, DrPH; C. A. L. Cook, PhD; S. Homan, PhD; M. McSweeney, PhD; C. Campbell, PhD; L. Parnell, MSW; M. E. Gallagher, PhD
Lifetime mental health services use by race/ethnicity among pregnant women who report having had problems with depression in Florida: A population-based study. J. J. Chang, MPH; C. T. Halpern, PhD; J. S. Kaufman, PhD
Prevalence and predictors of trauma and PTSD in low-income pregnant women. K. Poschman, MPH; M. Smith, MPH; M. Cavaleri, PhD, MSW, LCSW; H. Howell, MSW; K. Yonkers, MD
Developing an Evidenced-Based Approach to Addressing Maternal Depression in Pediatric Primary Care Settings. E. Feinberg, Sc D; J. Goldman Fraser, PhD, MPH; L. Holt; K. Rhee, MD; G. Harrison, BSN; M. Smith, MPA
Mental health, service use, and acculturation among women in WIC. B. Kurz, PhD; B. Malcolm, PhD; A. Cordero, DSW; L. Werkmeister-Rozas, PhD

Organization and Financing of Mental Health Care: A View from the States

Millionaires and mental health: California's Proposition 63 and why it passed. R. M. Scheffler, PhD; N. Adams, MD, MPH
California improves public mental health system by passing Proposition 63. R. S. Green, PhD, CQE, RHIT
Discontinuation of Adult Psychological Services in Ohio Medicaid: One Year Later. T. H. McGonigle, PhD; J. Gearheart
Implementation of Evidence Based Practices for State Mental Health Services: Lessons from Oregon. C. Foreman, BA

4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Trauma and Terrorism: Mental Health Preparedness and Response

State of the Art in Mental Health Disaster Response: An analysis of four state plans for mental health preparedness. S. J. Powell, MA; S. B. Ruzek, PhD,MPH; S. B. Bass, PhD,MPH; T. Gordon, PhD; B. F. Seals, PhD, MPH; J. Segal, PhD
New York City young adults’ psychological reactions to 9/11: Findings from the Reach for Health longitudinal study. G. Agronick, PhD; A. Stueve, PhD; S. Vargo, PsyD; L. N. O'Donnell, EdD
Probable post-traumatic stress disorder among adult tower survivors of the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001: Results from the World Trade Center Health Registry. L. DiGrande, MPH; M. Perrin, MPH; R. Brackbill, PhD, MPH
Probable post-traumatic stress disorder among adults residing near the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001: Results from the World Trade Center Health Registry. M. Perrin, MPH; L. DiGrande, MPH; D. Wu, MS; R. Brackbill, PhD, MPH

Mental Health Roundtable Session

A statewide mental health needs assessment of children: A maternal and child health focus - Washington State. M. Kander, MSW, MPH
Developing Frameworks for the Implementation of Human Services. D. L. Fixsen, PhD; K. A. Blase, PhD; S. F. Naoom, MSPH
Understanding Program Developers and Implementers Perceptions of Implementation of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. S. F. Naoom, MSPH; K. A. Blase, PhD; D. L. Fixsen, PhD; F. Wallace, MPH
Stakeholder perspectives on the dissemination of evidence-based practices: The importance of context, group alliance, and interaction. K. J. Knudsen, PhD; W. S. Korr, PhD; J. A. Encandela, PhD
Criminal Justice and Mental Health System Collaborations for Prisoner Reentry: Boundary spanning or picking up the ball?. A. Blank, LSW; J. Draine, MSW, PhD
Winning at the losing game: Mental health's impact on obesity. G. Wrobel, PhD, NCSP; P. T. Whelley, MS, NCSP
Developing a physical health campaign in a mental health setting. J. A. Johnston, MS, RD, LD; J. L. Early, MD
A review of mental health research on bisexual individuals when compared to homosexual and heterosexual individuals. B. Dodge, PhD; T. Sandfort, PhD
Clients with mental illness and their children: Implications for nursing practice. C. H. Mason, MS, RN; S. Subedi, PhD
Police Officer Emergency/Disaster Training: Development of Stress-Reduction Components. J. Segal, PhD; J. H. Ratcliffe, PhD; S. J. Powell, MA; D. Kaufman, BS

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005

8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Mental Health Poster Session VI

Depression and Diabetes in Urban African Americans. N. Gilles, MPH; D. C. Ziemer, MD; Y. Guo, PhD; A. Manatunga, PhD; B. Larsen, BS; A. R. Brown; O. Vogels; L. S. Phillips, MD; D. L. Musselman, MD, MS
Effects of spirituality on physical symptom-related distress of colorectal cancer survivors. C. C. Bahn, MSPH; J. S. Stafford, MS; J. Y. Ko, BS; K. D. Stein, PhD; T. G. Smith, MA; J. T. DeFrank, MPH; C. K. Kaw, MS
Screening for mental distress in primary care settings and the effect on patient satisfaction. R. Gross, PhD; S. Brammli-Greenberg, MA
Physician Communication About Psychosocial Issues During Postpartum Visits. B. Sleath, PhD; N. Thomas, MD; E. Jackson, PhD; S. West, PhD; B. N. Gaynes, MD, MPH
Receipt of clinical preventive services and psychiatric symptomatology among older individuals. U. Sambamoorthi, PhD; C. A. Boyer, PhD; D. Gaboda, PhD; J. Cantor, ScD
Development of an Emergency Room Diagnostic Screening Tool for Use in Distinguishing Between Primary Psychosis and Substance-Induced Psychosis. B. M. Schanzer, MD; R. Sell, ScD; B. Dominguez, MS; C. L. M. Caton, PhD
Subgroups of individuals living with multiple sclerosis: Implications for intervention. K. L. Johnson, PhD, CRC; D. Amtmann, PhD; C. M. Kuehn, MA, MPH; K. Hinton, MPH; D. Ehde, PhD; G. H. Kraft, MD
Liver transplant candidates: Mood state, mental status and psychosocial functioning. A. Macias Chamorro, MA; M. F. Dulay, MA; R. G. Harper, PhD; R. Chacko, MD
Prevalence of serious mental illness among U.S. women using the 2002 National Health Interview Survey. S. K. Boyer; C. R. Ronzio, PhD; S. D. Cleary, PhD, MPH
Epileptic and psychogenic non-epileptic seizure patients: Clinical utility of abuse history. L. Uber-Zak, DO; A. Macias Chamorro, MA; M. F. Dulay, MA; I. Baxter, MD; J. F. Drazkowski, MD

8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Mental health and perceived discrimination in children. A. Eden, PhD; J. Gilliland, PhD; D. Kanouse, PhD; S. Tortolero, PhD; P. Cuccaro, PhD; M. A. Schuster, MD, PhD
Risk factors identified in middle school children reporting depression on a school based survey. E. Myagmarjav, MPH; K. A. Hacker, MD,MPH; L. E. Fried, MS; H. J. Cabral, PhD; R. G. Ziegler, MD
A matched-group comparison of psychiatric disorders, problem behaviors and cognitive ability among homeless and housed children with their mothers. M. Yu, MSW, MA; C. S. North, MD,MPE; P. D. Lavesser, PhD, OTR/L
Influence of parent support, parent punishment, and family interaction on suicide ideation in the elementary school years in Northern Taiwan from the CABLE study: A latent growth curve modeling. Y. C. Chiang, MPH; L. L. Yen, ScD
Injury and mental disorder in a low income population. M. Radigan, MS, MPH, DrPH; J. MacIntyre, MD; F. Gesten, MD; K. Hoagwood, PhD; P. Lannon, BS; P. Roohan, MS

The Role of Consumers and Families in Mental Health Treatment

“Psychoeducation Responsive to Families”: Twelve and twenty-four month outcomes for the family member with mental illness from a randomized clinical effectiveness trial for families with an adult member with mental illness. D. E. Pollio, PhD; V. A. Osborne, MSW; J. McClendon, MSW; C. S. North, MD,MPE
Community experiences in engaging families in mental health services. H. J. Chen, PhD; S. McShan, MPA
Community experiences in implementing Wraparound for case managers coordinating services for children with Severe Emotional Disturbances. M. A. Doldren, MPH CHES; J. Radlauer-Doerfler, LMHC; S. Thomas, LCSW; D. Duresky, MA
Evolving perceived roles of consumers in a mental health HIV services demonstration program. P. Byrd; C. Diala, MPH, PHD
Social support and individuals with serious mental illness: Results from a mixed-methods study of a volunteer intervention. E. C. Dunn, BS, MPH; E. S. Rogers, ScD; B. H. McCorkle, PhD; Y. M. Wan, EdD

Issues in Mental Health Services Research and Policy

Implementation of mental health/substance abuse parity in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. M. S. Ridgely, JD; M. A. Burnam, PhD; C. Barry, PhD; H. H. Goldman, MD,PhD
Differences in collaboration in non-profit and for-profit administered public mental health services. K. Isett, PhD; K. Huang; K. G. Provan, PhD
HMO selection incentives and underprovision of mental health care in Medicare. Z. Cao,PhD

Estimating the Need for Assertive Community Treatment and Forensic Assertive Community Treatment Services from Administrative Data: Results from a Large, Urban Community. G. S. Cuddeback, PhD; P. S. Meyer, PhD; J. P. Morrissey, PhD

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Evidence-based Practices in Mental Health Treatment: Looking Forward from an Historical Perspective

Evidence-based practices in mental health treatment: Looking forward from an historical perspective. M. J. Stoil, PhD
Application of NREPP criteria to manualized treatment. R. Finkbiner, PhD
Implications of the “new” NREPP for mental health treatment. R. H. P. Yi, PhD
Development of evidence-based standards for depression for the National Business Coalition of Health. E. N. Goplerud, PhD

Mental Illness and Chronic Medical Conditions

Co-occurring mental health and substance use issues in HIV-positive minority populations: A piece of a larger puzzle. M. Costa, BA; G. Norton, MPH
Quality of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMH) Services for HIV Positive Clients in the District of Columbia, USA. A. Aqil, MD,MPH,DrPH; Z. Patel, BA, MHS
Evidence of increased treatment adherence and quality of life among persons with HIV participating in a structured, 16-sesson group intervention. F. Molitor; J. Waltermeyer; J. Leiphart; K. Brockmann
An Alternative to Traditional Approaches to HIV Prevention for Persons with Mental Illness: The Intervention Cascade. M. B. Blank, PhD

Organization and Financing of Mental Health Services for Youths

Effects of state parity laws on children with mental health care needs. C. L. Barry, PhD; S. H. Busch, PhD
Estimates of Trends in Mental Health Utilization and Expenditures for Children: Impact of State Children Health Insurance Program. C. C. Liao, MS; M. L. Ganz, MS, PhD; H. Jiang, PhD
Access to psychotherapy treatment for children and adolescents. D. N. Glanville, PhD; S. DosReis, PhD

2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Mental Health Access and Treatment among Hispanics

Predictors of antidepressant medication discontinuation among US Latinos. D. Hodgkin, PhD; J. Volpe-Vartanian, MS, LICSW; M. Alegria, PhD
Does insurance affect mental health service utilization? Evidence from the National Latino and Asian American Study. Z. Cao, PhD; M. Alegria, PhD
Hispanic attributions of depressed individuals: What are they and does Spanish-Language dominance matter?. J. T. Siegel, PhD; E. M. Alvaro, PhD, MPH; S. P. Jones, BA
A pilot intervention study of a program for training and development of skills for older Latinos with chronic psychotic disorders. T. L. Patterson, PhD; J. Bucardo, MD; C. L. McKibbin, PhD; C. Depp, PhD; C. Barrio, PhD; S. R. Goldman, PhD; D. V. Jeste, MD

Mental Illness and Employment

Workplace accommodations that work for persons with mental illness. M. L. Baldwin, PhD; R. M. B. White, MPH
Demographic characteristics and employment among people with severe mental illness: Implications for evidence-based best practices and policy. J. Burke, MS
What happens when evidence-based practice meets economic reality? Effects of local unemployment rates on outcomes of clients in evidence-based practice employment programs. D. D. Grey, BA; V. Mulkern, PhD; K. Mueser, PhD
When best practices collide with public policy: Unintended consequences of public disability income support policies and their effects on evidence-based supported employment programs. J. Burke, MS; H. S. Leff, PhD; P. B. Gold, PhD
A simulation of provider payments under the “Ticket to Work” program using data from individuals receiving evidence-based practice supported employment. J. A. Cook, PhD; R. Goldberg, PhD; W. McFarlane, MD; M. S. Shafer, PhD

6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Mental Health Section Council Meeting

Carl Taube Award

Carl Taube Award Henry Steadman, PhD

The Carl Taube Award for excellence in the field of mental heath services research will be presented to Henry Steadman, PhD. Hank Steadman has had a made a huge contribution to this field. Over the course of a distinguished career, he has been a pioneering researcher at the interface between the mental health and criminal justice systems. He has worked to translate that research into social action, working with providers from multiple systems in designing and evaluating services for addressing the needs of offenders mental illness. At the initial stage of his career, Hank directed the legendary Research and Evaluation Unit at the New York State Office of Mental Health, working with Joe Morrissey, Mary Evans and host of others who are members of our section. In this setting Hank and his colleagues were among the first researchers working in a state mental health agency, and by their example contributed to a belief on the part of agency directors across the nation that research has an important place in the operation of mental health services. Hank is now president of Policy Research Associates in Delmar, New York, a company he founded that works with the federal government and others in developing, overseeing and evaluating national multi-site studies in areas such as jail diversion, mental heath courts, juvenile justice and homelessness.

Mental Health Section Award


Mental Health Section Awards for 2005

Mental Health Section Award Rick Beinecke, PhD

This year’s Mental Health Section Award goes to our colleague Dr. Richard Beinecke. Rick is a professor at Suffolk University in Boston, where he teaches courses on disability policy. Rick has served as our section’s program chair, chair, and probably as other things that escape me at the moment. He also has been a true “go to guy” for whatever the section needs. In presenting him with the Section Award, which is given for “Excellence in Mental Health,” we recognize both his tireless efforts on behalf of the section and his research in the effects of managed mental health care in Massachusetts. Rick’s ongoing efforts to track the effects of this first-in-nation Medicaid initiative for more than a decade have provided mental health services and policy researchers with a wonderful source of information about this critically important area. Recently he went to England to begin research on comparative policy and service delivery issues, and will be describing his impressions in this and future conferences.

Rema Lapouse Award

Mervyn Susser, MB, B.Ch, F.R.C.P to receive Rema Lapouse Award for 2005

Mervyn W. Susser, Sergievsky Professor of Epidemiology Emeritus of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and Faculty of Medicine, will receive the Rema Lapouse Award for 2005. Regarded one of the preeminent epidemiologists in the world, Susser has distinguished himself in numerous areas of scientific research over six decades.

Susser was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he received his medical degree from Witwatersrand University in the early 1950s. He also completed a doctorate in public health in London. He began his research career at the Alexandra Clinic and University Health Centre, an African township outside Johannesburg. In collaboration with Zena Stein, his spouse and colleague, Susser initiated clinical epidemiological studies and epidemiological studies of obstetrics and reproduction. In the mid-1950s he joined the faculty at Manchester University Medical School where he established his reputation in the areas of mental retardation, psychiatric disorders, and child development.

In 1966, he came to the United States as Professor and Head of Epidemiology at Columbia University’s School of Public Health. Here, his research focused on large scale studies of the epidemiology of nutritional effects on child development in New York’s Harlem and in the Netherlands. Another focus was research on miscarriage and related studies of reproduction. In 1978, Susser became Gertrude H. Sergievsky Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the newly endowed Sergievsky Center at Columbia University. During this period (1978-1990) his research centered mostly on neurodevelopmental epidemiology and reproduction. In the mid-1980s, Mervyn and Zena turned their attention to Africa and the HIV pandemic. In 1999, he was scientific director of the Africa Center for Population and Reproductive Research in rural South Africa.

Mervyn has authored more than 400 articles, three-quarters in peer-reviewed professional or scientific journals. There have been 12 books on such topics as: sociology in medicine, community psychiatry, prenatal development, and causal theory. From 1992 to 1998, he served the Association as Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Public Health. During this distinguished and remarkable career there have been numerous honors: awards (Belding, Milbank Memorial, Human Rights, Distinguished Service, John Snow, Haven Emerson, Lilienfeld, 75th Jubilee); honorary degrees; memberships, fellowships; consultantships (WHO, PAHO); honorary professorships; visiting professorships; keynote addresses; special lectures; symposia; auditorium dedications; and a festschrift. In 1996 he was named senior member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science.

He is well known also for his many outstanding personal qualities; an engaging speaker, a charming personality, and a gentle and kind man. Susser has also been recognized for his mentoring of colleagues and students. The Rema Lapouse Award Committee (comprised of Elizabeth Jane Costello, Ronald C. Kessler, Nan Laird and Anthony Kouzis) representing the APHA’s Mental Health, Epidemiology, and Statistics Sections is delighted to announce his acceptance of this award. Please plan to attend APHA’s Annual Meeting to meet Mervyn Susser and his family at a special session on Dec. 12, 2005 at 10:30 a.m., where he will present the 34th Rema Lapouse Lecture.


Consumer Mental Health Council member Sylvia Caras attended meetings in New York for the continued drafting of a United Nations Convention on Human Rights and Disability and spoke about the underpinnings of that Convention at the Arab Parliamentary Symposium on Disability Legislation in Amman. In California she is focusing on the implementation of the Mental Health Services Act, Prop 63, which voters passed a year ago and which, by a 1 percent tax on incomes of one million, will provide mental health funding for voluntary, peer-directed services. As well, she was an invited participant in Rural Mental Health Workforce Development conference, attended the California Public Health Association Annual Meeting, and the California Information Management Conference.

Third APHA Workshop on Creating Evidence-based Practices Offered Nov. 6

Once again our Mental Health Section is sponsoring a workshop at the Annual Meeting through the APHA Continuing Education office on understanding how to create and improve high quality public health services. Consistent with the overall theme of the APHA meeting, this workshop covers an innovative approach to evaluating services as they are being delivered. The key elements of this approach are the assessment of client changes relating only to service activities, and the application of simple continuous quality improvement methods that turn the information around quickly to produce improvements in service delivery. Performing services research in conjunction with service agencies applying this innovative approach may yield larger program effects.

Mastering this approach will empower local service staff to turn new practices and best practices into evidence-based practices.

The workshop will be presented on Sunday, Dec. 11, in two sessions, one before the APHA Opening Session, and the second following the Opening Session. To register for the workshop, just add this item on your standard APHA registration form, or sign up Sunday morning. Here are the specifics:

Title: Utilizing Client Outcomes to Upgrade Public Health Practices to Evidence Based Practices
Faculty Presenter: Rex S. Green, GreenScene Results Group
Sponsor: APHA Mental Health Section
Place: TBD
Date: Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with break for lunch and Opening Session
Registration: #2016 at 7:30 a.m. Sunday
Fees: $175 for 6 hours CE credit; $100 if no CE credits
Further information: Contact CEI Organizer, Rex S. Green, at
Focus of workshop: Learn how to obtain client feedback, then utilize it to turn any existing good practice into a home grown evidence based practice.

Evaluations of the two previous workshops were quite positive. Everyone learns a lot and enjoys the camaraderie of a wide variety of public health professionals. See you in November!


William H. Fisher, PhD Chair 2003-2005
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655
Work: (508) 856-8711
Home: (508) 842-3307
Fax: (508) 856-8700

Janice E. Cohen, MD Past Chair 2003-2005
Mental Health Researcher
1369 4th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 9412-2615
Phone: (415) 566-6683

Rani A. Desai, PhD, MPH Chair-elect 2005-2005
Yale University/NEPEC
950 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516
Phone: 203) 937-3850
Fax: (203) 937-3850

David S. Mandell, ScD Section Councilor; Chair Elect 2003-2005
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
3535 Market Street, #3019
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-2504
Fax: (215) 349-8715

Martin Gittelman, PhD Governing Council 2003-2005
New York University SOM
100 W 94th Street
New York, NY 10025
Phone: (212) 725-7875
Home (212) 663-0130
Fax: (212) 663-3013

John Kastan, PhD Governing Council 2003-2004
St Vincent Catholic Medical
77 7th Avenue, Apt 14G
Phone: (212) 604-1571
Fax: (212) 604-1571

Roger A. Boothroyd, PhD Governing Council
University of South Florida
502 Stratfield Drive
Lutz, FL 33549-6821
Phone: (813) 974-1915
Home: (813) 949-9046

Sylvia Caras, PhD Section Councilor 2004-2007
People Who
146 Chrystal Terrace 5
Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3654
Phone: (831) 426-5335

Huey-Jen Chen, PhD Section Councilor 2003-2006
Florida Mental Health Institute
13301 Bruce B Downs Blvd
Tampa, FL 33612
Phone: (813) 974-0709
Fax: (813) 974-9327

Mathew Johnsen, PhD Section Councilor 2002-2005
University of Massachusetts SOM
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 1655
Phone: (508) 856-8692
Fax: (508) 856-8700

Paul G. Stiles, JD, PhD Section Councilor 2004-2007
University of South Florida
13301 Bruce B Downs Blvd
Tampa, FL 33612-3807
Phone: (813) 974-4510
Fax: (813) 974-4696

Kenneth S Thompson, MD Section Councilor 2002-2005
University of Pittsburgh
6108 Kentucky Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206-4213
Phone: (412) 605-1419
Home: (412) 661-2506

Anthony Kouzis, PhD Secretary; Newsletter Editor 2004-
Johns Hopkins University
4100 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218-1024
(410) 967-1176

Kathleen C. Thomas, PhD Chair, Booth Committee 2005
Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
725 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, CB #7590
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7590
Phone: (919) 966-3387
Fax: (919) 966-1634

Mayur Desai, Ph.D. Program Committee
Yale University School of Medicine
VA Connecticut Healthcare System NEPEC (182)
950 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516
(203) 932-5711 ext. 4728
(203) 937-4762 (fax)

Rani A. Desai, PhD, MPH Program Committee
Yale University School of Medicine
950 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516
(203) 932-5711 x3615
(203) 937-3463 (fax)

Jean Demmler, PhD Membership Committee
School of Social Work
University of Denver
2148 S. High Street
Denver, CO 80208
(303) 871-4099

David S. Mandell, ScD Nominating Committee

William H. Fisher, PhD Awards Committee

Anthony Kouzis, PhD Rema Lapouse Award Committee