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Research on Services and Practice


The Center for Behavioral Health Research has a twenty-five year history of conducting research on a variety of human services provided by healthcare, mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice systems. The research has focused on identifying individual-, organizational-, and system-level factors that enhance or inhibit service quality and outcomes, and identifying tested strategies for improving services at all levels.

This services research has included non-experimental, quasi-experimental, and experimental studies of practice and service delivery models, and has informed the center’s development of strategies for improving services provided by both private and public systems. This research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and other funders, and has been highlighted in several National Institutes of Health and US Surgeon General reports.

Teams-Games-Tournaments Alcohol Prevention

An important emphasis of practice research is developing and testing evidence-based treatments and prevention strategies. Teams-Games-Tournaments (TGT) Alcohol Prevention, developed by Center senior research scientist John Wodarski, has been designated by the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention as an effective model program for teenagers.

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Wodarski, J. S. & Curtis, S.V. (2015). Empirically supported interventions. Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work, doi:10.1080/23761407/2015.1006934.

Wodarski, J.S., & Curtis, S.V. (2015). E-Therapy for Substance Abuse and Co-Morbidity. New York: Springer.

Curtis, S.V. & Wodarski, J.S. (2015). The East Tennessee assertive adolescent family treatment program: a three year evaluation. Social Work in Public Health. 30(3), 225-35 doi: 10.1080/19371918.2014.992713.

Glisson, C., Williams, N. J., Green, P., Hemmelgarn, A., & Hoagwood, K. (2014). The organizational social context of mental health Medicaid waiver programs with family support services: Implications for research and practice. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.41:32-42 doi: 10.1007/s10488-013-0517-1.

Olin, S.S., Williams, N. J., Pollock, M., Armusewicz, K., Kutash, K., Glisson, C., & Hoagwood, K. (2014). Quality indicators for family support services and their relationship to organizational social context. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.41:43-54 doi: 10.1007/s10488-013-0499-z.

Wodarski, J.S., & Frimpong, J. (2013). Application of E-Therapy Programs to the Social Work Practice. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 23(1), 29-36.

Aarons, G.A., Glisson, C., Green, P., Hoagwood, K., Kelleher, K.J., & Landsverk, J.A. (2012). The organizational social context of mental health services and clinician attitudes toward evidence-based practice: A United States national study. Implementation Science, 7(1):56.doi:10.1186/1748-5908-7-56.

Wodarski, J.S., & Feit, M.D. (2011). Adolescent preventive health and Team-Games-Tournaments: Five decades of evidence for an empirically based paradigm. Journal of Social Work in Public Health, 26(5), 482-512.

Wodarski, J.S., & Hopson, L. (2011). Research methods for evidence-based social work. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Harrison, D.F., Wodarski, J.S., & Thyer, B.A. (2010). Cultural diversity and social work practice (3rd ed.). Springfield, IL: Charles C Thomas.

Wodarski, J.S. (2010). Prevention of adolescent reoccurring violence and alcohol abuse: A multiple site evaluation. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 7, 280-301.

Wodarski, J.S., & Feit, M.D. (2009). Evidence-based intervention in social work: A practitioner’s manual. Springfield, IL: Charles C Thomas.

Hopson, L.M., & Wodarski, J.S. (2009). Rapid assessment instruments and the influence of managed care. In A.R. Roberts (Ed.), Social workers desk reference (pp. 400-405). NY: Oxford University Press.

Hilarski, C., Wodarski, J.S., & Feit, M.D. (Eds.). (2008). Handbook of social work in child and adolescent sexual abuse. Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press, Inc.

Glisson, C., Schoenwald, S.K., Kelleher, K., Landsverk, J., Hoagwood, K.E., Mayberg, S., & Green, P. (2008). Therapist turnover and new program sustainability in mental health clinics as a function of organizational culture, climate, and service structure. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 35(1), 124-133.

Capella, E., Frazier, S.L., Atkins, M.S., Schoenwald, S.K., & Glisson, C. (2008). Enhancing schools’ capacity to support children in poverty: An ecological model of school-based mental health services. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 35(5), 395-409.

Schoenwald, S.K., Chapman, J.E., Kelleher, K., Hoagwood, K.E., Landsverk, J., Stevens, J., Glisson, C., & Rolls-Reutz, J. (2008). A survey of the infrastructure for children’s mental health services: Implications for the implementation of empirically supported treatments (ESTs). Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 35(1), 84-97.

Glisson, C. (2007). Assessing and changing organizational culture and climate for effective services. Research on Social Work Practice, 17, 736-747.

Glisson, C., Dukes, D., & Green, P.D. (2006). The effects of the ARC organizational intervention on caseworker turnover, climate, and culture in children’s service systems. Child Abuse & Neglect, 30, 855-880.

Glisson, C., & Green, P.D. (2006). The role of specialty mental health care in predicting child welfare and juvenile justice out-of-home placements. Research on Social Work Practice, 16(4), 480-490.

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