CURRENT PROJECTS

FAMILIES & CAREGIVERS

Family At Church

A FAMILY PEER NAVIGATOR MODEL TO INCREASE ACCESS AND INITIAL ENGAGEMENT IN CCORDINATED SPECIALTY CARE FOR BLACK FAMILIES

Principal Investigator: Oladunni Oluwoye, PhD

Family members often initiate help-seeking and their engagement in services positively impact clinical and functional outcomes. However, Black/African American families often experience barriers and delays in access to CSC programs. This study aims to develop and refine the peer navigator model, assess feasibility, accessibility, and implementation of the refined model in CSC programs, and evaluate its effectiveness on engagement & services offered.

Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health - R34MH129332

Family Moments

IMPROVING FAMILY ENGAGEMENT AMONG FAMILIES EXPERIENCING FIRST EPISODE PSYCHOSIS 

Principal Investigator: Oladunni Oluwoye, PhD

This study seeks to refine and evaluate a family engagement intervention for coordinated specialty care programs for FEP.

Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health - K01MH117457

 

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DEVELOPING A FAMILY BRIDGER MODEL FOR WASHINGTON STATE FAMILIES & CAREGIVERS

Principal Investigator: Maria Monroe-DeVita, PhD

The goal of this study is to conduct formative evaluation with families of individuals who have experienced psychosis to develop and pilot-test a Family Bridger model. This model will support families when their loved one with psychosis enters outpatient, emergency department, or inpatient care.

Funded by private donors

 

MOBILE TECHNOLOGY

BOLSTER: DEVELOPMENT AND TESTING OF A CAREGIVER-FACING MOBILE HEALTH INTERVENTION TO REDUCE DURATION OF UNTREATED PSYCHOSIS

Principal Investigator: Benjamin Buck, PhD 

Caregivers often initiate help-seeking for loved ones experiencing early psychosis; however, there is often barriers to accessing appropriate services. Mobile health technology may reduce these barriers and duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) by educating family members about psychosis, appropriate mental health services and communication strategies for their loved ones.

Funded by National Institute of Mental Health -

R34 MH124878-01A1

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DEVELOPING mHEALTH TO SUPPORT HELP-SEEKING AMONG YOUNG ADULTS WITH EARLY PSYCHOSIS

Principal Investigator: Benjamin Buck, PhD 

A long duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) has been linked to poorer outcomes. Mobile health interventions may help reduce DUP in addition to reducing barriers during help-seeking, and improving engagement in services.

Funded by National Institute of Mental Health - K23MH122504

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PHYSICAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING

BUILDING COMMUNITY CAPACITY AMONG MULTI-CARE, TACOMA PUBLIC SCHOOLS, & UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON TO SUPPORT UNDERSERVED YOUTH WELL-BEING

Principal Investigator: Sunny Chieh Cheng, PhD, RN 

Washington State ranks 43 out of 51 in the US for access to mental health services which can often be contributed to economical disparities. This study aims to conduct a needs assessment, along with the development and implementation of consultation program in support of students' mental well-being

Funded by Population Health Initiative, University of Washington

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SLEEP AND PHYSICAL HEALTH IN YOUTH WITH EARLY PSYCHOSIS

Principal Investigator: Sunny Chieh Cheng, PhD, RN 

Findings from this project will provide essential information about the feasibility and acceptability for using actigraphy and sleep diaries in individuals with early psychosis and their family caregivers. In addition, examining both individual and dyadic sleep, physical activity levels, mental health symptoms and functioning will fill a major gap in the literature and inform the development of tailored interventions for improving sleep and wellbeing.  

Funded by private donors

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SUPPORTING HEALTH & HEALTHY BEHAVIORS FOR NEW JOURNEYS CLIENTS

Principal Investigators: Lydia Chwastiak, MD, MPH & Sunny Cheng, PhD, RN

Individuals experiencing FEP are found to have shorter life expectancy as a result of various health conditions. This study hopes to identify how to introduce healthy behaviors and wellness through the the integrated nursing role in CSC programs . 

Funded by private donors

 

SUBSTANCE USE

DEVELOPING A FAMILY-BASED

CONTINGENCY MANAGEMENT FOR SUBSTANCE

USE AMONG YOUTH EXPERIENCING PSYCHOSIS

Principal Investigator: Oladunni Oluwoye, PhD 

Guided by an advisory committee, the goal of this project is to adapt family-based contingency management for CSC programs based on qualitative feedback from CSC clients, families, and providers.

Funded by National Institute on Drug Abuse 

 

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