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What Have PRCHN Faculty & Staff Been up To?
PRCHN Associate Director Darcy Freedman, PhD, and Affiliated Faculty Claudia Coulton,PhD, are two co-authors of Measures for Community and Neighborhood Research, a reference guide that compiles and organizes key measures for community research. The book is available from SAGE Publications.

What is the book about?
Measures for Community and Neighborhood Research is a reference guide that compiles and organizes key measures for community research. There are many measures commonly available, but they can be difficult to locate and evaluate. Mary L. Ohmer, Claudia Coulton, Darcy A. Freedman, Joanne L. Sobeck, and Jamie Booth compile the major measures of community practice and assess them for reliability and validity. The book is divided into major areas of measurement, including: methods of measurement, connections in community, community engagement, resources and issues, community organizing and social action, and measures of unequal access. Each measure includes a definition, theoretical frameworks, evaluation, and a description of how the measure has been used. The goal of this text is to provide students, professors, researchers and community-based practitioners with a helpful resource to locate, compare and utilize community and neighborhood measures. This book can be used by research institutions as well as the numerous non-profit agencies and other public and private organizations who work to improve conditions in communities and neighborhoods. 
Cascio, M.A., E. Lee, N.,Vaudrin, and D.A. Freedman. A Team-Based Approach to Open Coding: Considerations for Creating Intercoder Consensus.  Field Methods. In press.

Sajatovic M, et al. A 6-Month, Prospective, Randomized Controlled Trial of Customized Adherence Enhancement Versus Bipolar-Specific Educational Control in Poorly Adherent Individuals With Bipolar Disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2018;79(6):17m12036. doi:10.4088/JCP.17m12036.  

What is this article about?
Nonadherence in bipolar disorder (BD) ranges from 20% to 60%. Customized adherence enhancement (CAE) is a brief, BD-specific approach that targets individual adherence barriers. This prospective, 6-month, randomized controlled trial conducted from October 2012 to July 2017 compared CAE versus a rigorous BD-specific educational program (EDU) on adherence, symptoms, and functional outcomes in poorly adherent individuals. Whereas both CAE and EDU were associated with improved outcomes, CAE had additional positive effects on adherence, functioning, and mental health resource use compared to EDU.

Martha Sajatovic, Kari Colon-Zimmermann, Mustafa Kahriman, Edna Fuentes-Casiano, Hongyan Liu, Curtis Tatsuoka, Kristin A. Cassidy, Samden Lhatoo, Douglas Einstadter, Peijun Chen. A 6-month prospective randomized controlled trial of remotely delivered group format epilepsy self-management versus waitlist control for high-risk people with epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2018;1–12. DOI: 10.1111/epi.14527

What was this article about?
Despite advances in care, many people with epilepsy have negative health events (NHEs) such as accidents, emergency department visits, and poor quality of life. “Self-management for people with epilepsy and a history of negative health events” (SMART) is a novel group format epilepsy self-management intervention. A community participatory approach informed the refinement of SMART, which was then tested in a 6-month randomized controlled trial of SMART (n = 60) versus waitlist control (WL, n = 60).

Breathe free: Partnering with 2-1-1 to increase smoking cessation among low income smokers. Erika Trapl. Poster presentation. 11th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation. Washington, DC. December 2018.  
Bipolar Disorder in Later Life. Martha Sajatovic. Psych Congress Annual Meeting. Orlando, Florida, October 2018.

What was this presentation about?
Given aging/global demographics, older adults with bipolar disorder (OABD) are a growing segment of patients with bipolar disorder. In 2016, the International Society for Bipolar Disorder arranged a task force to publish a brief report on treatment recommendations for OABD. This session will build on the report, educate participants about OABD, review new research, and provide recommendations for treatment options.
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