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Global Mental Health

Instrument Development and Testing

Developing, adapting and testing instruments to assess mental health, psychosocial, and related problems.

Testing of implementation science measures for consumers and providers of mental health services in Ukraine (2016-2017)

Development and adaptation of instruments to assess psychological distress, intimate partner violence and functional impairment in Congolese women in Nyarugusu refugee camp (2015-2016)

Testing of mental health assessments among IDP and veterans in east Ukraine (2016)

Doty SB, Haroz EE, Singh NS, Bodganov S, Bass JK, Murray LK, Callaway KL & Bolton PA. Development and validation of an assessment for mental health and alcohol use problems among conflict-affected people in Ukraine. [under review at Conflict and Health]

Pilot testing of implementation science measures for use in global mental health (2013-2015)

Expansion of The Common Elements Treatment Approach for Survivors of Torture and Violence in Thailand, Burma, and Iraq and associated research. USAID Victims of Torture Fund Extension Phase Final Report (2015)

Adaptation and Validation of Mental Health Assessments for Displaced Myanmar adults living in Thailand (2010-2013)

Haroz, E. E., Bass, J. K., Lee, C., Murray, L. K., Robinson, C., & Bolton, P. (2014). Adaptation and testing of psychosocial assessment instruments for cross-cultural use: an example from the Thailand Burma border. BMC psychology, 2(1), 31. 

Developing a measurement tool to assess mental and behavioral health problems of Somali Children living in refugee camps in Ethiopia (2012)

Hall, B. J., Puffer, E., Murray, L. K., Ismael, A., Bass, J. K., Sim, A., & Bolton, P. A. (2014). The importance of establishing reliability and validity of assessment instruments for mental health problems: An example from Somali children and adolescents living in three refugee camps in Ethiopia. Psychological Injury and Law, 7(2), 153–164.

Validation and process evaluations of mental health, substance and alcohol use assessments and HIV risk behaviors among among orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia using Audio Computer Assisted Self-Interviewing (ACASI) (2012)

Kane, J. C., Murray, L. K., Bass, J. K., Johnson, R. M., & Bolton, P. (2016). Validation of a substance and alcohol use assessment instrument among orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia using Audio Computer Assisted Self-Interviewing (ACASI). Drug and alcohol dependence, 166, 85-92.
Kane, J., Murray, L., Sughrue, S., DeMulder, J., Skavenski van Wyk, S., Queenan, J., . . . Bolton, P. (2016). Process and implementation of Audio Computer Assisted Self-Interviewing (ACASI) assessments in low resource settings: A case example from Zambia. Global Mental Health,3. doi:10.1017/gmh.2016.19
Murray SM, Bolton P, Kane J, Lakin DP, Skavenski Wyk S, Paul, R, Murray L (under review). Measuring symptoms of psychopathology in Zambian orphans and vulnerable children: Scale validation and psychometric evaluation.
Kane, J. C., Bolton, P., Murray, S. M., Bass, J. K., Lakin, D., Whetten, K., ... & Murray, L. K. (2017). Psychometric evaluation of HIV risk behavior assessments using Audio Computer Assisted Self-Interviewing (ACASI) among orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia. AIDS care, 1-8. 

Validation of the UCLA Child Post traumatic stress disorder-reaction index in Zambia (2011)

Murray, L. K., Dorsey, S., Bolton, P., Jordans, M. J., Rahman, A., Bass, J., & Verdeli, H. (2011). Building capacity in mental health interventions in low resource countries: an apprenticeship model for training local providers. International journal of mental health systems, 5(1), 30.

Development of psychosocial well-being assessment tools for Iraqi refugee adolescents and their parents currently living in and around Amman, Jordan (2009)

Measuring psychosocial problems among urban street children and children living in government institutions in Georgia (2008)

Bolton P, Murray L, Kippen S, Bass J. (2007) Assessment of urban street children and children living in government institutions in Georgia: development and testing of a locally-adapted psychosocial assessment instrument. USAID Development Clearinghouse:

Adapting standard measures of trauma, depression and anxiety symptoms along with measures of shame and hope of trafficked and/or exploited girls who had been rescued and were living in transition shelters in and around Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2007)

Bass, J., Bolton, P., & Bearup, L. (2010). Assessment of Trafficked and Abused Girls living in Shelters in Cambodia: Development and Testing of a Locally-Adapted Psychosocial Assessment Instrument (pp. 1-46, Rep.). Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

Evaluation of mental health and functioning monitoring tools for IRC’s ongoing clinic-based services for survivors of gender-based violence in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (2006)

Danuta Lockett and Paul Bolton. ‘Victims of Torture Fund Evaluation of the IRC Gender Based Violence Program in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Final Report.’ Bukavu DRC and Washington DC. May, 2009.

Validation of perinatal mental health assessments among women in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (2005)

Bass, J. K., Ryder, R. W., Lammers, M. C., Mukaba, T. N., & Bolton, P. A. (2008). Post‐partum depression in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo: Validation of a concept using a mixed‐methods cross‐cultural approach. Tropical medicine & international health, 13(12), 1534-1542.

Validation of a locally-developed measure of common mental health problems among Adolescents in Northern Uganda (2005)

Betancourt, T. S., Bass, J., Borisova, I., Neugebauer, R., Speelman, L., Onyango, G., & Bolton, P. (2009). Assessing local instrument reliability and validity: a field-based example from northern Uganda. Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology, 44(8), 685-692.

Methods for developing and testing locally-valid mental health and function assessments (2001)