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Enhanced Group Antenatal Care for Adolescents in Mali (2018-2020)

Randomized controlled trial of the Common Elements Treatment Approach to reduce interpersonal violence and alcohol abuse among families in Zambia (2016-2019)

J. C. Kane, S. Skavenski Van Wyk, S. M. Murray, P. Bolton, F. Melendez, C. K. Danielson, P. Chimponda, S. Munthali, L. K. Murray (2017)  Testing the effectiveness of a transdiagnostic treatment approach in reducing violence and alcohol abuse among families in Zambia: study protocol of the Violence and Alcohol Treatment (VATU) trial Journal: Global Mental Health / Volume 4 /

A self-help program to reduce psychological distress among South Sudanese refugee women in northern Uganda (2016-2018)

Development and evaluation of a stepped care model for maternal mental health in post-conflict settings (2015-Current)

Nguvu: Study of an integrated intervention to reduce psychological distress and intimate partner violence among Congolese women in Nyarugusu refugee camp (2015-2017)

Tol, W. A., Greene, M. C., Likindikoki, S., Misinzo, L., Ventevogel, P., Bonz, A. G., Bass, J. K. & Mbwambo, J. K. K. (2017) An integrated intervention to reduce intimate partner violence and psychological distress with refugees in low-resource settings: Study protocol for the Nguvu cluster randomized trial BMC Psychiatry. 17, 1, 186.

Testing the Impact of a Caregiver Training Intervention for enhancing neurological and cognitive development among HIV-infected and HIV-affected children in Uganda (2012-2016)

Boivin MJ, Nakasujja N, Familiar I, Murray SM, Sikorskii A, Awadu J, Shohet C, Givn Dr, Ruisenor-Esudero H, Schut EE, Opoka RO, Bass JK (2017). Effect of caregiver training on neurodevelopment of HIV-exposed uninfected children and caregiver mental health: a Ugandan cluster randomized controlled trial. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.
Bass JK, Opoka R, Familiar I, Nakasujja N, Sikorskii A, Awadu J, Givon D, Shohet C, Murray SM, Augustinavicius J, Mendelson T, Boivin M. (2017) Randomized controlled trial of caregiver training for HIV-infected child neurodevelopment and caregiver well-being.  AIDS. 31(13):1877-1883.
Bass, J. K., Nakasujja, N., Familiar-Lopez, I., Sikorskii, A., Murray, S. M., Opoka, R., ... & Boivin, M. J. (2016). Association of caregiver quality of care with neurocognitive outcomes in HIV-affected children aged 2–5 years in Uganda. AIDS care28(sup1), 76-83.

Trials of Cognitive Processing Therapy and VSLA programs to improve mental health, social and economic outcomes for female sexual violence survivors in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (2008-2013)

Bass JK, Annan J, Murray SM, Kaysen D, Griffiths S, Cetinoglu T, Wachter K, Murray LK, Bolton PA. (2013) Controlled trial of psychotherapy for sexual violence survivors in DR Congo. New England Journal of Medicine. 368:2182-91.
Bass J, Murray S, Cole G, Bolton P, Poulton C, Robinette K, Seban J, Falb K, Annan J. Economic, Social and Mental Health Impacts of an Economic Intervention for Female Sexual Violence Survivors in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.  Journal of Global Mental Health. 3. DOI: 2016.
Hall BJ, Bolton P, Annan J, Kaysen D, Robinette K, Certinoglu T, Wachter K. & Bass J. The effect of cognitive therapy on structural social capital: Results from a randomized controlled trial among sexual violence survivors in the Democratic Republic of Congo. American Journal of Public Health. Jul 17:e1-e7. 2014.

Mental health and psychosocial wellbeing in Congolese refugee survivors of gender-based violence: A desk review (2016)

Dissemination of Cognitive Processing Therapy for Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in North and South Kivu, DRC as part of the USHINDI and TUSHINDI projects (2016-2023)

Studies of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Among Children in Lusaka, Zambia (2012-2015)

Murray LK, Skavenski van Wyk S, Kane JC, Mayeya J, Dorsey S, Cohen, JA, Michalopoulos L, Imasiku M, Bolton P. (2015) Effectiveness of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Among Trauma-Affected Children in Lusaka, Zambia: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Pediatrics, 169(8): 761-9.
Kane JC, Murray LK, Cohen J, Dorsey S, Skavenski van Wyk S, Henderson JG, Imasiku M, Mayeya J, Bolton P. (2016). Moderators of treatment response to trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy among youth in Zambia. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 57(10): 1194-1202.
Murray LK, Skavenski S., Michalopoulos L, Bolton P, Bass J, Cohen J. Counselor and participant perspectives of Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children in Zambia: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology – Qualitative Issue. 2014; 0 (0) 1-13. DOI: 10.1080/15374416.2013.859079. PMCID: PMC4087094.
Murray LK, Skavenski S, Bolton P, Bass J.  Jere, E. Catholic Relief Services, SUCCESS  Return  to  Life,  Zambia   TF-CBT  Pilot  Project  Report.  December, 2009.
Murray LK, Dorsey S, Skavenski S, Kasoma M, Imasiku M, Bolton P, Bass J, Cohen JA. (2013) Identification, modification, and implementation of an evidence-based psychotherapy for children in a low-income country: the use of TF-CBT in Zambia. Int J Ment Health Syst. Oct 23;7(1):24. doi: 10.1186/1752-4458-7-24.

Validation and process evaluations of mental health, substance and alcohol use assessments and HIV risk behaviors among 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 dependence166, 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.

Identifying and addressing mental health needs of Somali children living in refugee camps in Ethiopia with a Common Elements Treatment Approach (CETA) (2010-2013)

Murray, L. K., Hall, B., Dorsey, S., Ugeuto, A., Puffer, E. S., Sim, A., Ismael, A., Bass, J., Akiba, C., Lucid, L., Harrison, J., Erikson, A., & Bolton, P. A. (under review). An open trial of a common elements approach for youth in Somali refugee camps.
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.

Barriers to HIV treatment acceptance and adherence among Zambian Women (2007)

Murray LK, Semrau K, McCurley E, Thea D, Scott N, Mwiya M, Kankasa C, Bass J, Bolton P. (2009) Barriers to Acceptance and Adherence of Antiretroviral Therapy in urban Zambian Women: A qualitative study. AIDS Care. 21(1):78-86.

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.

Mental Health and Psychosocial Needs and Interventions for Displaced War-Affected Adolescents in Northern Uganda (2005-2007)

Bolton P, Bass J, Betancourt T, Speelman L, Onyango G, Clougherty KF, Neugebauer R, Murray L, Verdeli, H. Interventions for Depression Symptoms Among Adolescent Survivors of War and Displacement in Northern Uganda: A Randomized Controlled Trial. JAMA. 2007;298(5):519–527. doi:10.1001/jama.298.5.519.
Betancourt, T. S., Newnham, E. A., Brennan, R. T., Verdeli, H., Borisova, I., Neugebauer, R., ... & Bolton, P. (2012). Moderators of treatment effectiveness for war-affected youth with depression in northern Uganda. Journal of Adolescent Health, 51(6), 544-550.
Verdeli, H., Clougherty, K., Onyango, G., Lewandowski, E., Speelman, L., Betancourt, T. S., ... Bolton, P. (2008). Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Youth in IDP Camps in Northern Uganda: Adaptation and Training. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 17(3), 605-624. DOI: 10.1016/j.chc.2008.03.002.
Haroz, E. E., Murray, L. K., Bolton, P., Betancourt, T., & Bass, J. K. (2013). Adolescent resilience in Northern Uganda: the role of social support and prosocial behavior in reducing mental health problems. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 23(1), 138-148.
Betancourt, T. S., Speelman, L., Onyango, G., & Bolton, P. (2009). A qualitative study of mental health problems among children displaced by war in northern Uganda. Transcultural psychiatry, 46(2), 238-256.
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.

A qualitative study examining the problems of HIV infected mothers and their children in Lusaka, Zambia (2005)

Murray, L. K., Haworth, A., Semrau, K., Singh, M., Aldrovandi, G. M., Sinkala, M., ... Bolton, P. A. (2006). Violence and abuse among HIV-infected women and their children in Zambia: A qualitative study. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 194(8), 610-615. DOI: 10.1097/01.nmd.0000230662.01953.bc.

Study of mental health problems among Perinatal 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.

Evaluation of a group interpersonal therapy program to treat depression among HIV-affected adults in Rural Uganda (2001-2003)

Bolton P, Bass J, Neugebauer R, Verdeli H, Clougherty KF, Wickramaratne P, Speelman L, Ndogoni L, Weissman M. (2003) Group interpersonal psychotherapy for depression in rural Uganda: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA. Jun 18;289(23):3117-24.
Bass J, Neugebauer R, Clougherty KF, Verdeli H, Wickramaratne P, Ndogoni L, Speelman L, Weissman M, Bolton P. (2006) Group interpersonal psychotherapy for depression in rural Uganda: 6-month outcomes: randomised controlled trial. Br J Psychiatry. Jun;188:567-73.
Lewandowski RE, Bolton PA, Feighery A, Bass J, Hamba C, Haroz E, Stavrou V, Ndogoni L, Jean-Pierre A, Verdeli H. (2016) Local perceptions of the impact of group interpersonal psychotherapy in rural Uganda. Glob Ment Health (Camb). Jul 27;3:e23. doi: 10.1017/gmh.2016.15. eCollection 2016.
Verdeli H, Clougherty K, Bolton P, Speelman L, Lincoln N, Bass J, Neugebauer R, Weissman MM. (2003) Adapting group interpersonal psychotherapy for a developing country: experience in rural Uganda. World Psychiatry. Jun;2(2):114-20.

Qualitative assessment of the mental health effects of the HIV epidemic in Uganda (2000)

Wilk, C.M., Bolton P. (2002) Local perceptions of the mental health effects of the Uganda acquired immunodeficiency syndrome epidemic. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disorder; 190(6):384-7.

Assessing the prevalence of Depression among adults in rural Rwanda (2000)