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The Johns Hopkins ALACRITY Center is pleased to announce the 2020 Pilot Grant Awardees:

Dr. Sachini Bandara, Assistant Professor, Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Pilot Grant Title: Community Reentry After Incarceration for Adults with Serious Mental Illness: Identifying Policy Opportunities

Dr. Karly Murphy, Assistant Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Pilot Grant Title: Identification of Patient, Provider, and Health System Factors Associated with Gaps in Preventive and Chronic Disease Care Delivery for Persons with Serious Mental Illness

Dr. Johannes Thrul, Assistant Professor, Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 

Pilot Grant Title: Developing and Pilot Testing a Remote Smoking Cessation Digital Therapeutic for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness

Advanced Methods for Mental Health Services Research Training Series now available!

"Using Marginal Structural Models in Mental Health Services Research" - Dr. Sachini Bandara

"An Introduction to Systems Science and Agent-Based Modeling" - Dr. Tak Igusa

"Using Mixed-Methods to Inform Causal Inference" - Dr. Beth McGinty

"The Use of Propensity Scores in Mental Health Services Research" - Dr. Liz Stuart 

Recent News

  • Dr. Karly Murphy’s abstract “Outcomes after COVID-19 diagnosis for people with versus without serious mental illness” was accepted to the Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting and she is a finalist for the Milton W. Hamolsky Junior Faculty Scientific Presentation Award. 
  • ALACRITY Center Trainee Dr. Liz Vrany is now officially a licensed clinical psychologist!
  • Dr. Gail Daumit, ALACRITY Center Director, presented at NAMI's Ask the Expert webinar: "Vaccine Science: A History of Distrust and Discrimination for People with Mental Illness" in January. View the webinar here.
  • Dr. Tak Igusa presented "Systems Science for implementation interventions: An application to tobacco smoking cessation for persons with serious mental illness" at Academy Health's Science of Dissemination & Implementation Conference in December.
  • Dr. Murphy was awarded the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation Young Investigator Award in October 2020. She will be studying if negative attitudes are embedded in the medical record for persons with serious mental illness and if these influence quality of primary care delivery. Drs. Gail Daumit and Mary Catherine Beach are her mentors.
  • Dr. Daumit received The Wulfson Memorial Lecture Award for outstanding efforts to decrease premature mortality and improve the overall health of people with serious mental illness from Weill Cornell Department of Psychiatry
  • Dr. Kimberly Gudzune shared her interactive poster at Academy Health's Science of Dissemination & Implementation Conference in December. She discussed ALACRITY Center's pilot study of the adapted Achieving Healthy Lifestyles in Psychiatric Rehabilitation (ACHIEVE) behavioral weight loss intervention
  • Dr. Beth McGinty, ALACRITY Center Associate Director, is joining the Core Faculty of the Implementation Research Institute
  • Dr. Murphy was awarded the first-place prize in the 2020 Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology Trainee of the Year competition for her article “Association of Socioeconomic Status and Comorbidities with Racial Disparities during Kidney Transplant Evaluation.”
  • Dr. Daumit presented at NAMI's Ask the Expert webinar "Achieving Ideal Heart Health in People with Mental Illness." View the webinar here
  • Dr. Daumit presented "Achieving Cardiovascular Health Equity for Persons with Serious Mental Illness" at The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity Jam Session
  • Dr. Elizabeth Stuart, ALACRITY Center Methods Core Co-Principal Investigator, presented "Mediation analysis to examine behavioral interventions" at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention. 
  • Dr. Stuart was recently named an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellow
  • Dr. Stuart was recently installed as a Bloomberg Professor of American Health
  • Dr. Stuart received the 2020 Society for Epidemiology Marshall Joffe Methods Award
  • ALACRITY Center staff, Catherine Wren, was highlighted in Johns Hopkins Medicine's "Extraordinary People. Extraordinary Moments" discussing her COVID-19 research experience at Johns Hopkins' field-based research site. She was also featured in a recent Johns Hopkins Medicine Dome article, "COVID-19 Research Coordinator Finds Her Calling at Johns Hopkins."
  • Dr. McGinty discussed her study on the effects of psychological distress during COVID-19 in a recent New York Times article
  • Dr. Daumit presented a webinar "Achieving Healthy Weight for Mental Health Consumers" in collaboration with The Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network and The University of Washington. 
  • Dr. Daumit discussed the IDEAL Trial in Cardiology Today. 
  • Dr. Gudzune, ALACRITY Center Core Pilot Study Co-Principal Investigator, recently had an article "FaceTime with your doctor" published in the Washington Post addressing how COVID-19 is changing the delivery of health care.
  • Dr. Gudzune was recently quoted in a Scientific American article, "What if Doctors Stopped Prescribing Weight Loss?"
  • Dr. Stuart was named to a three year term on two standing National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine committees: The Committee on National Statistics and The Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics. 
  • Drs. Daumit and McGinty recently presented a webinar for The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on “Caring for People with Mental Health and Substance use Disorders in Primary Care Settings.”
  • Dr. Gerald Jerome, ALACRITY Center Co-Principal Investigator, was promoted to Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Towson University in August 2020
  • ALACRITY Center faculty, Dr. Sachini Bandara, was appointed as Assistant Professor in The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Department of Mental Health. ALACRITY Center 2019 Pilot Grant Recipient, Dr. Alene Kennedy-Hendricks, was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Dr. Murphy is joining the General Internal Medicine faculty as an Assistant Professor. Congratulations to all!

Recent Publications

Adapting the Comprehensive Unit Safety Program (CUSP) implementation strategy to increase delivery of evidence-based cardiovascular risk factor care in community mental health organizations: Protocol for a pilot study

McGinty EE, Thompson D, Murphy KA, Stuart EA, Wang NY, Dalcin A, Mace E, Gennusa J, Daumit GL. Adapting the Comprehensive Unit Safety Program (CUSP) implementation strategy to increase delivery of evidence-based cardiovascular risk factor care in community mental health organizations: Protocol for a pilot study. Implement Sci Commun. 2021 Mar 4;2(1):26. doi: 10.1186/s43058-021-00129-6.PMID: 33663620

 

Cancer Screening Among Adults With and Without Serious Mental Illness: A Mixed Methods Study

Murphy KA, Stone EM, Presskreischer R, McGinty EE, Daumit GL, Pollack CE. Cancer Screening Among Adults With and Without Serious Mental Illness: A Mixed Methods Study. Medical Care. 2021 Apr 1;59(4):327-333. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001499.PMID: 33704103

The Effects of the Maryland Medicaid Health Home Waiver on Emergency Department and Inpatient Utilization Among Individuals with Serious Mental Illness

Bandara SN, Kennedy-Hendricks A, Stuart EA, Barry CL, Abrams MT, Daumit GL, McGinty EE. The Effects of the Maryland Medicaid Health Home Waiver on Emergency Department and Inpatient Utilization Among Individuals With Serious Mental Illness. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2019 Dec 31. pii: S0163-8343(19)30395-0. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2019.12.004. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31948691

 

Effect of a Comprehensive Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Intervention in Persons with Serious Mental Illness: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Daumit GL, Dalcin AT, Dickerson FB, Miller ER, Evins AE, Cather C, Jerome GJ, Young DR, Charleston JB, Gennusa JV, Goldsholl S, Cook C, Heller A, McGinty EE, Crum RC, Appel LJ, Wang NY. Effect of a Comprehensive Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Intervention in Persons with Serious Mental Illness: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Network Open. 2020; 3(6):e207247. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.7247

 

Integrating Mental Health and Addiction Treatment into General Medical Care: The Role of Policy

Daumit GL McGinty EE. Integrating Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Into General Medical Care: The Role of Policy. Psychiatr Serv. 2020 Jun 3:appips202000183. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.202000183. Online ahead of print. Psychiatr Serv. 2020. PMID: 32487007

 

Psychological Distress and Loneliness Reported by US Adults in 2018 and April 2020

McGinty EE, Presskreischer R, Han H, Barry CL. Psychological Distress and Loneliness Reported by US Adults in 2018 and April 2020. JAMA. Published online June 03, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.974

 

Serious Mental Illness in Primary Care: A National Physician Survey

McGinty EE, Stone E, Daumit GL (2020). Serious Mental Illness in Primary Care: A National Physician Survey. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2020 Jun 10. doi: 10.1007/s11606-020-05950-8. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32524252.

 

Effects of Maryland's Affordable Care Act Medicaid Health Homes Waiver on Quality of Cardiovascular Care Among People With Serious Mental Illness

McGinty EE, Stone EM, Kennedy-Hendricks A, Bandara S, Murphy KA, Stuart EA, Rosenblum MA, Daumit GL (2020). Effects of Maryland's Affordable Care Act Medicaid Health Home Waiver on Quality of Cardiovascular Care Among People With Serious Mental Illness. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Mar 3. doi: 10.1007/s11606-020-05690-9. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 32128686

 

The Policy Ecology of Behavioral Health Homes: Case Study of Maryland's Medicaid Health Home Program

Stone EM, Daumit GL, Kennedy-Hendricks A, McGinty EE. The Policy Ecology of Behavioral Health Homes: Case Study of Maryland's Medicaid Health Home Program. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2020 Jan;47(1):60-72. doi: 10.1007/s10488-019-00973-8. PMID: 31506860; PMCID: PMC7040852.

 

Association Between the Maryland Medicaid Behavioral Health Home Program and Cancer Screening in People with Serious Mental Illness

Murphy KA, Daumit GL, Bandara SN, Stone EM, Kennedy-Hendricks A, Stuart EA, Pollack CE, McGinty EE. Association Between the Maryland Medicaid Behavioral Health Home Program and Cancer Screening in People With Serious Mental Illness. Psychiatr Serv. 2020 Jun 1;71(6):608-611. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201900299. Epub 2020 Feb 5. PMID: 32019432; PMCID: PMC7266726.

 

A Model for Advancing Scale-Up of Complex Interventions for Vulnerable Populations: the ALACRITY Center for Health and Longevity in Mental Illness 

McGinty EE, Murphy KA, Dalcin AT, et al. A Model for Advancing Scale-Up of Complex Interventions for Vulnerable Populations: the ALACRITY Center for Health and Longevity in Mental Illness [published online ahead of print, 2020 Aug 31]. J Gen Intern Med. 2020;10.1007/s11606-020-06137-x. doi:10.1007/s11606-020-06137-x

 

Behavioral Health Home Impact on Transitional Care and Readmissions among Adults with Serious Mental Illness

Kennedy‐Hendricks A, Bandara SN, Daumit GL, Busch AB, Stone EM, Stuart EA, Murphy KA, McGinty EE. Behavioral Health Home Impact on Transitional Care and Readmissions among Adults with Serious Mental Illness. Health Serv Res. 2020; 00: 1– 8. https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-6773.13594

 

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