CLINICAL UNIT BASED RESEARCH
Behavioral Health Partial Program (BHPP)
- Thröstur Björgvinsson, PhD, Director
- Josephine Lee, B.S., Research Coordinator
- Courtney Beard, Ph.D., Psychologist
- Rachel B. Weiss, Ph.D., Psychologist
- Bridget Hearon, Ph.D., Post-doctoral Fellow
- Lynne Kopeski, APRN, BC, Nurse Director
The BHPP Clinical Research Program conducts research to improve our understanding and treatment of mood, anxiety, personality, and psychotic disorders. The BHPP exemplifies an integrative approach in which research informs clinical practice, and clinical practice informs research.
The BHPP provides research training and mentorship to many types of trainees, including clinical psychology post-doctoral fellows, pre-doctoral interns, practicum students, and undergraduate student visitors and academic credit students, BHPP counselors. BHPP trainees are involved in the entire research process and regularly present their work in poster presentations, symposia, and peer-reviewed manuscripts.
Please contact Dr. Courtney Beard (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in joining our research team.
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Partial Program CV (pdf)
The BHPP collects patient data via daily computerized self-report instruments and a one-time clinician-administered diagnostic interview. Together, these data are used to inform individualized case conceptualization and treatment planning. Patients may also consent for their data to be de-identified and analyzed for research purposes.
- Treatment Outcome
One of the BHPP’s primary aims is to determine the effectiveness of our program, as well as predictors of treatment outcome. We are continually tracking outcomes, as well as examining a range of patient-relevant and program-relevant factors that may impact treatment response. In collaboration with McLean’s Center for Depression, Stress, and Anxiety, we are examining whether behavioral performance on a cognitive control task predicts treatment response, as well as whether treatment is associated with improvement in cognitive control.
Kuller, A., Libben, M.R., Rosmarin, D.H., & Bj√∂rgvinsson, T. (2012). Does symptom type moderate the relationship between insight and outcome in cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis? A preliminary investigation. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 41(4), 298-309. doi: 10.1080/16506073.2012.67667
Rosmarin, D.H., Bigda-Peyton, J.S., Kertz, S.J., Smith, N., Rauch, S.L., & ¬†¬†¬†¬†Bj√∂rgvinsson, T. (2012). A test of faith in god and treatment: The relationship of ¬†belief in god to psychiatric treatment outcomes. Journal of Affective Disorder
Webb, C., Kertz, S., Bigda-Peyton, J., & Bj√∂rgvinsson, T. (in press). The role of pretreatment expectancies and cognitive-behavioral skills in symptom improvement in an acute psychiatric setting. Journal of Affective Disorders.
- Mechanisms of Change
The BHPP recently began collecting patient data daily, thereby allowing the examination of mechanisms of change. We are currently examining whether ¬†¬†¬†¬† changes in cognitive behavioral skills and psychological flexibility during ¬†¬† treatment are associated with changes in depression and anxiety.
- Transdiagnostic Constructs
Given the heterogeneity and comorbidty of the BHPP’s patient population, we are interested in delineating important transdiagnostic vulnerability factors. This work aims to inform our theories of psychopathology and identify important targets for treatment.
Kertz, S.J., Bigda-Peyton, J.S., Rosmarin, D.H., & Bj√∂rgvinsson, T. (2012). The Importance of Worry across Diagnostic Presentations: Prevalence, Severity, and Associated Symptoms in a Partial Hospital Setting. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 26(1), 126-133.
- Treatment Development
The BHPP is constantly striving to improve patient care, which often takes the form of development of new group protocols based on current research findings. Our pre-doctoral interns and post-doctoral fellows are particularly involved with this aspect of treatment and program development. Recent examples include the development of new groups focusing on teaching Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills, integrating spirituality into treatment, and improving self-compassion. We are currently comparing the effectiveness of two group protocols in enhancing physical activity.
Rosmarin, D.H., Auerbach, R.P., Bigda-Peyton, J.S., Bj√∂rgvinsson, T., & Levendusky, P.G. (2011). Integrating spirituality into cognitive behavioral therapy in an acute psychiatric setting: A Pilot Study. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 25(4), 287-303.
- Psychometric Evaluation
The BHPP is ideally suited to evaluate the psychometric properties of psychological assessments given the large number of patients that attend our program. We are especially interested in examining how measures perform in our naturalistic, acute population.
Bj√∂rgvinsson, T., Kertz, S.J, Bigda-Peyton, J., Aderka, I., & McCoy, K. (in press).¬† Psychometric properties of the Center for Epidemiological Studies of Depression-10 in an acute psychiatric sample. Assessment.
Kertz, S.J, Bigda-Peyton, J., & Bj√∂rgvinsson, T. (in press). Validity of the Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 Scale in an Acute Psychiatric Sample. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy.
- McLean Hospital
- Center for Depression, Stress, and Anxiety Research
Diego Pizzagali, Ph.D.
Christian Webb, Ph.D.
Michael Treadway, Ph.D.
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute
Jason Elias, Ph.D.
Jesse Crosby, Ph.D.
- College Mental Health Program
Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, Ph.D. Catherine Bell, Ph.D.
- Southern Illinois University
Sarah Kertz, Ph.D.
- University of Haifa, Israel
Idan Aderka, Ph.D.
- University of Iceland
Andri Björnsson, Ph.D.