Previous Projects

2/14/17
This pilot study would adapt the YCS for use with children ages 9 to 14, and test the validity and reliability of thisnewly adapted assessment tool. TheYCS is a measure of connectedness of youth to caring adults, originally developed for older youth ages 15 to 21 who were in out-of-home placement. This assessment tool would fill a gap in the field, to help guide practice and evaluation of efforts to build supportive networks for children as young as 9 who are in out-of-home placement.
2/14/17
This project will potentially help provide new mothers with information on the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression and services within the region, as well as help health providers to provide more culturally sensitive services and help agencies with new data they can use to write grants for improved services.
6/25/14
The purpose of this study was to explore how psychosocial factors, including interactions with the healthcare system, become barriers to timely hospice referral. The study investigated the perspectives of both hospice professionals and family caregivers who have provided late car about psychosocial factors that both contribute to and result from short hospice utilization.
2/14/17
The purpose of this study is to conduct a community-based research project in collaboration with the Burmese Community Support Center (BCSC) to collect baseline data on factors related to behavioral health outcomes among the Burmese refugees living in Buffalo. The data will be analyzed to describe baseline behavioral health conditions and identify risk and protective factors of behavioral health, which will then inform the design and development of culturally appropriate intervention projects to respond to the behavioral health needs of the Burmese refugee community.
2/14/17
As part of an award from the Chautauqua County Mental Health SAMSHA's Systems of Care Grant, the evaluation team is evaluating the mental health needs of children, adolescents and young adults with serious emotional disturbance residing in Chautauqua County. An additional subcontract has been set up with Mansoor Kazi at the University at Albany.
3/2/15
As a subcontract from the Chautauqua County Mental Health SAMSHA's Systems of Care Grant, the evaluation team is evaluating the mental health needs of children, adolescents and young adults with serious emotional disturbance residing in Chautauqua County.
6/25/14
The psychosocial outcomes of neoadjuvant and adjuvant chemotherapy treatments for women are largely unknown. This study investigates the concerns, coping strategies and levels of distress and compare them in women who have adjuvant chemotherapy (N=20) with those who have neoadjuvant chemotherapy (N=20).
2/14/17
This project involves the provision of consultation utilizing implementation science principles, including assessment, training and technical assistance to a local agency or program(s) regarding organizational readiness to implement evidence-based trauma treatment.
9/26/18
Assist in the development, implementation and data collection of Gateway-Longview's Continuous Quality Improvement Program.
6/25/14
This project is aimed at funding research assistants to develop research proposals that focus on the individuals with developmental disabilities and their focus area and submitting such proposals for funding.
6/25/14
The purpose of this project is to explore and describe the unique nature of palliative and psychosocial interventions that are provided for people who enter a hospice house.
6/25/14
This study seeks to examine the relationships among trauma history, training-related stress, exposure to trauma-related clinical material and self-care activities and their associations with compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue (including burnout and secondary traumatic stress symptoms) outcomes among students in master’s-level social work (MSW) training.
8/17/15
The overall purpose of the proposed pilot study is to gain an understanding of how better to help women gain stable independent housing.
2/14/17
This project involves the overall administration, design and implementation of the research and evaluation of the Family Driven Planning intervention at Hillside Family of Agencies as part of an NYS Office of People with Developmental Disabilities grant.
6/25/14
The objectives of this project are: 1) to collect information from key informants concerning their views of what services should be provided to alleviate postpartum depression among mothers of color. 2) To use the key informant responses to develop focus group questions to ask mothers of color who have experienced post partum depression and 3) to provide the Finger Lakes Perinatal Forum with additional data from the interviews that can be used to further screening and assessment for grant writing that will enhance service delivery to mothers of color living with postpartum depression in the Region.
6/25/14
The purpose of this study is to examine the health consequences associated with alcohol and drug use in a sample of convicted drinking-drivers.
6/25/14
This project collected baseline data from urban Native American youth and a subset of their caregivers on the health behaviors of these youth. In particular, the project gathered data on their dietary practices, physical activities and recreational tobacco use. This information was used to develop a culturally grounded wellness curriculum for urban Native American youth ages 9-13. This curriculum was implemented in the summer of 2006 through a five week summer day camp.
6/25/14
H.E.A.R.T., comprised of Crisis Services, Music is Art, Healthy Community Alliance and the Mental Health Association of Erie County Inc., is a coalition offering a program to schools that is designed to increase awareness of mental health among adolescents who are dealing with issues related to suicide, relationships, alienation, loneliness and bullying and how these issues may affect them individually, their peers, and their family members. This project will draft the evaluation strategy with the coalition partners and construct the survey instruments for the youth.
7/18/14
The overarching goal of this five-year partnership is for the Buffalo Center for Social Research (BCSR) to assist Hillside Family of Agencies (HFA) in establishing and implementing a strategically-focused research program that builds on the strengths of both BCSR and HFA.
8/17/15
The overarching goal of this five-year partnership is for the Buffalo Center for Social Research (BCSR) to assist Hillside Family of Agencies (HFA) in establishing and implementing a strategically-focused research program that builds on the strengths of both BCSR and HFA.
2/14/17
The overarching goal of this five-year partnership is for the Buffalo Center for Social Research (BCSR) to assist Hillside Family of Agencies (HFA) in establishing and implementing a strategically-focused research program that builds on the strengths of both BCSR and HFA.
6/25/14
This project is an exploratory descriptive pilot study of home and community-based services for end of life care in the eight counties of Western New York.
6/25/14
The purpose of this project is to develop a therapeutic justice model that will maximize recovery and reduce recidivism among individuals treated for substance use disorders in the drug court setting by improving identification and effective treatment of co-occurring mental illness.
11/5/18
We developed this initiative to provide excellence in training and service delivery for health care providers serving Veterans and military families in our region.
6/25/14
The goal of this Research Institute on Addictions awarded study is to develop a training program for therapists using a combination of laptop computers an interactive database, and distance learning in a state-of-the-science, innovative model of technology transfer and knowledge exchange. A clinical trial will unfold in a series of four phases that allow for ongoing development and refinement of the training materials with 90 volunteer clinicians.
6/25/14
The purpose of this project was to provide a needs assessment, including data and analysis of the prevalence and any demographic patterns of alcoholism, substance abuse, mental illness and mental retardation/developmental disabilities in the Latino population.
2/14/17
When asked, most people express the wish to dieat home rather than being transported to a hospital at the end of life (Bell,Somogyi-Zalud, & Masaki, 2010; Gruneir et al., 2007), yet 77 percent of people over age 65 die in a hospital (National Vital Statistics System, 2012). Emergency 911 calls are often made when the end stage of an advanced illness is accompanied by alarming symptoms and substantial anxiety for family caregivers, particularly when an approaching death is not anticipated. How prehospital providers (Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians [EMTs]) manage emergency calls near death influences how and where people will die, if their end-of-life choices are upheld and how appropriately healthcare resources areutilized. Legally binding documents (e.g. Non-hospital Do Not Resuscitate [NHDNR] and Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment [MOLST]) can provideguidance but can also be a source of conflict on end-of-life emergency calls.
6/25/14
This project is designed to examine the nature of reactions to "anticipated," rather than previously experienced, traumatic events. The present study is designed to: (1) conduct preliminary assessments of the nature of such "anticipatory" pscyhological responses in three different stressor groups, (2) identify psychosocial predictors and coorelates of such responses, and (3) examine the relationships of such states to other indices of adjustment.
3/2/15
This study seeks to improve access to services for individuals with a criminal record. It also has implications for mental health practitioners, especially those who work with poor or vulnerable populations that are more likely to have been incarcerated. Future directions include the improvement of professional training and the development of continuing education programs around criminal backgrounds of potential mental health clients.
6/25/14
Mindfullness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has been shown to be efficacious in increasing the ability to cope with stress and in enhancing coping and psychological well-being. This Research Institute on Addictions awarded study evaluates MBSR in a clinical setting with alcohol dependent patients.
6/25/14
Native American performers in the film industry are a minority of the minorities. The overall purpose of this study is to qualitatively investigate how Native American performers conceptualize their experience in the film industry.
6/25/14
This training project will seek to teach and assist court personnel in implementing solution focused approaches from a trauma informed system of care in order to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery.
9/21/18
Administered through the School’s Office of Continuing Education, this grant provides support to the 19 counties of the Western Region of the New York State Office of Mental Health to assess, develop and implement:
9/21/18
Administered through the School’s Office of Continuing Education, this grant provides support to the 19 counties of the Western Region of the New York State Office of Mental Health to assess, develop and implement:
9/21/18
Administered through the School’s Office of Continuing Education, this grant provides support to the 19 counties of the Western Region of the New York State Office of Mental Health to assess, develop and implement:
9/21/18
Administered through the UB School of Social Work's Office of Continuing Education, this grant provides support to the 19 counties of the Western Region of the New York State Office of Mental Health to assess, develop and implement training for staff of eligible agencies in evidence-based practices for children, adolescents and their families.
6/25/14
This project builds on the knowledge drawn from organizational research on internal structures (e.g., culture and climate) that can impede or enhance evidenced-based practice (EBP) implementation within community-based mental health organizations.
6/25/14
The primary objective of this project is to examine the effect of youths' activism on their identities, values and relationships with peers and adults. This objective will be met though the use of in-depth, longituinal and mixed-method data.
9/21/18
Administered through UB School of Social Work's Office for Continuing Education, this grant provides free training to mental health staff in the 19 counties of Western New York on suicide prevention.
9/26/18
Cazenovia Recovery Systems Inc. is interested in enhancing its community-based programming for individuals residing in Visions Place by introducing a new team-based approach to strengthen the rehabilitation and support needs of the residents as they prepare for and transition to semi-independent or independent living. This project will implement the pre-program evaluation to establish baseline client data and program design information of Visions Place residents.
2/14/17
The purpose of this study is to explore gambling issues (i.e., the experiences, cultural meanings and definitions of problem gambling) among Asian immigrant elders from their own accounts.
6/25/14
The third interdisciplinary conference devoted to clinical supervision theory, practice and research focuses on core issues in clinical supervision that cut across professional disciplines. The conference provides an opportunity for mental health professionals and educators to meet and to learn from each other about current issues, practice and research findings related to clinical supervision of students and practitioners.
6/25/14
This study is an exploratory analysis of Hopevale Incorporated’s Parents and Child Trauma Program’s (PACT) use of the Risking Connections Trauma Framework to serve adolescents with developmental disabilities who have experienced trauma. It is a collaborative effort between Hopevale Incorporated, Heritage Centers Incorporated and the University at Buffalo School of Social Work.
2/14/17
The purpose of our initiative is to increase the capacity of the social work profession in upstate New York to address the mental and behavioral needs of veterans, military personnel and their families, and residents of medically underserved rural communities.
8/17/15
This project will continue intensive violence prevention services provided during the 2009-2010 school year to the students at the Dr. Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence (Buffalo School District, #89). Students in the school experience many of the normal, developmental needs of students in the elementary and middle school grades. In addition, family, community, social and economic issues compound these problems resulting, for many students, in maladaptive behaviors in the school. The project will build on seven years of prior experience implementing school violence prevention programs in the Buffalo School District (BSD) provided to a number of schools as well as the 2009-2010 programs in the Dr. Lydia T. Wright School.
2/14/17
This project will continue intensive violence prevention services provided during the 2009-2010 school year to the students at the Dr. Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence (Buffalo School District, #89). Students in the school experience many of the normal, developmental needs of students in the elementary and middle school grades. In addition, family, community, social and economic issues compound these problems resulting, for many students, in maladaptive behaviors in the school. The project will build on seven years of prior experience implementing school violence prevention programs in the Buffalo School District (BSD) provided to a number of schools as well as the 2009-2010 programs in the Dr. Lydia T. Wright School.
7/18/14
This project will continue intensive violence prevention services provided during the 2009-2010 school year to the students at the Dr. Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence (Buffalo School District, #89). Students in the school experience many of the normal, developmental needs of students in the elementary and middle school grades. In addition, family, community, social and economic issues compound these problems resulting, for many students, in maladaptive behaviors in the school. The project will build on seven years of prior experience implementing school violence prevention programs in the Buffalo School District (BSD) provided to a number of schools as well as the 2009-2010 programs in the Dr. Lydia T. Wright School.