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Title: University of Nebraska's Post-Doctoral Program in Emotional Disturbance (ED)
Center: NCSER Year: 2011
Principal Investigator: Duppong Hurley, Kristin Awardee: University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Program: Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Special Education and Early Intervention      [Program Details]
Award Period: 7/1/2011–6/30/2015 Award Amount: $643,776
Goal: Training Award Number: R324B110001
Description:

The University of Nebraska's Post-Doctoral Program in Emotional Disturbance (ED) provides postdoctoral fellows with extensive research training on projects related to educating children with ED. The overarching goal of this award is to prepare four postdoctoral fellows with skills to conduct rigorous research on the development and evaluation of interventions and assessments related to ED, ultimately making contributions to the lives of children with ED. The training program is housed at the University of Nebraska's Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, but will rely significantly upon the existing partnership the university has with Boys Town, a national service provider for intervention services to children with or at risk for disabilities.

This program focuses on the fellows' acquisition of the advanced statistical and methodological skills necessary to conduct meaningful, large-scale research projects (including quasi-experimental design, randomized clinical trials, regression models, advanced modeling, and small sample sizes). Additionally, this program will focus on knowledge and competence in special education for children with ED and writing skills for submitting competitive grant proposals. Fellows work under the dual mentorship of senior and junior faculty members and have access to a multitude of university and non-university training resources. Research opportunities for the fellows currently include (but are not limited to): (a) the development and feasibility assessment of an after-care model of improving the educational and social-emotional outcomes of youth with ED; (b) the development and pilot testing of measures to assess the implementation of a treatment approach for youth in residential care for disruptive behavior disorders; (c) the assessment of the academic and language skills of children and youth as they enter Boys Town, and the development of interventions to improve their functioning; and (d) a randomized clinical trial to test the efficacy of a family-focused intervention for improving the transition to high school among students at risk for academic problems.

Publications from this project:

Ayers, S., Marsiglia, F. F., Hoffman, S., & Urbaeva, Z. (2012). Understanding the gendered patterns of substance use initiation among adolescents living in rural, central Mexico. International Journal of Drug Policy, 23, 251–254. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2012.01.005

Ayers, S., Marsiglia, F. F., Hoffman, S., Urbaeva, J., & Booth, J. (2012). Mexican adolescents' risky sexual behavior and migration intentions. International Journal of Migration, Health, and Social Care, 8, 56–71. doi: 10.1108/17479891211249997

Lambert, M. C., Rudd, L. C., & Burley, H. (2012). The Jumpstart model: The contours of a new force in early literacy. Educational Forum, 76 (2), 234–247.

Marsiglia, F. F., Ayers, S., & Hoffman, S. (2012). Religiosity and adolescent substance use in central Mexico: Exploring the interaction between internal and external religiosity on cigarette and alcohol use. American Journal of Community Psychology, 49, 87–97. doi: 10.1007/s10464–011–9439–9

Nieri, T., Hoffman, S., Marsiglia, F. F., & Kulis, S. (2012). Interpersonal violence and its association with US migration desires and plans among youths in Guanajuato, Mexico. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 13, 365–381. doi: 10.1007/s12134–011–0216–2

Wang, E., Lambert, M. C., Johnson, L., Boudreau, B., Baumann, D., & Breidenbach, B. (2012). Expediting permanent placement from foster care systems: The role of family group decision-making. Children and Youth Services Review, 34(4), 845–850.

Duppong Hurley, K., Lambert, M. C., Van Ryzin, M., Sullivan, J., & Stevens, A. (2013). Therapeutic alliance between youth and staff in residential group care: Psychometrics of the therapeutic alliance quality scale. Children and Youth Services Review, 35 (1), 56–64.

Hoffman, S., Lambert, M. C., Nelson, T. D., Trout, A. L., Epstein, M. H., & Pick, R. (2013). Confirmatory factor analysis of the PedsQL among youth in a residential treatment setting. Quality of Life Research, 22, 2151–2157. doi: 10.1007/s11136–012–0327–z

Hoffman, S., Trout, A. L., Nelson, T. D., Huscroft D'Angelo, J., Sullivan, J., Epstein, M. H., & Gibbons, C. (2013). A psychometric assessment of health literacy measures among youth in a residential treatment setting. Journal of Studies in Social Sciences, 5 (2), 288–300.

Lambert, M. C., Duppong Hurley, K., Athay Thomlinson, M., & Stevens, A. (2013). Psychometrics of the MYTS with a residential group care population. Child and Youth Care Forum, 42 (6), 555–570. doi:10.1007/s10566–013–9217–y

Lambert, M. C., Epstein, M. H., & Cullinan, D. (2014). The diagnostic quality of the Emotional and Behavioral Screener. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 32 (1), 51–61. doi: 10.1177/0734282913485541.

Duppong Hurley, K., Lambert, M. C., Epstein, M. H., & Stevens, A. (2014). Convergent validity of the strength-based behavioral and emotional rating scale with youth in a residential setting. Journal of Behavioral Health Services Review. Advance online publication.

Duppong Hurley, K., Lambert, M. C., & Stevens, A. (2014). Psychometrics of the Symptoms, Functioning, and Severity Scale for high-risk youth. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. Advance online publication. doi: 0.1177/1063426614535809

Lambert, M. C., Epstein, M., Ingram, S., Simpson, A., & Bernstein, S. (2014). Psychometrics and measurement invariance of the Emotional and Behavioral Screener. Behavioral Disorders, 39 (2), 89–101.

Nelson, T. D., Kidwell, K. M., Hoffman, S., Trout, A. L., Epstein, M. H., & Thompson, R. W. (2014). Health-related quality of life among adolescents in residential care: Description and correlates. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 84 (3), 226–233. doi: 10.1037/h0099812

Sointu, E. T., Savolainen, H., Lambert, M. C., Lappalainen, K., & Epstein, M. H. (2014). Behavioral and emotional strength-based assessment of Finnish elementary students: Psychometrics of the BERS-2. European Journal of Psychology in Education, 29 (1), 1–19.doi:10.1007/s10212–013–0184–3

Trout, A. L., Hoffman, S., Epstein, M. H., & Thompson, R. W. (2014). Family teacher and parent perceptions of youth needs and preparedness for transition upon youth discharge from residential care. Journal of Social Work. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1468017313506134

Trout, A. L., Hoffman, S., Huscroft-D'Angelo, J., Epstein, M. H., Duppong-Hurley, K., & Stevens, A. (2014). Youth and parent perceptions of aftercare supports at discharge from residential care. Child & Family Social Work, 19 (3), 304–311. doi: 10.1111/cfs.12003

Trout, A. L., Hoffman, S., Epstein, M. H., Nelson, T. D., & Thompson, R. W. (2014). Health literacy in high risk youth: A descriptive study of children in residential care. Child & Youth Services, 35 (1), 35–45. doi: 10.1080/0145935X.2014.893744

Trout, A. L., Lambert, M. C., Nelson, T. D., Epstein, M. H., & Thompson, R. W. (2014). Prevalence of physical health issues of youth with disabilities in residential settings. Disability and Health Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2014.06.006

Trout, A. L., Lambert, M. C., Nelson, T. D., Epstein, M. H., & Thompson, R. W. (2014). Prevalence of weight problems among youth with disabilities in residential care. Behavioral Disorders, 39 (3), 165–174.

Duppong Hurley, K., Van Rzyn, M., & Lambert, M. C. (in press). The role of therapeutic alliance in residential care. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders.

Lambert, M. C., Duppong Hurley, K., Gross, T. J., Epstein, M. H., & Stevens, A. (in press). Validity of the SFSS for youth in residential care. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.

Trout, A. L., Lambert M. C., Epstein, M. H., Tyler, P., & Stewart, M. (in press). Comparison of On The Way Home aftercare supports to usual care following discharge from a residential setting: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Child Welfare.


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