The following is a description of the studies we are currently running at CFI.

Adolescent Screening, Assessment, and Treatment (Discovery Center)
Philip Clemmey, Ph.D. (PI), Christopher Branson, Ph.D., Lisa Herman, Psy.D., Shilpa Taufique, Ph.D., Kali Ziba-Tanguay, Dominique Morisano, Ph.D., and Nereida Cancel.

Funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This project will evaluate a standardized substance abuse screening and assessment protocol combined with a brief treatment approach utilizing Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for adolescents with substance use problems. Additional projects funded under this grant include:

Feasibility and acceptability of using cellular phones to monitor mood states among an adolescent outpatient mental health treatment sample
Christopher Branson, Ph.D. (PI), Philip Clemmey, Ph.D., & Vanessa Volpe

This pilot study consists of two major components: a survey of patterns of technology use (cell phone, text-messaging, social media) and associated characteristics/problems (e.g., internet addiction, social withdrawal) among a clinical sample of adolescents receiving outpatient mental health services; and a pilot study comparing the use of cell phones to traditional paper-and-pencil diaries to collect daily mood/behavioral data from adolescents in outpatient mental health treatment.

Text message reminders to improve attendance for outpatient mental health services
Christopher Branson, Ph.D. (PI) & Philip Clemmey, Ph.D.

This pilot study is examining the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of using text-message reminders to improve attendance among adolescents in outpatient mental health treatment.

BI-Mount Sinai St. Luke's Roosevelt HEARTS Program: Healing Emotions and Achieving Resilience to Traumatic Stress
Dominique Morisano, Ph.D. (site PI), Christopher Branson, Ph.D., Philip Clemmey, Ph.D., and Jacob Ham, Ph.D. (Project Director--from Beth Israel)

This study is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and represents a collaboration between Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Mount Sinai St. Luke's Roosevelt. This project will evaluate the development of a new program for treating children ages 0-18 and families suffering from traumatic stress. The program involves integrating standardized assessments for traumatic stress and trauma-informed interventions.

Use of the Wii Fit in an Adolescent Day-Treatment Program: A Feasibility Study.
Yariv Hofstein, PhD (PI), Dominique Morisano, PhD, Shilpa Taufique, PhD, Philip Clemmey, PhD, and Daniel Medeiros, MD

The goal of this internally funded study is to evaluate the feasibility of incorporating use of the Nintendo Wii Fit into an adolescent alternative high school/psychiatric day-treatment program. This study will also assess 1) whether the addition of specific motivational enhancement tools might increase use of the Wii Fit and 2) whether there are psychological benefits associated with the use of exergames. The project is based at the Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service (CARES) of the Child and Family Institute of the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai St. Luke's Roosevelt.

Factors Associated with Outcomes in Severely Emotionally Disturbed Children who Received Intensive Community-based in-home Mental Health Services
Ulrick Vieux, DO, Sergio Gomez, MSW, Cathy Passman, LCSW, James Morrissey, MSW, Olga Teploukhova, PhD, Jolie Sutter, LCSW-R, Sonyarles Then, BS, Dominique Morisano, PhD, Philip Clemmey, PhD

This internally funded study is a retrospective chart review of severely emotionally disturbed children and adolescents who are enrolled in community based in-home mental health services program (HCBS- Waiver). The primary goals for the study are to explore factors associated with service utilization and predictors of successful outcomes. The impact of psychiatric, social, and demographic characteristics on clinical outcomes will also be examined.


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