On the recent social service worker death in Massachusetts: Work to create a culture of safety

Last week, we received the horrible news that a young woman working in a community residence for people with mental illness had been murdered by a resident in that residence.  Click here or… Continue reading

Upcoming paper at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting – suicidality and young adults with disabilities

Suicidality and help-seeking behaviors among young adults with disabilities: Implications for suicide prevention Little is known about the prevalence of suicidality among young adults with disabilities. The transition into young adult life is… Continue reading

New article coming out on substance use disorder treatment access, intellectual disability

Coming out in the October 2010 issue of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities: Medicaid-covered alcohol and drug treatment use among people with intellectual disabilities: Evidence of disparities For some, community inclusion facilitates access to alcohol and… Continue reading

Foster youth with intellectual disabilities, permanency planning goals and case outcomes

Just gave a talk at the National Research Conference on Child and Family Programs and Policy on permanency planning and foster care outcomes for children with and without intellectual disabilities…someone snapped this photo, interesting… Continue reading

On demographic and clinical characteristics of people with intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders

Little is known about the demographic and clinical characteristics of people with intellectual disabilities and substance abuse problems. Drawing on health care billing claims for people with Medicaid coverage aged 12–99 years, the characteristics… Continue reading

Community-based participatory research project on youth with developmental disabilities

Building on a two-year partnership with my colleague Beth Flanzbaum at YOU, Inc., I am starting to work on a new community-based participatory research project entitled “Developing best practices for clinical work with… Continue reading

Family violence and women with disabilities

Violence against women is identified as a top human rights issue by women with disabilities, a population that is more likely to experience intimate partner violence (IPV) than their counterparts without disabilities. Existing… Continue reading

Access to substance abuse treatment for youth with intellectual disabilities

Very psyched – the first of my dissertation-based articles is out!  The abstract is listed below, but you can access the full article from the Journal of Disability Policy Studies at this link.… Continue reading

Qualitative research on child protection practice and child sexual exploitation

Over the past year, three graduate students from my applied research course (Ellen Calhoun, Melissa Geoffroy and Dominique Gutierrez) designed a qualitative research project to learn more about the experiences of child protection workers engaged… Continue reading

New article in The New Social Worker Online on disability, substance abuse

Check out my article in The New Social Worker Online – it is about identifying substance abuse among people with intellectual disabilities. This work merges my former work as a forensic social worker… Continue reading