Current Research 2013 – 2018

A randomized, controlled trial of the effectiveness of distance supported education for post-secondary students with psychiatric disabilities

Building upon the Collaborative’s prior work assessing supported education programs, this study will assess how effective an online supported education intervention can be in assisting students who have psychiatric disabilities with college completion and academic achievement. For more information on this study, or to see if you’re eligible, click here:

A cross-sectional study assessing factors associated with community living and participation

Through the use of GIS technologies, this study explores the degree to which domains of functioning are able to predict differences in community living and participation between publicly and non-publicly funded mental health consumers who have psychiatric disabilities.

A study of the prevalence of child protective service involvement and parental resiliency of parents with psychiatric disabilities

It is still unknown whether parents with psychiatric disabilities are at greater risk of child protective service (CPS) involvement. This study assesses factors related to child protective service involvement of parents with and without psychiatric disabilities, along with factors related to parenting without CPS involvement of those with psychiatric disabilities.

A controlled study identifying characteristics of welcoming spaces and enabling environments

Through the use of respondent driven sampling, this study assesses the qualities of non-mental health environments within the community, and identifies characteristics of spaces that encourage the inclusion of people with psychiatric disabilities.

A randomized, controlled trial of supported leisure and recreation for an active life

Working with a network of mental health agencies, this study assesses the effectiveness of a recreation-based intervention for participants currently receiving case management services, in promoting independence through community access and interest-based community participation.

A randomized, controlled pilot study of the effectiveness of a peer-directed intervention for persons who are formerly homeless

Community participation does not necessarily increase when housing success is achieved. This study tests a peer brokered, supported participation intervention for enhancing community living and participation among individuals who are formerly homeless and are currently receiving supported housing services.

A study of the return to community through restorative justice and circles of support

Working with Philadelphia’s Forensic Peer Support Specialist program, this study will develop a peer-delivered intervention focusing on the needs of people with psychiatric disabilities leaving jail, to increase their social connections and community participation, while preventing future involvement in the justice system.