Community Psychology Research Lab

Community Psychology Research Lab

The Community Psychology Research Lab (supervised by Drs. Jim Cook, Ryan Kilmer, Victoria Scott and Andrew Case) integrates research and service in applied community projects. We serve the community in multiple ways through our applied research and consultation services.  Community partners gain from our ability to bring student and faculty resources to address community needs. The Lab’s service to the community takes place in multiple ways, depending on the level and type of need. Examples of the types of work with community partners include:

  • Advanced undergraduates provide assistance with specific projects, either through group projects in courses or individual work (e.g., Community Psychology Learning Community students have helped ParentVOICE implement and evaluate a family education and advocacy event, and have helped the Community Culinary School of Charlotte develop a mentoring program for their students)
  • Graduate students enrolled in our applied courses help with program evaluation or other change efforts over the course of a semester (e.g., a student evaluated parent education and support programs at Thompson Child and Family Focus; students have helped the Council for Children’s Rights develop processes to collect and utilize data to improve their services to children) 
  • Higher levels of support can be provided by students who are completing their milestone projects (e.g., a student has evaluated the impact of the psychological assessments of foster children provided by Teen Health Connection for the Department of Social Services, recommending improvements in those processes; a student is working with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and the City of Charlotte to examine patterns of chronic absenteeism in elementary students and identify strategies for increasing attendance)
  • Even higher levels of support can be provided to partner agencies who choose to fund our students as Graduate Assistants who work for the agency, under faculty supervision, to address relatively short-term (1-2 year) needs (e.g., students have worked with Teen Health Connection, Thompson Child and Family Focus, and the Council for Children’s Rights to assist with evaluation and program development efforts)
  • Faculty, often with student support, also help our partners with grant proposal development and, when there are funded projects, with contractual evaluation services (e.g., we wrote the proposal for Mecklenburg County to obtain funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to transform mental health services for children and families, which led to a 7 year contract to evaluate those changes; we evaluated the Bright Beginnings pre-kindergarten program for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools)
  • Faculty also seek grant funding to work with our partner agencies to advance agency goals and address community needs (e.g., based on our work with the local system of care, we obtained funding from the National Institutes of Mental Health to support evaluation of parent advocacy and support efforts, in partnership with ParentVOICE, Thompson Child and Family Focus, and the Youth and Family Services Division of Mecklenburg County’s Department of Social Services; after evaluating the Bright Beginnings program (funded by Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools) we obtained funding from the Institute of Education Sciences help the program improve its ability to collect, manage and use data to improve the program, and to develop strategies to enhance th coaching provided to teachers to help them implement the program more effectively).

In all of these efforts, faculty provide expert supervision for our students, and students use the training they receive to make a difference and build their expertise. Our partners then gain, often at no cost or minimal cost, valuable benefits from our highly competent students and faculty supervisors’ expertise.  We have had ongoing partnerships for many years, and continual funding through contracts and grants for the past 18 years.  Our strong relationships with community organizations provide projects and initiatives in which students become involved.  As a result of our years of work in the community, faculty have won university and state award for teaching, community engagement, and public service (see below). 

If you are part of a community agency who needs the type of assistance provided by the Community Psychology Research Lab, please contact one of our program faculty.

We are constantly on the lookout for ways that our students can take advantage of local resources to advance their professional development.  For example, we've encouraged our undergraduate students to apply to become (with graduate students serving as mentors) Charlotte Research Scholars, a program which funds undergraduates to become immersed in summer research projects.  Recently the university has expanded the research opportunities for undergraduates with the Charlotte Community Scholars program, much like the Charlotte Research Scholars, but with a community engagement focus.  We have had undergraduates involved in either the Charlotte Research Scholars or Charlotte Community Scholars programs every year since their inception. Their research projects have evolved from work in the Community Psychology Research Lab, and several of our students have been awarded honors for their work.

In addition, our students have successfully applied for competitive travel funds, grants, fellowships and awards. Faculty and students work together to ensure that our collective work with community partners is disseminated effectively to our audiences, and we encourage students to present research conducted in the Community Psychology Research Lab at conferences and to publish in appropriate outlets. For instance (through 8/17/16):

Since 2008, nine different students have been co-authors on 9 peer-reviewed articles; 5 different students were first authors on 7 of those papers.

Since 2008, 40 different students, both graduate and undergraduate, were authors on 77 conference presentations at regional, national or international conferences; 25 students earned authorship on more than one presentation and 14 earned authorship on 6 or more; 29 different students are first author of 61 of those presentations. 

 

Other notable achievements of the Community Psychology Research Lab include:

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments:

Our Program:

The Community Psychology Training Program at UNC Charlotte was recognized as the Outstanding Program in 2013 by the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA - Division 27 - Community Psychology - of the American Psychological Association). The "Excellence in Education Programs Award" recognizes "an exemplary undergraduate and/or graduate program that has innovative structures, strategies, and curricula that promote development of the field of community psychology and community research and action."  We are honored to receive this award. 

The UNC Charlotte students, faculty and alumni who accepted the award at the 2015 Biennial Conference of SCRA; the plaque we received.

Our program planned and hosted the Southeastern Eco-Community Psychology Conference in October, 2010, at the Student Union at UNC Charlotte.  Melissa Strompolis (Ph.D. 2015) served as conference chair.

 

From top: conference participants in the student union; Conference Planning Team, led by Melissa Strompolis (3rd from L, back row); Melissa receiving special recognition from the Health Psychology Program for leading the planning efforts, with Virginia Gil-Rivas and Ryan Kilmer.

Then, in October, 2015, our team again hosted the Southeastern Eco-Community Psychology Conference at the Uptown Campus of UNC Charlotte, with Jackie Tynan serving as our conference chair. 

From top: Laura Clark presenting the keynote; Friday night social and Beer Mentoring at Birdsong Brewery; Saturday night banquet, groups at the McColl Center for Art and Innovation; bottom left – Conference planning team (Tom Laporte, Caroline Griswold, Jim Cook, Erin Godly-Reynolds, Jaimelee Behrendt-Mihalski, Ryan Kilmer, Taylor Scott (on floor), Conference Chair Jackie Tynan, Drew Gadaire, Jackie Larson, Khalil Salim)

In 2014-5 we hosted visiting Fulbright Scholar Serhii Volevakha, associate professor of psychology at the Сhernihiv National Pedagogical University in Ukraine. Jim Cook was his sponsor as he learned about community psychology and conducted research on citizen participation, empowerment and the development of democratic principles.

Ukrainian Fulbright Scholar Serhii Volevakha presenting his research findings to the team.

Jackie Larson, a 4th year student in our Community Ph.D. Program, was elected as the 2016 student representative to the Board of Directors for the American Orthopsychiatric Association (which will soon be formally renamed the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice). Jackie is the only student member of the Board for this 90+-year-old international organization, which focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to behavioral health and social justice. Jackie is a full voting member of the Board, will serve on the Membership Committee, and will have the opportunity to participate in the development of position statements, conference organizing, and/or task forces related to such areas as incarceration, global mental health, human trafficking, or child disabilities. Her term is for one year, renewable for up to two years.

Jaimelee Behrendt-Mihalski, in our Community Psychology Ph.D. Training Program, was elected as the 2016-2018 National Student Representative to the Executive Committee (EC) of the Society for Research and Action (SCRA), Division 27 – Community Psychology – of the American Psychological Association.  SCRA is the largest professional organization of community psychologists in the world, and the Executive Committee serves as the governing board for the organization. One National Student Representative is elected each year by fellow students to serve a 2 year term. Student Representatives are full voting members of the EC, and represent the interests and concerns of students, facilitate communication between the EC and students in the Division, and promote student membership and involvement in SCRA.

Jaimelee Behrendt-Mihalski, in our Community Psychology Ph.D. Training Program, was recently selected to be part of the 2015 Behavioral Health Leadership Development Program. This program is a component of Project LIFT (Leadership Initiatives for Tomorrow), a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) initiative that enhances the leadership and technical competencies of emerging behavioral health leaders. Jaimelee has become part of an interactive learning community, enhancing leadership competencies while learning about the policy and practice implications of health reform. She was one of 22 individuals from around the country selected for this program. She attended a 2-day seminar in Bethesda, MD, and is involved in monthly webinars and will be working with other program participants on a group leadership project.

Outstanding Graduate Student Researchers:

Members of our team have received awards for their research accomplishments.

In 2010, Eylin Palamaro Munsell, and then in 2011, Tanya Vishnevsky was awarded the Outstanding Student Research Scholar award in the Health Psychology Ph.D. program. More recently (2014), Kate Strater Hogan was presented the Outstanding Health Psychology Student Research award.

Undergraduate students working in our lab have also been recognized for their research products.  In 2012, Keyara Pierre-Louis was the Poster Award Winner for the Charlotte Research Scholars program, with her project Family Partner Involvement in Youth and Family Services: Effects of Pre-Engagement with Families and Child and Family Team Meeting Follow-Up. Keyara worked closely with our graduate student Kate Strater Hogan.  That same year, Nancy Kempa received honorable mention for her project  Relationship of crime within proximity to neighborhood features: Predicting crime hotspots in Reid Park. She worked closely with graduate student Taylor Bishop Scott.

In 2015, Kiersten McDonald received an Honorable Mention for her project

Meeting the needs of youth entering protective custody: Examining utilization of strengths within assessments, working closely with Kate Strater Hogan.

Students in the Community Psychology Learning Community presented a poster at the Service Learning Showcase at UNC Charlotte in May, 2014. The students (Kelsey Grant, Avonne Armbrister, Leo Garcia, April Kinton, Kimberly Allgeyer, and Jessica Sirekis), developed a poster that described their work with ParentVOICE to evaluate the Advocacy ‘n’ Action Forum, held on April 4th, 2014. The students, with support from faculty mentors Drs. Cook, Kilmer and Canevello, met with Candace Wilson and Kevin Markle of ParentVOICE to understand the purpose of the forum, and to develop a set of questions that could be used to evaluate the impact of the forum. Students attended and helped implement the forum, collected information about parents’ prior advocacy efforts, and followed up with participants to see if they put the strategies taught in the Forum into action.

Our Faculty:

In 2016, Ryan Kilmer was elected as President Elect of the American Orthopsychiatric Association (which will soon be formally renamed the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice).  Ryan will serve as president-elect for two years, president for 2 years, and then past president for another 2 years.  This international organization focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to behavioral health and social justice.

Also in 2016, Ryan Kilmer was named the fourth recipient of the Provost's Faculty Award for Community Engagement. This award was designed to honor a faculty member whose teaching, research, and service records “embody the University’s commitment to civic involvement, and whose work profoundly and systematically affects the relationship between UNC Charlotte and the larger community in a positive and meaningful way.”  

Provost Joan Lorden, Ryan Kilmer and Jim Cook, who presented the award.

Victoria Scott was presented the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) 2015 Early Career Award, in honor of “her commitment to developing and promoting the field of community psychology and her commitment to SCRA as an organization.” Her contributions include improving the capacity and performance of non-profit organizations and health and human service programs. Moreover, she has been a leader in community psychology practice, including helping establish a community psychology practice journal and co-editing a volume of the Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice on community psychology competencies.

Dr. Scott was also lead editor, along with Susan Wolfe, Ph.D., of the first book ever to delineate the range of competencies in community psychology practice, including their conceptual underpinnings and definitions, guidelines, and applications.  Her book, Community Psychology: Foundations for Practice, received the SCRA Don Klein Publication Award to Advance Community Psychology Practice in 2015, which was established “to encourage and acknowledge excellence in promoting the field and practice of community psychology through publications with strong dissemination potential across disciplinary lines.” 

Andrew Case was the 2015 recipient of the Society for Community Research and Action Emory L. Cowen Dissertation Award for the Promotion of Wellness, awarded to “the best dissertation identified on a topic relevant to positive well-being and the prevention of dysfunction.”  He was honored for his dissertation, More Than Meets the Eye: Exploring a Black Cultural Center as a Counterspace for African American College Students.  In the same year Dr. Case was awarded the American Orthopsychiatric Association’s Vera Paster Award, which “recognizes an outstanding graduate student or a post-doctoral resident or fellow in a mental health discipline for exemplary work in research and/or public service that promises to generate or apply knowledge that may contribute to the advancement or empowerment of people of color.”

Ryan Kilmer was the 2014 recipient of the Harshini V. de Silva Graduate Mentor Award. As co-director of the Community Psychology Research Lab, he has worked collaboratively with colleagues, graduate students and community partners on various grant-funded projects to improve the well-being of children and families in the greater Charlotte region. In presenting the honor, University leaders noted Kilmer’s mastery of mentoring and the importance of positive relationships between faculty and graduate students. In the words of one student in support of Kilmer’s nomination, “I personally witnessed and benefited from Dr. Kilmer’s tireless efforts to push his students to reach and exceed their goals. … He was undoubtedly one of the most sought-after mentors, a source of infectious enthusiasm and a model academician.”

See the university’s announcement of this award at: http://inside.uncc.edu/news-features/2014-02-19/2014-harshini-de-silva-award-presented-ryan-kilmer

At the North Carolina Campus Compact 2014 Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) Conference, Jim Cook was honored with the state-wide Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Award. This award "was created in 2006 to recognize a faculty member who has made significant contributions toward furthering the practice of service-learning. NC Campus Compact named the award in honor of Robert Sigmon, a native North Carolinian and a pioneer in service-learning."  Jim was nominated by the Provost's office, with supporting materials from colleagues on campus and in the community.

Bob Sigmon and Jim Cook at the PACE Conference, February 5, 2014.

In 2013, Jim Cook was awarded the first Provost's Faculty Award for Community Engagement. This award was designed to honor a faculty member whose teaching, research, and service records “embody the University’s commitment to civic involvement, and whose work profoundly and systematically affects the relationship between UNC Charlotte and the larger community in a positive and meaningful way.”  The Award is to recognize outstanding career achievement in 

  • Student engagement in the community;
  • Community-engaged research or creative scholarship; and/or
  • Public service

See the announcement of the award at: http://provost.uncc.edu/news/2013-09-26/cook-receives-1st-provost%E2%80%99s-faculty-award-community-engagement

Provost Joan Lorden, Jim Cook, Faculty President Eddy Souffrant, (Chancellor Phil Dubois in background)

In 2010, Jim Cook was elected the president of the Society for Community Research and Action, Division of Community Psychology, of the American Psychological Association.  He served as President-Elect in 2010-2011, president August of 2011 through August 2012, and past-president through August 2013.

In October, 2009, President Erskine Bowles presented to Jim Cook the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Public Service.

This award was created by the UNC Board of Governors to “encourage, identify, recognize and reward public service by faculty of the University”.  This is awarded annually to the faculty member in the UNC system who has demonstrated “sustained, distinguished, and superb achievement in university public service and outreach, and contributions to improving the quality of life of the citizens of North Carolina”.

Erskine Bowles and Jim Cook
Jim receiving the award from University of North Carolina In 2008, Ryan Kilmer was presented the Bonnie E. Cone Early-Career Professorship in Teaching in recognition of his outstanding achievement in teaching.  This honor is awarded annually, with a 3-year term.

Recent Funded Projects

Recent grants and contracts supporting the work of the Community Psychology Research Lab:

Title: Increasing the Capacity of Early Childhood Education Programs to Use Data to Improve Implementation and Evaluation, 2016-18, Award R305H160052.

Funding Source: US Department of Education, Institute of Educational Sciences

Role: Co-Principal Investigators (James R. Cook/Ryan P. Kilmer/ Lindsay Messinger)

Description: Building capacity in the Pre-Kindergarten program for collecting, managing and utilizing data; testing the impact of providing information about child social-emotional to teachers; developing and evaluating the impact of a pilot “enhanced coaching” model for the Bright Beginnings early childhood program.

 

Title: Evaluation of Bright Beginnings Pre-Kindergarten Program for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, 2013-14

Funding Source: Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Role: Co-Principal Investigators (Ryan P. Kilmer/James R. Cook)

Description: Evaluation contract to examine implementation and outcomes of the Bright Beginnings publicly-funded pre-kindergarten program. 

 

Title: A Multi-Method Evaluation of System of Care and Wraparound Implementation within Children's Services, 7/1/12-6/30/13

Funding Source: Mecklenburg County

Role: Co-Principal Investigators (Ryan P. Kilmer/James R. Cook)

Description: Evaluation contract with two foci: (1) continuing evaluation of the Reid Park Academy Initiative, a partnership involving multiple community agencies providing school-based wraparound to support children and families; and (2) evaluation of the training, coaching and care review processes designed to support wraparound implementation in Mecklenburg County. 

 

Title: Using a community based participatory research approach to examine family support, 6/1/09 – 5/31/12, Award 1R21MH083088-01A1

Funding Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Role:  Dual-Principal Investigator (Dual-PI: James R. Cook/Ryan P. Kilmer)

Description:  This project seeks to improve family functioning and reduce disparities in mental health services and outcomes through the development of a sustainable research partnership among multiple family support organizations and university researchers. It builds upon existing university-community partnerships to: (1) strengthen local infrastructure to support family support organizations and family members’ active involvement in community-based participatory research; and (2) utilize multiple methods to examine the impact of family support on child and family team meeting processes and child and family functioning, within both mental health and child welfare contexts.

 

Title:  Evaluation of Mecklenburg CARES, 7/1/06 - 6/30/12; in Year 7 of a multi-year effort

Funding Source: Mecklenburg County Area Mental Health  

Role: Co-Principal Investigators (PI: James R. Cook/Ryan P. Kilmer)

Description: Continuing evaluation of county system of care effort to better serve children with severe emotional disturbances and their families, with emphasis on the fidelity of implementation of the approach, system change, and child and family outcomes.

 

Title: Evaluation of On Ramp-MeckCARES Youth in Transition Project, 7/1/11 – 6/30/12

Funding Source: Mecklenburg County Area Mental Health

Role: Principal Investigator (Mason Haber)

Description: This project is a university-community collaboration to evaluate and conduct research related to a promising model for delivering services to youth with mental health conditions who are transitioning to adulthood, the Rehabilitation, Empowerment, Natural Supports, Education, and Work (RENEW) model. The project includes an outcomes evaluation, an assessment of fidelity of implementation of the RENEW model.

 

Title: Pilot Program to Evaluate and Improve Wraparound in Public Housing; 11/1/2011 – 7/30/2012

Funding Source: Charlotte Housing Authority

Role: Principal Investigators (James R. Cook/Ryan P. Kilmer)

Description: This project is a university-community collaboration to evaluate and provide detailed feedback to case managers regarding the implementation of wraparound, as implemented in a public housing neighborhood.

 

Title: Developing an Evaluation Plan for the Institute for Child Success 9/1/2011 – 12/30/2012

Funding Source: Institute for Child Success, Greenville, SC

Role: Principal Investigators (James R. Cook/Ryan P. Kilmer)

Description: This project involved the development of a logic model for the Institute, identification of indicators for evaluating its efforts, and a detailed plan for implementation of the evaluation.

Publications from work in the Community Psychology Research Lab since 2007 include:

Note: ** indicates UNC Charlotte graduate student

Gil-Rivas, V., Kilmer, R.P., Larson, J.C.**, & Armstrong, L.M. (in press).  Facilitating successful reintegration: Attending to the needs of military families. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 86.

Cook, J. R. & Nation, M. (2016). Community engagement: Universities’ roles in building communities and strengthening democracy. Community Development, doi.org/10.1080/15575330.2016.1226912.

Hunter, C. D., Case, A. D., Joseph, N., Bokhari, E. (2016). Race-related stress and depression in Black Caribbean Americans: What is the role of shared racial fate and connection with African Americans? Advance Online Publication

Carney, P.A., Crites, G.E., Miller, K.H., Haight, M., Stefanidis, D., Cichoskikelly, E., Price, D.W., Akinola, M.O., Scott, V.C., Kalishman, S. (2016). Building and executing a research agenda toward conducting implementation science in medical education. Medical Education Online, 21:32405.

Gil-Rivas, V. & Kilmer, R.P. (2016). Building capacity and fostering community resilience. Journal of Clinical Psychology. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22281

Hayes, H., Scott, V., Scaccia, J., Abraczinskas, M., Stout, S., Wandersman, A. (2016). A formative multi-method approach to evaluating training. Evaluation and Program Planning, 58, 199-207.

Palamaro-Munsell, E.**, Kilmer, R.P., Vishnevsky, T.**, Cook, J.R., & Markley, L.M.** (2016). Practical disadvantage, socioeconomic status, and psychological well-being within families of children with severe emotional disturbance. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25, 2832-2842. DOI: 10.1007/s10826-016-0449-y

Abraczinskas, M.**, Kilmer, R.P., Haber, M.G., Cook, J.R., & Zarrett, N. (2016). Effects of extracurricular participation on the internalizing problems and intrapersonal strengths of youth in a system of care. American Journal of Community Psychology, 57, 308-319. DOI: 10.1002/ajcp.12048

Hammond, F. M., Davis, C., Cook, J. R., Philbrick, P. & Hirsch, M. A. (2016). A conceptual model of irritability following traumatic brain injury: A qualitative, participatory research study. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 31(2). doi: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000136

Vishnevsky, T.**, Quinlan, M., Cann, A., Kilmer, R.P., & Danhauer, S. (2015). The keepers of stories: A grounded theory study of posttraumatic growth in a sample of oncology nurses. Journal of Holistic Nursing.

Kilmer, J.R., Kilmer, R.P., & Grossberg, P.M. (2014). The role of media on adolescent substance use: Implications for patient visits. Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews, 25,684-697.

Kilmer, R.P., Gil-Rivas, V., Griese, B., Hardy, S.J.**, Hafstad, G.S., & Alisic, E. (2014). Posttraumatic growth in children and youth: Clinical implications of an emerging research literature. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 84, 506-518.

Cook, J. R. (2014). Using Evaluation to Effect Social Change: Looking Through a Community Psychology Lens. American Journal of Evaluation, DOI: 10.1177/1098214014558504.

Bishop**, J. T., Abraczinskas**, M., Johnson**, V. A., Cook, J. R., Kilmer, R. P. & Daniels, E. N. (2014). Building capacity in child welfare to screen for mental health challenges: Lessons learned.  Progress in Community Health Partnerships.

Blanchard, A. L. & Cook, J. R. (2013). Virtual learning communities centered within a discipline: Future directions. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 132, 85-94.

Gil-Rivas, V., & Kilmer, R. P. (2013). Children's adjustment following Hurricane Katrina: The role of primary caregivers. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 83,413–421. doi:10.1111/ajop.12016

Kilmer, R.P., Cook, J.R., Crusto, C., Strater**, K.P., & Haber, M.G. (2012). Understanding the ecology and development of children and families experiencing homelessness: Implications for practice, supportive services, and policy. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82, 389-401. DOI 10.1111/j.1939-0025.2012.01160.x

Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (Eds.). (2012). Systems Change in Systems of Care. [Special Issue]. American Journal of Community Psychology, 49, 393-587.

Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (2012). Systems of Care: New partnerships for community psychology. American Journal of Community Psychology, 49, 393-403. DOI 10.1007/s10464-012-9516-8

Kilmer, R.P., & Cook, J.R. (2012). Moving forward with Systems of Care: Needs and new directions. American Journal of Community Psychology, 49, 580-587. DOI 10.1007/s10464-012-9513-y

Haber, M.G., Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (2012). Perceptions of wraparound processes by youth versus other team members: Associations with age and implications for implementation with transition-age youth. American Journal of Community Psychology, 49,454-466. DOI 10.1007/s10464-012-9490-1

Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (2012).  Creating successful partnerships using applied community psychology research. Living Knowledge: International Journal of Community Based Research, 10,16-17.

Strater**, K.P., Strompolis**, M., Kilmer, R.P., & Cook, J.R. (2012). Self-reported needs of youth and families: Informing system change and advocacy efforts. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice, 2 (3), 1-8. Accessible from: http://www.gjcpp.org/

Palamaro Munsell**, E., Kilmer, R.P., Cook, J.R., & Reeve, C.L. (2012). The effects of caregiver social connectedness on caregiver, child, and family well-being. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82, 137-145. DOI: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.2011.01129.x

Vishnevsky**, T., Strompolis**, M., Reeve, C.L., Kilmer, R.P., & Cook, J.R. (2012).   Using latent growth curve modeling to examine changes in mental health outcomes for children enrolled in a system of care. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82, 121-128. DOI: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.2011.01131.x

Strompolis**, M., Vishnevsky**, T., Reeve, C.L., Cook, J.R., Kilmer, R.P., & Palamaro Munsell**, E. (2012).  Impact of services on educational outcomes for children enrolled in a system of care. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82, 129-136. DOI: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.2011.01126.x

Palamaro Munsell**, E., Cook, J.R., Kilmer, R.P.., Vishnevsky**, T., & Strompolis**, M. (2011). The impact of child and family team composition on Wraparound fidelity: Examining links between team attendance consistency and functioning. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 20, 771-781. DOI: 10.1007/s10826-011-9444-5

Kilmer, R.P., Cook, J.R., Palamaro Munsell**, E., & Kane Salvador**, S. (2010). Factors associated with positive adjustment in siblings of children with severe emotional disturbance: The roles of family resources and community life. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 80, 473-481. PMC ID: PMC3072146. DOI: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.2010.01050.x

Kilmer, R.P., Cook, J.R., & Palamaro Munsell**, E. (2010). Moving from principles to practice: Recommended policy changes to promote family-centered care. American Journal of Community Psychology, 332-341. PMC ID: PMC3072147. DOI 10.1007/s10464-010-9350-9

Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (2010). Defining the scope of Systems of Care: An ecological perspective. Evaluation and Program Planning, 33, 18-20. DOI:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2009.05.006

Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (2010). The importance of context in fostering responsive community systems: Supports for families in systems of care. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 80, 115-123. DOI: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.2010.01014.x

Kilmer, R.P., Cook, J.R., Taylor**, C.M., Kane**, S.F., & Clark**, L.Y. (2008). Siblings of children with severe emotional disturbances: Risks, resources, and adaptation. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 78, 1-10. R PMC ID: PMC2692691. DOI: 10.1037/0002-9432.78.1.1

Note: This paper was selected by the editor as “Lead Article” for the journal and was nominated and approved for designation as a Continuing Education/Continuing Medical Education opportunity.

Cook, J. R. & Tedeschi, R. T. (2007).  Systems of care and the integrative clinician:  A look into the future of psychotherapy.  Journal of Integrative Psychotherapy, 17, 139 –158.

Conference Presentations since 2010

[Note: ** indicates UNC Charlotte graduate student, * indicates undergraduate or post-bac]

Case, A. D. & Kaufman, J. S. (July, 2016). Catalyzing multilevel transformation using CBPR in a community mental health center. Presented at the 4th Biennial American Psychological Association Division 45 Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race Research Conference, Palo Alto, CA.

Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (June, 2016). Building capacity for collaborative research and practice among students and community partners. Presented at the 7th Living Knowledge Conference, Dublin Ireland.

Scott, V., Wandersman, A., Bastien, G., Wrenn, G. (March, 2016). Readiness for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care. Presented at the 29th Annual Research & policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, Tampa, FL.

Case, A. (February, 2016). Toward and empowerment model of intervening with minority youth at risk for juvenile justice involvement. Presented at the 29th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, Tampa, FL

Scott**, J.T.B., Mihalski**, J., Hogan**, K.S., Larson**, J., Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (November, 2015). Refining a standard measure of preschool quality to predict improvements supporting school readiness. Paper presented at Evaluation 2015, the Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association, Chicago, IL.

Alia, K. & Scott, V. (November, 2015). Translating Program Theory into Implementation and Evaluation Across Multiple Systems: Using FORECAST in the SCALE Project.  Presented at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association Conference, Chicago, IL.

Scott**, J.T.B., Haber, M.G., Kilmer, R.P., & Cook, J.R. (November, 2015). Accounting for service discharge in a community-based program evaluation. Poster presented at Evaluation 2015, the Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association, Chicago, IL.

Godly-Reynolds, E.** & Scott, V. (October, 2015). “Hot Topic” in American education: Can Community Psychologist help? Presented at the Southeastern Ecological Community Conference, Charlotte, NC.

Case, A. D. & Behrendt-Mihalski,** J.(October, 2015). On learning how to relearn: Cultural humility in participatory evaluation. Southeastern ECO Conference, Charlotte, NC.

Scott**, J.T.B., Kilmer, R.P., & Cook, J.R. (October, 2015). How natural environments may promote child well-being and success via stress reduction. Paper presented at Southeastern Ecological-Community Psychology Conference, Charlotte, NC.

Larson**, J.C., Behrendt-Mihalski**, J.M., Gadaire**, A., Bishop Scott**, J.T., Kilmer, R.P., & Cook, J.R. (October, 2015). Facilitating student engagement in the community: Strategies, overcoming barriers, and positive implications. Roundtable discussion presented at Southeastern Ecological-Community Psychology Conference, Charlotte, NC.

Larson**, J. C., Bishop Scott**, J. T., Tynan**, J. M., Mihalski**, J. L., Hogan**, K. S., Kilmer, R. P., & Cook, J. R (2015, June). Methodology of a publicly funded pre-kindergarten program evaluation: A partnership approach. In J. C. Larson (Chair), A partnership approach to evaluating a publicly funded pre-kindergarten program: Key findings and action steps. Symposium conducted at the 15th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Lowell, MA.

Mihalski**, J. L., Bishop Scott**, J. T., Tynan**, J. M., Larson**, J. C., Hogan**, K. S., Cook, J. R, & Kilmer, R. P. (2015, June). Key findings: Connecting the dots between the pre-kindergarten classroom processes, parent involvement, and students’ performance. In J. C. Larson (Chair), A partnership approach to evaluating a publicly funded pre-kindergarten program: Key findings and action steps. Symposium conducted at the 15th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Lowell, MA.

Tynan**, J. M., Larson**, J. C., Mihalski**, J. L., Bishop Scott**, J. T., Hogan**, K. S., Cook, J. R, & Kilmer, R. P. (2015, June). Translating research into action: Successes and barriers enacting recommendations within a school system.  In J. C. Larson (Chair), A partnership approach to evaluating a publicly funded pre-kindergarten program: Key findings and action steps. Symposium conducted at the 15th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Lowell, MA.

Scott**, J. T., Buckingham, S., Mihalski**, J., Kilmer, R.P., Cook, J.R., Strompolis, M., & Kingston, S. (2015). Bridging the research and policy gap through efforts to mobilize professional communities. Roundtable discussion at the 15th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Lowell, MA.

Tynan**, J.M., Hogan**, K.S., Bishop Scott**, J. T., Kilmer, R.P. & Cook, J.R. (2015, June). Strategies for community-university partnerships in applied research and evaluation. In K.S. Hogan (Chair), Creating capacity: Community-university partnerships as co-learning experiences. Symposium presented at the 15th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Lowell, MA.

Scott, V., & Meissen, G.  (June, 2015). Community Psychologists as Natural Leaders in the Non-profit World. Presented at the 15th Biennial Conference for the Society for Community Research and Action, Lowell, MA.

Hill, J., & Scott, V. (June, 2015).  Do More Online: A Hands-on Skill-Building Session Covering Community Psychology Social Media, Videos and SCRA Website.  Presented at the 15th Biennial Conference for the Society for Community Research and Action, Lowell, MA.

Hill, J., Zimmerman, L., & Scott, V. (June, 2015).  Introducing SCRA’s Online Initiatives. Presented at the 15th Biennial Conference for the Society for Community Research and Action, Lowell, MA.

Zimmerman, L., Luis, C., Hill, J., Scott, V. (June, 2015).  The Future of SCRA’s Online Initiatives. Presented at the 15th Biennial Conference for the Society for Community Research and Action, Lowell, MA.

Hogan**, K.S., Johnson**, V.A., Kilmer, R.P. & Cook, J.R (2015). Achieving organizational change through community-university partnerships. In K.S. Hogan (Chair), Creating capacity: Community-university partnerships as co-learning experiences. Symposium presented at the 15th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Lowell, MA.

Kilmer, R.P., & Cook, J.R. (June, 2015). Facilitating student learning and sparking community change: How to develop and sustain successful community-university partnerships. In K.S. Hogan (Chair), Creating capacity: Community-university partnerships as co-learning experiences. Symposium presented at the 15th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Lowell, MA.

Kilmer, R.P., & Gil-Rivas, V. (November, 2014). Posttraumatic growth in children and youth: Findings to date and unanswered questions. In L. Nelson (Chair), Posttraumatic growth: An ecological developmental approach to pediatric posttrauma adaptation. Symposium panel presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Miami, Fl.

Gil-Rivas, V., & Kilmer, R.P. (November, 2014). Caregiving and children’s adjustment following trauma: Practice implications. In L. Nelson (Chair), Posttraumatic growth: An ecological developmental approach to pediatric posttrauma adaptation. Symposium panel presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Miami, Fl.

Mihalski**, J., Bishop Scott**, J.T., Strater Hogan**, K., Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (October, 2014). Examining the relationship between teachers' behaviors and students' socio-emotional competencies. Paper presented at Southeastern Ecological-Community Psychology Conference at McCormick, SC.

Billingsley*, J., Tynan**, J.M., Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (October, 2014). The indirect influence of parent participation on pre-kindergarten children’s social-emotional functioning and language development.  In J.M. Tynan (Chair), Relationships among socio-demographic characteristics, parent perceptions and involvement, and student functioning in families involved in pre-kindergarten. Symposium conducted at the Southeastern Ecological-Community Psychology Conference, McCormick, SC.

Larson*, J., Bishop Scott**, J.T., Kilmer, R.P., & Cook, J.R. (October, 2014). Pre-K academic achievement & home neighborhood characteristics: Nature exposure and residential density. In J.M. Tynan (Chair), Relationships among socio-demographic characteristics, parent perceptions and involvement, and student functioning in families involved in pre-kindergarten. Symposium conducted at the Southeastern Ecological-Community Psychology Conference, McCormick, SC.

Matson*, C.M., Bishop Scott**, J.T., Tynan**, J.M., Kilmer, R.P., & Cook, J.R. (October, 2014). Understanding the role of ethnicity and home language for Hispanic and non-Hispanic preschoolers. In J.M. Tynan (Chair), Relationships among socio-demographic characteristics, parent perceptions and involvement, and student functioning in families involved in pre-kindergarten. Symposium conducted at the Southeastern Ecological-Community Psychology Conference, McCormick, SC

Tynan**, J.M., Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (October, 2014). Understanding the role of home language for parent participation in pre-k: An assessment of English and Spanish speaking families. In J.M. Tynan (Chair), Relationships among socio-demographic characteristics, parent perceptions and involvement, and student functioning in families involved in pre-kindergarten. Symposium conducted at the Southeastern Ecological-Community Psychology Conference, McCormick, SC.

Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (April, 2014). Using 5Win strategies to build strong community-university partnerships. Paper presented at the 6th Living Knowledge Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Abraczinskas**, M., Haber, M.G., Kilmer, R.P., & Cook, J.R. (March, 2014). Extracurricular activity involvement and youth functioning in a system of care. Poster presented at the 27th Annual Mental Health Research and Policy Conference, Tampa, FL. 

Davis, C. S., Tapp, H., Dulin, M., Hammond, F., Hirch, M. A., Cook, J. R., Hernandez de Urquita, B., Smith, H., Furuseth, O., Brucato, J., Tyson, A., & Jilg, A. (November 2013). Measuring Fidelity to Community Based Participatory Research: Evaluating the CBPR-ness of a Community Advisory Board. Applied Communication Division, National Communication Association annual convention, Washington, D. C.

Gil-Rivas, V., & Kilmer, R.P. (November, 2013). Children's adjustment following Hurricane Katrina: The role of primary caregivers. Paper presented at the 30th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Philadelphia, PA.

Johnson**, V. A., Bishop**, J. T., Laporte**, T., Strater**, K. P., Tynan**, J., Cook, J. R. & Kilmer, R. P.  (June, 2013). Student-community evaluation partnerships: A graduate student perspective on how both parties can thrive. Roundtable discussion presented at the Society for Community Research and Action’s 14th Biennial Conference, Miami, FL.

Fowler, P.J. (Chair), Connell, C.M., Huang, C.Y., Motley, M.A., Chavira, D., & Kilmer, R.P. (Discussant). (June, 2013). Adolescents involved with Child Protection Services: Longitudinal analyses of child, family, and contextual risks. Symposium presented at the Society for Community Research and Action’s 14th Biennial Conference, Miami, FL.

Kilmer, R.P., Cook, J.R., & Brookins, K.C.C.  (June, 2013). Facilitating student participation in service learning and applied research-based partnerships: Developing the capacity of a next generation of professional partners. Roundtable presented at the 2013 Community-University Expo: Engaging Shared Words. Cornerbrook, NL, Canada.

Johnson**, V. A., Bishop**, J. T., Cook, J. R., & Kilmer, R. P. (2012, October). The Utilization of Social Network Analysis in Community Psychology. Paper presented at the Southestern Ecological and Community Psychology Conference.

 Bishop**, J. T., Johnson**, V. A., Cook, J. R., & Kilmer, R. P. (2012, October). Utilization of Geographic Information Systems in Community Psychology. Presented at the Southeastern Ecological and Community Psychology Conference.

 Duindam, H.M., Strater**, K.P., Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (2012, October). The utilization of Qualitative Research Methods in Community Psychology. Presented at the Southeastern Ecological and Community Psychology Conference.

 Rzajeva, O., Bishop**, J.T., Kilmer, R.P., & Cook, J.R. (2012, October). The Role of Support within Systems of Care. Presented at the Southeastern Ecological and Community Psychology Conference.

 Mason, R., Bishop**, J.T., Cook, J.R., Kilmer, R.P. (2012, October). The Role of Support within Systems of Care: Caregiver Support and Youth Functioning. Presented at the Southeastern Ecological and Community Psychology Conference.

 Pierre –Louis, K.S., Strater**, K.P., Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (2012, October). Child and Family Team Composition: Informal Supports and Perceptions of Engagement and Team Functioning from Youth and Caregivers. Presented at the Southeastern Ecological and Community Psychology Conference.

Kilmer, R.P., Gil-Rivas, V., Cook, J.R., & Crusto, C.A. (June, 2012). Using community psychology values to improve services and supports for children exposed to trauma. Paper to be presented at the 4th International Conference of Community Psychology, Barcelona, Spain.

Palamaro Munsell**, E., Kilmer, R.P., Quinlan, M., Cook, J.R., & Wierzalis, E. (June, 2012). Punk rock values: An exploration of Do-It-Yourself in a music-based subculture. Paper to be presented at the 4th International Conference of Community Psychology, Barcelona, Spain.

Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (May, 2012). Creating successful mutual learning partnerships through applied community psychology research. Paper presented at the 5th Living Knowledge Conference, Bonn, Germany.

Abraczinskas**, M., Bishop**, J., Johnson**, V., Cook, J.R., Kilmer, R.P., Michaels, T., Daniels, E. (April, 2012). Collaboration, data sharing, and integration within community-university partnerships: Building capacity within Child Protective Services to screen and refer children with mental health challenges. Poster presented at the 15th Annual Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Conference, Houston, TX.

Burgin**, E., Bishop**, J., Wilson, C., Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (April, 2012). Collaboration, data sharing, and integration within community-university partnerships: Examination of the impact of family advocacy organization in a system of care. Poster presented at the 15th Annual Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Conference, Houston, TX.

Johnson*, T., Burgin**, E., Markle, K., Wilson, C., Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (April, 2012). Collaboration, data sharing, and integration within community-university partnerships: Lessons learned from youth visual narrative about life with mental illness. Poster presented at the 15th Annual Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Conference, Houston, TX.

Johnson**, V.A., Dashiell**, J., Cook, J.R., Kilmer, R. P., & Lovato**, L. (April, 2012). Collaboration, data sharing, and integration within community-university partnerships: Evaluating family support programs. Poster presented at the 15th Annual Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Conference, Houston, TX.

Johnson**, V.A., Strompolis, M., Bishop, T., Kilmer, R.P., & Cook, J.R. (March, 2012). Using profiles of youth adjustment to examine service utilization and satisfaction. Paper presented at the 4th Annual Greenville Family Symposium: An International Symposium: Children, Families, and Society: A Half Century of Change. Greenville, SC.

Haber, M.G., Malloy, J., & Burgess, C.B.** (2012, March). The development of social capital and social networks among transitioning youth in RENEW programs: Two perspectives. Paper presented at the 25th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference. Tampa, FL.

Malloy, J., Haber, M.G., & Cormier, G. (2012, March). Fifteen years of RENEW: The development, implementation, and outcomes of a wraparound intervention for transition-age youth. Paper presented at the 25th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference. Tampa, FL.

Bishop**, T., Abraczinskas**, M., Johnson**, V., Cook, J.R. Kilmer, R.P., & Lovato**, L. (October, 2011). Building child welfare’s capacity to screen for behavioral and emotional difficulties among children and youth. Poster presented at the Southeastern Ecological-Community Psychology Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Burgin**, E., Johnson,** V., Johnson*, T., Wilson, C., Markle, K., Cook, J,R., & Kilmer, R.P. (October, 2011). Digital storytelling: Translating the photovoice method into a 21st-century empowerment tool. Paper presented at the Southeastern Ecological-Community Psychology Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Dashiell**, J., Johnson,** V., Burgin**, E., Cook, J,R., & Kilmer, R.P. (October, 2011). Examination of the impact of family support on youth placement and case closure for YFS families. Paper presented at the Southeastern Ecological-Community Psychology Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Ford*, A., Johnson**, V., Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (October, 2011). The role of family support: Examining child and family team functioning. Poster presented at the Southeastern Ecological-Community Psychology Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Burgess, C.B.**, LaPorte, T.**, & Haber, M.G. (2011, October). Support network changes among transitioning youth with mental health challenges in a RENEW program. Paper presentation at the 2011 Southeastern Ecological and Community Psychology Conference, Atlanta, GA.

LaPorte, T.**,  Thompson, K.**, & Haber, M.G. (2011, October). Futures Ready Workshops: An evaluation of a unique service for transition-age youth, their families, and service providers. Paper presentation at the 2011 Southeastern Ecological and Community Psychology Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Strompolis**, M., Kilmer, R.P., Haber, M.G., & Cook, J.R. (June, 2011). Impact of integrated health care on appointment logistics, staff efficacy, and client satisfaction. Poster to be presented at the 13th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Chicago, IL.

Johnson**, V.A., Kilmer, R.P., Cook, J.R., Wilson, C.A., & Lott, F.M. (June, 2011). Geographic Information Systems: A pathway for guiding mental health service delivery and support. Poster to be presented at the 13th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Chicago, IL.

Johnson**, V.A., Vishnevsky**, T., Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (June, 2011). Our lives in pictures: A Photo Voice project of youth with mental health issues. Paper to be presented at the 13th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Chicago, IL.

Strompolis**, M., Strater**, K.P., Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (June, 2011). Self-reported needs of children and families enrolled in a system of care: Informing system change and advocacy efforts. Paper to be presented at the 13th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Chicago, IL.

Cook, J.R., Lott, F., Kilmer, R.P., & Wilson, C.A.  (May, 2011). Developing an evaluation partnership: Building capacity to collect, manage and utilize data. Roundtable  presented at CU Expo 2011: Community-University Partnerships: Bringing Global Perspectives to Local Action, Waterloo Region, On.

Palamaro Munsell**, E., Kilmer, R.P., Cook, J.R., & Reeve, C.L. (April, 2011). The effects of caregiver social connectedness on caregiver, child, and family well-being. Paper presented at the 3rd Annual Greenville Family Symposium: An International Symposium: The Quest for Health and Community: Democracy, Spirituality, and Neighborly Caring, Greenville, SC.

Abraczinskas**, M., Huggins**, S., Haber, M.G., Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (April, 2011). Neighborhood quality of life at micro and macro levels and families' experiences of social capital in a system of care. Paper presented at the 3rd Annual Greenville Family Symposium: An International Symposium: The Quest for Health and Community: Democracy, Spirituality, and Neighborly Caring, Greenville, SC.

Burgin**, E., Johnson**, V.A., Kitts*, K., Dentamo*, H., Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (April, 2011). Neighborhood quality and its association with outcomes for youth in a system of care. Paper presented at the 3rd Annual Greenville Family Symposium: An International Symposium: The Quest for Health and Community: Democracy, Spirituality, and Neighborly Caring, Greenville, SC.

Strompolis**, M., Vishnevsky**, T., Reeve, C.L., Cook, J.R., Kilmer, R.P., & Palamaro Munsell**, E. (April, 2011). Impact of services on educational outcomes for children enrolled in a system of care. Paper presented at the 3rd Annual Greenville Family Symposium: An International Symposium: The Quest for Health and Community: Democracy, Spirituality, and Neighborly Caring, Greenville, SC.

Vishnevsky**, T., Strompolis**, M., Reeve, C.L., Kilmer, R.P., & Cook, J.R. (April, 2011). Using latent growth curve modeling to examine changes in mental health outcomes for children enrolled in a system of care. Paper presented at the 3rd Annual Greenville Family Symposium: An International Symposium: The Quest for Health and Community: Democracy, Spirituality, and Neighborly Caring, Greenville, SC.

Palamaro Munsell**, E., Strompolis**, M., Burgin**, E., Dashiell**, J., Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (March, 2011). Associations between frequent residential mobility and adjustment among youth enrolled in a system of care. Paper presented at the 24th Annual Mental Health Research and Policy Conference, Tampa, FL.

Johnson**, V.A., Bishop**, J.T., Malo, A., Lott, F.M., Wilson, C.A., Kilmer, R.P., & Cook, J.R. (March, 2011). Assessing the impact of family support programming in a system of care: Associations between type and intensity of support provided and family outcomes. Poster presented at the 24th Annual Mental Health Research and Policy Conference, Tampa, FL.

Cates, S., Haber, M.G., Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (November, 2010). Stigma, strain, and social support among African American versus other families in systems of care. Poster presented at the 2010 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Charlotte, NC.

Vishnevsky**, T., McDonald**, L., Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (October, 2010).  Examining longitudinal outcomes among youth and caregivers in a system of care. Paper presented at the Southeastern Ecological-Community Psychology Conference, Charlotte, NC.

Strater**, K.P., Johnson**, V., Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (October, 2010). Social support and mental health outcomes among youth and caregivers in a system of care. Paper presented at the Southeastern Ecological-Community Psychology Conference, Charlotte, NC.

Abraczinskas**, M., Huggins**, S., Burgin**, E., Kitts*, K., Dentamo*, H., Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (October, 2010). Micro level neighborhood assessment and how it compares to neighborhood statistical area (NSA) classification. Poster presented at the Southeastern Ecological-Community Psychology Conference, Charlotte, NC.

Burgin**, E., Johnson**, V., Dentamo*, H., Kitts*, K., Cook, J.R., Kilmer, R.P., & Palamaro Munsell**, E. (October, 2010). Residential mobility of families in a system of care: Associations among demographics, family strain, and social connections. Poster presented at the Southeastern Ecological-Community Psychology Conference, Charlotte, NC.

*** The above poster was selected as the outstanding student poster at the conference.

Dashiell**, J., Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (October, 2010). Training case managers to facilitate child and family team meetings: Does it matter?  Poster presented at the Southeastern Ecological-Community Psychology Conference, Charlotte, NC.

Jones**, A., Strompolis**, M., Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (October, 2010). Parental self-reported needs of children and families enrolled in a system of care.  Poster presented at the Southeastern Ecological-Community Psychology Conference, Charlotte, NC.

Kilmer, R.P. (October, 2010). Invited facilitator, Putting applied research into action.  Roundtable discussion presented at the Southeastern Ecological-Community Psychology Conference, Charlotte, NC.

Kilmer, R.P., & Gil-Rivas, V. (August, 2010). Hurricane Katrina’s lessons: Highlighting the need for an ecological-developmental approach. Paper presented at the 118th annual convention of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA.

Kilmer, R.P., Cook, J.R., Palamaro Munsell**, E., & Lovato**, L. (June, 2010). Recommended changes to policy and system function: Supporting prevention initiatives in Systems of Care. Poster presented at the 18th annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research, Denver, CO. 

Kilmer, R.P., Palamaro Munsell**, E., Cook, J.R., & Kane Salvador**, S. (April, 2010). Factors associated with positive adjustment in siblings of children with severe emotional disturbance: The roles of family resources and community life. Paper presented at the 2nd Annual Greenville Family Symposium: An International Symposium: Toward Inclusive Communities for Children and Families, Greenville, SC.

Clark, L.Y., Kilmer, R.P., Cook, J.R., & Loftis, B. (April, 2010). Early steps in catalyzing change: Working to improve community-wide indicators of child well-being. Paper presented at the 2nd Annual Greenville Family Symposium: An International Symposium:  Toward Inclusive Communities for Children and Families, Greenville, SC.

Haber, M.G., Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (April, 2010). Relationships between social connectedness, caregiver strain, and youth outcomes in systems of care. Paper presented at the 2nd Annual Greenville Family Symposium: An International Symposium:  Toward Inclusive Communities for Children and Families, Greenville, SC.

Hemphill**, B., Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (March, 2010). Child and family team processes as predictors of changes in youth functioning. Paper presented at the 23rd Annual Mental Health Research and Policy Conference, Tampa, FL.

Haber, M., Cook, J.R., Kilmer, R.P., & Hemphill**, B. (March, 2010). Relationships of child and family team meeting processes to initial and long-term changes in youth functioning. Paper presented at the 23rd Annual Mental Health Research and Policy Conference, Tampa, FL.

Haber, M., Cook, J.R., Kilmer, R.P., & Hemphill**, B. (March, 2010). Wraparound child and family team processes among transitioning youth. Paper presented at the 23rd Annual Mental Health Research and Policy Conference, Tampa, FL.

Lovato**, L., Strater**, K., Cook, J.R., & Kilmer, R.P. (March, 2010). Examining social connectedness in a system of care.  Poster presented at the 23rd Annual Mental Health Research and Policy Conference, Tampa, FL.

Palamaro Munsell**, E., Strompolis**, M., Cook, J.R., Kilmer, R.P., & Vishnevsky**, T. (March, 2010).  The impact of child and family team composition on perceptions of team functioning. Poster presented at the 23rd Annual Mental Health Research and Policy Conference, Tampa, FL.