Current Contracts and Grants

Fairfax Consortium for Evidence-Based Practice: A Training Collaborative

Dates of Contract: 10/1/17-9/30/20

Total Costs: $598,393

Role: PI

Co-Investigator: Keith Renshaw, Ph.D.

Aim: To establish a GMU training consortium, in partnership with Healthy Minds Fairfax (Fairfax-Falls Church Behavioral Health System of Care for Children, Youth and Families Office) and the Inova Kellar Center (Inova Healthcare System), for ongoing training for behavioral health providers and staff from Fairfax County Health and Human Service Agencies, Fairfax County Public Schools, and Private Provider Networks. Grounded in dissemination and implementation science, the primary research aims of this consortium are to: refine our existing evidence-based transdiagnostic treatment protocols (for suicidal behavior and other mental health conditions), with heavy stakeholder involvement, to improve acceptability to clinicians, feasibility of delivery, and associated improvement in client outcomes; develop supplemental web-based materials (e.g., podcasts of role-plays for each skill) to facilitate clinician learning and uptake; develop an outcome evaluation system that monitors consortium effectiveness, training effectiveness, clinical staff effectiveness, and client outcomes; develop competency-based assessments of therapist skill to measure skill acquisition; and develop a clinician recruitment and retention protocol.


Inova Kellar Center Clinical Research Service Contract

Dates of Contract: 6/7/16-6/6/20

Total Costs: $431,169

Role: PI

Aim: The purpose of this contract is to help the Inova Kellar Center (part of the Inova Healthcare System) develop and implement web-based routine outcomes monitoring, also known as measurement-based care (MBC), in collaboration with OWL Insights, LLC. The Kellar Center provides behavioral health treatment to children, adolescents, and their families, and offers a full continuum of services including partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, intensive home-based services, outpatient, medication management, psychiatric evaluations, psychological testing, and a therapeutic school. Use of MBC will allow the Kellar Center to use client self-report data, collected via empirically validated assessments, to guide treatment and discharge planning, monitor client progress, evaluate the efficacy of all services, and address accreditation requirements. These data will also be used to prepare research papers and provide pilot data for grant applications.