IDARP: Innovation Diffusion and Adoption Research Project < Click here for more info

As part of its Quality Agenda, the Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH) is facilitating the adoption and assimilation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) by behavioral healthcare providers through the creation of Coordinating Centers of Excellence (CCOE). This longitudinal study is examining factors and processes that are expected to explain adoption and assimilation of these practices. The project is funded by the ODMH and the MacArthur Network.

DSS and ODMH project staff and consultants include: Phyllis Panzano, Dee Roth, Dushka Crane-Ross, Bev Seffrin, Sheri Chaney, Sheayuen Yeo, Vandana Vaidyanathan, Carol Carstens, Rick Massatti and Paul Nutt.

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Job Design < Click here for more info

The main goal of this study is to evaluate the extent to which the Job Characteristics Model (JCM) (Hackman & Oldham, 1976), the most widely-studied approach to motivational job design, can be used to understand and improve the experience of work for adults with limited work experience and/or psychological and other disabilities. The Job Profile Model (JPM) and its companion instrument, the Job Profile Questionnaire (JPQ™), tailor the JCM to these populations. Findings are expected to have utility for improving work-related outcomes for these adults.

Project staff and consultants include: Phyllis Panzano, Bev Seffrin, Sheri Chaney, Sheayuen Yeo, Pud Baird, Bob Billings, Jim Austin, Ryan Fillmann, Craig Gebers, Doug Bailey (ODMH) and Jessica Vines-Ritchey

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Cluster Based Planning < Click here for more info

It is generally acknowledged that the population of adults with severe mental disabilities (SMD) is heterogeneous. In fact, an extensive program of research conducted in Ohio over more than a decade identified five core clusters of adults who share common strengths, problems, treatment histories, and life situations (Rubin & Panzano, Psychiatric Services, April 2002, 53:4, pages 450-457). This research tests the efficacy of service models that were developed by expert workgroups for two of the clusters within the broader population.

Project staff and consultants include: Bill Rubin, Phyllis Panzano, David Granger, Emily Bunt, Janice Ossa, Alex Ossa, Liza Vidal, Jim Schwartz and George Sheppard.

Risky Decision Making < Click here for more info

A field study involving fifty organizations investigated whether risk perception and risk propensity mediated the effects of problem framing and inertia on risk taking. At the organizational-level, five of seven direct effect hypotheses and both hypotheses predicting mediation were supported using an objective measure of risk taking.

To Sue or Not To Sue < Click here for more info

The stances taken by 48 Community Mental Health Boards (plaintiff, non-party, intervenor, defendant) in a lawsuit against the mental health department were conceptualized as levels of resistance to institutional pressure. An expanded strategic issue diagnosis model (context --> frames --> working relationships --> organizational resistance) was used to explain this unusual interorganizational response.



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