Current Research Projects

Current Research Projects

PCORI: Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute awarded Felton Institute with a $1.5 to fund a 3 year research project.

Dates for which Grant is funded: July 1, 2013-June 30, 2016

Co-Principle Investigators: Dr. Joyce Chu at Palo Alto University, California, and Dr. Alya Reeve at University New Mexico, Albuquerque New Mexico.

FSA has partnered with senior faculty from the University of New Mexico to serve as independent researchers for this study. The primary goal of the study is to investigate the implementation and effectiveness of the mPOWR in diverse urban and rural community mental health settings.

The results stand to validate the use of consumer feedback and shared decision making with care managers of mental health services, thereby extending the reach and benefit of these evidence-based strategies to a much broader, more diverse patient population with chronic needs.

The results also stand to validate and reinforce the use of assessment instruments that identify life domains that are meaningful for consumers, including quality of life and community living skills, in improving patient engagement and goal attainment. Finally, the results hold potential to demonstrate the savings from employing a relatively low-cost system that is expected to help consumers and providers identify and achieve service goals in less time.

For more information, please visit the Felton Research and Training website here.

Felton Institute Psychosis Research Team: Julia Godzikovskaya M.A., Zhen Zhao M.A., Sarah Stewart, Eugene Eusebio & Patrick Kerwin
External Collaborators: Cherise Rosen (University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine); Larry Davidson (Yale University School of Medicine); Tanya Luhrmann (Stanford University); Steven Marcus (University of Pennsylvania); Joyce Chu (Palo Alto University); Rachel Loewy (UCSF); Mona Shattell (Rush University School of Medicine), Neely Myers (Southern Methodist University)

Treatment Engagement in Early Psychosis

The benefits of involvement in high quality early intervention services carry only if clients stay engaged and programs are designed in ways that support and sustain engagement. The Felton Institute’s current engagement-related research efforts focus on client- and family-level background factors, including trauma, poverty and social adversity, that impact disengagement as well as program-level policies and practices that encourage or discourage participation, shared decision-making and family involvement.

  • We are currently recruiting for qualitative interviews and focus groups with Felton early intervention clients and their families.
  • Additional engagement research involving existing qualitative and quantitative data is currently underway.

School and Employment Experiences in the Context of Early Intervention in Psychosis

School and employment tend to be significantly impacted by the onset of psychosis and recovery in these areas is a major goal of specialty early intervention programs. In addition to the direct role of psychosis itself, multiple barriers contribute to negative outcomes including institutional stigma and discrimination and the internalization of lowered expectations. Following a systems approach, our vocational research program focuses on understanding the intersectional impact of both social and individual factors on school and work and the development of interventions designed to address barriers and improve outcomes.

  • We are currently recruiting for qualitative interviews and focus groups with Felton early intervention clients and their families.
  • Upcoming oral presentation: International Association for Early Psychosis (IEPA), Milan, Italy.
  • Related technical assistance: Jones, N., Bower, K., Furuzawa, A. (2016). Supporting Students with Early Psychosis in Higher Education: Toolkits for Administrators, Campus Staff, Family and Students. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration.

Understanding Cultural/Ethnic/Racial Disparities within Early Intervention

Intersections between culture/race/ethnicity and early psychosis are substantial and impact everything from initial risk for developing psychosis to access and outcomes. A major focus of the Felton Institute’s early psychosis program is the investigation of ways in which culture and race influence clients’ pathways to care and experiences of treatment.

  • Current research is focused on existing qualitative and quantitative data; no active recruitment at this time.