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Centerstone Research Institute to Present at American Evaluation Association 2010

Nine staff members will deliver presentations regarding evaluation theory and practice

Bloomington, Ind. and Nashville, Tenn. – Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), a unique not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving mental healthcare through research and information technology, today announced that 9 of its staff members will be participating in the 25th Annual American Evaluation Association conference. The conference, which brings together approximately 2,500 evaluation practitioners, academics and students from around the world to share best practices regarding the application and exploration of evaluation techniques,
will be held November 8-13, 2010, at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio, Texas.

Presentations from CRI staff members are as follows:

  • Kathryn Bowen, co-facilitator: The Tools and Techniques of Gender Responsive Evaluation Workshop. This workshop provides tools and techniques for assessing the differential impacts of programs on men and women, and will provide a framework for understanding how program interventions are affected by and in turn affect the social and economic roles and relationships among members of the household, community and boarder groups in society. Wednesday, November 10, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Rm. Seguin B.
  • Jason Luellen: Practical Propensity Score Analysis. This workshop will help participants understand the concept and the techniques of propensity score analysis. Propensity score analysis is an increasingly popular statistical approach used in epidemiology, psychology, education, economics, sociology, medicine, public health, and many other areas. It is not a single technique but rather a collection of methods used to adjust effect estimates to make them approximate the results of a randomized experiment. Wednesday, November 10, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Rm. Presido C.
  • Charles Brown, Gisoo Barnes and Catherine Sewall: Measuring Treatment Outcomes across Two Substance Abuse Treatment Programs for Adults and Adolescents. Presenters will discuss the lessons learned from two evidence-based substance abuse treatment programs for adults and adolescents. Findings will help evaluators consider appropriate treatment programs for different age groups. Wednesday, Nov 10, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Rm. Texas A.
  • Randall Reiserer, Ajanta Roy and Brad Martin: Evaluation of School Counseling Programs in Rural Middle Tennessee. Presenters will discuss results from a school-based therapy program for elementary school children with behavioral and emotional problems. Findings will provide implications for effective mental health services for this demographic. Thursday, Nov 11, 9:15 AM to 10:45 AM, Rm. Presido C.
  • Jennifer Lockman, Heather Wilson, Kathryn Bowen, James Schut and Thomas Doub: Evaluating the Tennessee Lives Count Juvenile Justice Suicide Prevention Project: Strategies for Incorporating System Level Data in Evaluations of Complex Public Health Prevention Programs. Presenters will discuss how a “systems” theory of evaluation is being applied to the TLC-JJ project. Findings will illustrate how mixed method designs may enhance the ability to evaluate program elements as they relate to helping youth at risk for suicide. Friday, Nov 12, 1:40 PM to 3:10 PM, Rm. Travis C.
  • Cheri Hoffman: Youth-Led Evaluation in Action: Stomping Out the Stigma of Mental Illness. Dr. Hoffman, former CRI staff member now working as a Special Legislative Assistant, Congressman Pete Stark (CA-13) will facilitate a youth-led presentation of the Mule Town Family Network System of Care project in Maury County, Tennessee to inform the audience about the “Stepping Stones” curriculum for youth-led evaluation projects. MTFN youth will share their experiences, the evaluation results of their project, and how initiating, planning and carrying out an evaluation project has impacted their personal development. Information will add to the knowledge base regarding the engagement of youth with mental health challenges in participatory evaluation. Friday, Nov 12, 9:15 AM to 10:45 AM, Rm. Lone Star C.
  • Kathryn Bowen: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment: Does Gender Matter? Gender is an important mediator of substance abuse treatment outcomes because the background characteristics, substance abuse patterns, needs, barriers and personal stories of female substance users are generally different from males. The evaluation of the Project for Recovery, Encouragement and Empowerment will further explore the unique needs of women in substance abuse treatment programs particularly among those who have experienced trauma using a gender responsive approach. Saturday, Nov 13, 2:50 PM to 4:20 PM, Rm. Seguin B.

The annual AEA Conference is an industry-wide gathering of professionals devoted to the evaluation of programs, personnel, technology, organizations, policies and products to identify strengths and weakness and help improve their effectiveness. AEA’s membership totals approximately 5500 members representing all 50 states in the U.S. and 60 countries worldwide.

About Centerstone Research Institute
Centerstone Research Institute (CRI) is a unique not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving mental healthcare through research, information technology and clinical informatics. CRI conducts service and clinical studies and partners with leading research institutions to advance knowledge of mental health and addiction disorders and discover innovative treatments. The organization maintains an Institutional Review Board and manages the Knowledge Network, a technology-based, partner-driven alliance to facilitate the translation of research to practice. CRI also offers Behavioral Pathway Systems, a best practices benchmarking service. CRI is a recipient of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare’s Innovation Award. For more information about CRI, please visit www.centerstoneresearch.org.