Joanne Nicholson, Ph.D., is a clinical and research psychologist, and Adjunct
Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), where
she directed the Child and Family Research Core of the UMMS Center for Mental Health
Services Research. She is currently Professor of Psychiatry at the Dartmouth Psychiatric
Research Center. Dr. Nicholson has established an active program of research on parents
with mental illnesses and their families, in partnership with people in recovery. Her
team is developing education and skills training materials for parents, integrating the
current knowledge on parents with mental illnesses, and evaluating interventions for
families, including the pilot Family Options intervention. Dr. Nicholson’s research
interests also include the study of collaborations, knowledge exchange, and the impact of
web-based interventions. Dr. Nicholson has received funding from the National Institute
on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration (SAMHSA), the National Alliance for Mental Illness Research Institute,
private foundations, and industry sources. In 2006, Dr. Nicholson received the Armin Loeb
Award from the U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association for her significant career
contribution to research in psychiatric rehabilitation. She has been a W.T. Grant
Foundation Distinguished Fellow, and a NIDRR Switzer Distinguished Research Fellow. She
is the 2010 recipient of the UMMS Women’s Faculty Committee Outstanding Community Service
Award, and in 2011 received the Katharine F. Erskine Award in Medicine & Science for
her professional achievements, commitment to the advancement of women and girls, and her
contributions to the community. 

Articles

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Implementing an intervention for parents with mental illness: Building workforce capacity (with Kathleen Biebel and Katherine Woolsey), Psychiatric rehabilitation journal (2014)
 

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Exploring Knowledge Exchange at the Research-Policy-Practice Interface in Children's Behavioral Health Services (with Laurel K. Leslie, Susan Maciolek, Kathleen Biebel, and Gifty Debordes-Jackson), Administration and policy in mental health (2014)
 

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Navigating the Complexity of Using Research in Policy and Practice Decisions (with Susan Maciolek, Kathleen Biebel, Laurel Leslie, and Gifty Debordes-Jackson), Psychiatry Information in Brief (2014)
 

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Intermediaries Promote the Use of Research Evidence in Children's Behavioral Health Systems Change (with Kathleen Biebel, Susan Maciolek, Gifty Debordes-Jackson, and Laurel Leslie), Psychiatry Information in Brief (2013)
 

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The Massachusetts RU4Kids Study: Using Evidence to Improve Medicaid Mental Health Services For Massachusetts Children and Youth (with Laurel K. Leslie and Susan Maciolek), Psychiatry Information in Brief (2011)
 

Books

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Parenting Well When You're Depressed: A Complete Resource for Maintaining a Healthy Family (with Alexis D. Henry, Jonathan C. Clayfield, and Susan M. Phillips), Psychiatry Publications and Presentations (2001)
 

Contributions to Books

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Parenting and Recovery for Mothers with Mental Disorders, A public health perspective of women’s mental health (2010)
 

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Parents with a Mental Illness and Implementation of the Adoption and Safe Families Act (with Barbara J. Friesen, Katharine Kaplan, and Phyllis Solomon), Intentions and results: A look back at the Adoption and Safe Families Act (2009)
 

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Children of Parents with Mental Illnesses (with Janice Cooper, Rachel Freed, and Mareasa R. Isaacs), Family influences on childhood behavior and development (2008)
 

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Parenting (with Laura Miller), The clinical handbook of schizophrenia (2008)
 

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The Prevalence of Parenthood in Adults with Mental Illness: Implications for State and Federal Policymakers, Programs, and Providers (with Kathleen Biebel, Judith Katz-Leavy, and Valerie Williams), Mental Health, United States, 2002 (2002)
 

Posters and Presentations

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Creating Opportunities for Success: Working with Trauma Survivors in the Shelter Setting (with Linda F. Weinreb, Tina Runyan, and Kathleen Biebel), Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance training symposium (2010)
 

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A Multi-disciplinary, Whole-of-Family Approach to Supporting Parents with Mental Illness, Developing Strength and Resilience in Children conference of Voksne for Barn (2010)
 

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Helping Families— Shifting the Emphasis, Annual Corporate Breakfast with the Lord Mayor, Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria (2010)
 

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Mental Illness: Understanding the Impact on Families and How to Help, 12th Annual Bruce Woodcock Memorial Lecture, Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria (2010)
 

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Supporting Parents: Multi-needs and the Need for Multi-institutions’ Coordination of Supports, Conference on Ondersteuning Ouders met Psychiasche Problemen (2010)
 

Reports and Other Publications

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Supporting Parents With Mental Health Needs in Systems of Care (with Barbara J. Friesen and Judith Katz-Leavy), Center for Mental Health Services Research (2011)
 

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The Invisible Children’s Project: A Family-Centered Intervention for Parents with Mental Illness (with Beth R. Hinden, Kathleen Biebel, and Liz Mehnert), Psychiatry Publications and Presentations (2002)
 

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Steps Toward Evidence-Based Practices for Parents with Mental Illness and their Families (with Beth R. Hinden, Kathleen Biebel, Alexis D. Henry, and Lawrence Stier), Psychiatry Publications and Presentations (2002)
 

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Critical Issues for Parents with Mental Illness and their Families (with Kathleen Biebel, Beth R. Hinden, Alexis D. Henry, and Lawrence Stier), Psychiatry Publications and Presentations (2001)