Valerie Williams, M.A., M.S., is a data analyst and mental health services
researcher with interests in the areas of juvenile justice, homelessness, evaluation,
implementation science, and research focused on parents with mental illness and their
families and substance abuse treatment. She has over 10 years of experience as
co-investigator and statistician on various SAMHSA/CMHS and foundation-funded projects
within both the adult and child systems. Much of her current work focuses on the mental
health needs of youths in the juvenile justice system, with special emphasis on
strategies for attaining and maintaining high fidelity implementation of mental health
screening and assessment under real-world conditions. 

Over the past eight years, she has co-directed the Methods Core of the Center for Mental
Health Services Research (CMHSR) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School,
providing expertise and support to CMHSR faculty and staff in all phases of
research—design, data collection and management, analysis and reporting. Her interest in
research data security logically follows from her role as data analyst. She leads the
CMHSR Data Security Committee, the group responsible for developing and updating the
Center’s data security plan as well as overseeing compliance with security protocols.
This committee stays abreast of evolving best practices and shares experiences and
approaches with other departments and centers to help create a consensus of minimum
standards necessary for any data collection project. 

Articles

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Incorporating Tobacco Cessation Activities in ICCD Clubhouses (with Colleen E. McKay and Douglas M. Ziedonis), Psychiatry Information in Brief (2011)
 

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Family options for parents with mental illnesses: a developmental, mixed methods pilot study (with Joanne Nicholson, Karen Albert, Bernice Gershenson, and Kathleen Biebel), Psychiatric rehabilitation journal (2009)
 

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Addressing Tobacco Use in Adult Mental Health Service Programs (with Colleen E. McKay, Douglas M. Ziedonis, Gregory Seward, Kevin Bradley, Jennifer Colburn, and David Rocheleau), Psychiatry Issue Briefs (2009)
 

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Building the Foundation for the Family Options Project (with Joanne Nicholson, Kathleen Biebel, and Karen Albert), Focal Point (2008)
 

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Mental Health Screening: Pennsylvania's Experience In Juvenile Detention (with Thomas Grisso, Melissa Valentine, and Nicole Remsburg), Corrections Today (2008)
 

Contributions to Books

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Procedures and Policies: Good Practice and Appropriate Uses of Screening Results, Mental Health Screening within Juvenile Justice: The Next Fontier (2007)
 

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

Posters and Presentations

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Exploring the Concept of “Young Carer” in Families Living with Parental Mental Illness (with Antonia Seligowski, Peter McNamee, Karen Albert, and Joanne Nicholson), 3rd Annual UMMS Psychiatry Research Day (2008)
 

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Mothers with Mental Health Disorders: Mental Health Promotion in the Context of Parenting (with Joanne Nicholson, Elizabeth A. Aaker, Michael Agar, Karen Albert, Steven M. Banks, Kathleen Biebel, Bernice Gershenson, Antonia Seligowski, Brenda Warren, Sierra Williams, and Katherine Woolsey), Margins to Mainstream: World Congress on Mental Health Promotion and Prevention (2008)
 

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Implementation Challenges in Wrapping Interventions Around Families Living with Parental Mental Illness (with Joanne Nicholson, Beth R. Hinden, Joan Mikula, Kathleen Biebel, Katherine Woolsey, and Elizabeth A. Aaker), Proceedings of the 20th Annual Research Conference, A System of Care for Children’s Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base (2008)
 

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Family Members with Overlapping Mental Health Needs Require the Transformation of Systems and Services (with Joanne Nicholson, Kathleen Biebel, Beth R. Hinden, Bernice Gershenson, and Judith Katz-Leavy), The Santa Fe Summit on Behavioral Health, the American College of Mental Health Administration (2005)
 

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Substance Abuse and the Functioning of Transition-Aged Youth with Psychiatric Disorders (with Maryann Davis and Bernice Gershenson), Proceedings of the 17th Annual research Conference, A System of Care for Children’s Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base (2004)