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Burnout, characterized by high levels of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization (negative or cynical attitudes about patients), and a diminished sense of personal achievement, is very common among mental healthcare providers. Depending on the sample... more

Health care providers, particularly those who work in the mental health field, are at high risk for experiencing burnout – high levels of emotional exhaustion, cynical attitudes towards consumers of services, and a reduced sense of personal... more

Shared decision-making (SDM) is a collaborative process between a provider and consumer of health services, both of whom work together to arrive at optimal healthcare decisions. Our study brings together computer-based decision aids with... more

Recent data from several states have found that people with serious mental illness served by our public mental health systems die, on average, at least 25 years earlier than the general population. This fact highlights the importance of the... more

National policy has dramatically increased the emphasis on implementing evidence-based mental health services to meet the needs of people with severe mental illness, and the VHA has made great strides at providing effective, community-based services.... more

The President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health has called for a transformation of the mental health system to partner with consumers of those services in delivering effective interventions focused on recovery, and the Department of Veterans... more

We will recruit 180 mental health staff and randomize participants to intervention or control group and conduct follow-up online surveys at baseline, 6 weeks post-training day, and 6-months post-training day. We will randomly select 40... more

This study investigates the role of romantic relationships in the lives of individuals experiencing early psychosis.  For those early in the course of a psychotic illness, interpersonal relationships have been identified as a top goal, yet there... more

Unemployment among veterans with mental illness is a pervasive and damaging problem, causing deleterious mental health and economic consequences. The factors that negatively impact occupational functioning in this group are not well understood.... more