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Carbondale

Jennifer Hammonds was elected to the steering committee of the Illinois Coalition of School Based Health Centers, which strives to improve the physical and mental health of children and adolescents in Illinois by fostering the development, stabilization and expansion of school health centers via provision of leadership, resources, training and technical assistance to enable school health centers to deliver high quality services. ICSBHC also advocates for local, state and national policies and funding to integrate school health centers into health and education systems.

Jennifer Hammonds is a voting member of Partnership for Youth, a community based organization that serves both as the juvenile justice board for Franklin county youth and as a 4013C. Goals of this organization are to promote mental health, emotional wellness, safety, and opportunities to at-risk youth in rural Franklin and Williamson counties via in-school education, parental education and support, a teen job expo, and pro-social community activities targeted at area youth.

New Presentations

  • Kasser, T., Miller, E.Q., & DiLalla, L.F. (2013). Parent recognition of child emotion and victimization. Poster presented to the Midwestern Psychological Association, May, Chicago, IL.
  • Barner, R., Gheyara, S.,& DiLalla, L.F. (2013). Genes, risk, and resilience: The relationship between child temperamental mood & anxiety/depression. Poster presented to the Society for Research in Child Development, April, Seattle, WA.
  • Bersted, K., Gheyara, S., & DiLalla, L.F. (2013). The interaction of child temperament and daycare experience on behavior problems. Poster presented to the Society for Research in Child Development, April, Seattle, WA.
  • Palo, A., Barner, R., Bersted, K., & DiLalla, L.F. (2013). The relationship between aggression and inflated child reports of maternal acceptance. Poster presented to the Society for Research in Child Development, April, Seattle, WA.
  • Klaver, J., Gheyara, S., & DiLalla, L.F. (2013). Inaccuracy of self-esteem ratings is associated with internalizing and externalizing problems in 5-year-old children. Poster presented to the Society for Research in Child Development, April, Seattle, WA.

Research

Lisabeth DiLalla, PhD is involved with the following projects:

  • Genetic Influences on Early Cognitive Development: Early cognitive development, such as ability to conserve, engage in fantasy, and take perspective, is studied in 1- to 4-year-old twins. Genetic and environmental influences on these cognitive abilities are examined by comparing identical and fraternal twin correlations.
  • Genetic and Environmental Influences on Social Behaviors: At age 5, twins are asked questions about self-esteem, play behaviors, and social interactions. The purpose of this study is to understand genetic and environmental influences on prosocial and aggressive behaviors in preschool-aged children.
  • Mother-Infant Interaction in Twins – Genetic and Environmental Influences: This study involves examining the interactions between others and their young twins during structured and unstructured videotaped interactions. Because twins are used, mothers’ responses to identical versus fraternal twins can provide information about how much the children’s own temperaments and behaviors influence the mothers’ behaviors.
  • Extended Studies on the SITSS Sample in Later childhood and Adolescence: Several follow-up studies on the SITSS twins, siblings, and singletons are focused on understanding development of social behaviors, including prosocial, aggressive, and bullying behaviors, with a focus on genetic influences as well as both peer and parent behaviors as primary influences.

Sandra Shea, PhD is involved with the following projects:

  • (with Morthland T and Gunzel Y) Studying polypharmacy and depression induction in the geriatric population
  • (co-P.I.)  with McCann-Stone N, Robinson S, Rosher R, Rull G.  Devloping caring attitudes in medical students:  Aging couples across the curriculum.
Decatur

As the behavioral science instructor in Decatur, Dennis Petty meets individually with each resident physician each year. They review recorded patient encounters and discuss effective communication methods. They also review the patient ratings for the resident on four items related to communication with the doctor. Petty reinforces effective communication skills demonstrated with patients and identified by the patient ratings. He also identifies skill(s) to work on improving. Since beginning this process in 2008, the patient ratings for communication with resident physicians in Decatur have steadily improved for five straight years.

 

Quincy



Grants

  • Agency: Illinois Children's Health care Foundation (ILCHF)
    Project Title: Mental Health Initiative, Building Systems of Care, Community by Community (CMHI)/ Adams County Initiative: Adams County Mental Health Partnership, SIU Health Care-Quincy Family Medicine Residency Program in collaboration with Transitions of Western Illinois, Special Education Department of Adams County and various other organizations
    Project Period: June 2011-June 2016
    PI: Shirley Longlett, LCPC


Community/Other Activities

  • SIU HealthCare, Quincy Family Medicine, participates in gathering information on child screenings in participation with the Illinois Children’s Health Care Foundation Mental Health Initiative Grant.
  • Screenings done during well child checks have a current completion rate of 98%
  • Monitoring of screenings for mental health issues and tracking of progress made through engagement in services is performed by staff hired through the grant.


New Presentations

International

  • Kewney R, Longlett S, Melton S, O’Rourke J, Jenkins W, and Miller T. Peds Care: Integrating Children’s Behavioral Health in the Medical Home and Changing the Practice Culture—Impact on Patients and Physicians. Poster presentation at: 39th North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting. Banff, Alberta, Canada. November 2011.

National

  • Kewney, R, PEDS CARE: Providing Quality Care for Children by Integrating Behavioral Health into the Medical Home, (Poster Presentation), Presented at the Society of Family Medicine, Baltimore Maryland, May 2013.
  • Hughes, D, Kewney, R, A Community System of Care: Integrating Childrens Mental Health With Primary Care (Poster Presentation), Presented at the Society of Family Medicine, Baltimore Maryland, May 2013.
  • Kewney R, Miller T and Longlett S. Enhancing Relationship-Centered Care through Physician Self-Awareness and Reflection. Workshop presented at: The 33rd Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine. Chicago IL. September 2012.
  • Miller T, Kewney R, Longlett S, Melton S, O’Rourke J. PEDS Care: Integrating Children’s Behavioral Health in the Medical Home. Changing the Practice Culture—Impact on Patients and Physicians. Poster presentation at: AAFP Workshop for Directors of Family Medicine Residencies. Kansas City, MO. June 2012.
Springfield



New Presentations
  • Snyder, L. April 09, Presenter at the National Conference: Society of the Teachers of Family Medicine.
    Poster presentation on Teleconsultations to Expand Specialized Mental Health Care to Underserved Children in Rural Areas

Grants

  • Agency: SIU Springfield Center for Family Medicine Residency Program Project Title: Shared Mental Health: An Innovative Approach to Improving the Mental Health Curriculum for Residency Training Project period: June 2007-June 2010
    PI: Janet Albers MD, Grant writer: Janet Albers MD and Linda Snyder LCSW






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