As a mental
health services researcher, I am fascinated by program evaluation and the process
of developing improved mental health services for children and adolescents, including
the dissemination of evidence-based treatments. Currently, my research focuses
on attrition from services and the psychosocial and clinical factors that may
play a role. In particular, I am interested in understanding the role of
agreement between the parent, youth, and clinician with respect to treatment
aims and how that may impact engagement. In addition, I have begun to examine
how families’ expectations for treatment and their perceptions related to
treatment barriers may shape their overall experience. Within the Yale Child
Study Center Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic for Children, we have implemented
several procedures aimed at reducing attrition and increasing families’
engagement in services. Preliminary data provide initial support for the
effectiveness of these procedures.
In addition, I am extremely interested in the process of using data to inform clinical practice and believe that on-going, active use of data is essential to the development of a strong program. How data are communicated and understanding varying methods of communication at the client level, the practice level, and the state level may play an important role in increasing the effectiveness of data to inform change. I am particularly interested in the role of standardized assessment as a method for triaging clients to specific treatment programs and the use of outcome assessment to guide treatment decision-making.
- Screening Efficiency of the Child Behavior Checklist and Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire: A Systematic Review. Warnick, E.M., Bracken, M., and Kasl, S. (2008). Screening Efficiency of the Child Behavior Checklist and Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire: A Systematic Review. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 13 (3), 140-147.
Selecting measures for use in child mental health services: a scorecard approach.
Warnick EM, Weersing VR, Scahill L, Woolston JL. Selecting measures for use in child mental health services: a scorecard approach. Administration And Policy In Mental Health 2009, 36:112-22.
- Warnick, E.M., Gonzalez, A., Weersing, V.R., Scahill, L., & Woolston, J. (2011). Defining Dropout from Youth Psychotherapy: How Definitions Shape the Prevalence and Predictors of Attrition. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Early View, DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2011.00606.x.