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VISN 5 MIRECC Link: Research into Practice Resource. Two interconnected links

Research into Practice

The VISN 5 MIRECC has a long-standing commitment to support and enhance the community functioning of Veterans with serious mental illness. In an effort to support our mission, we have begun disseminating the VISN 5 MIRECC Link. The purpose of this publication is to act as a guiding link between VISN 5 MIRECC research outcomes and practice and treatment applications. The publication includes an overview of a research article and then links those findings to considerations for Veterans and their families and considerations for clinicians. Whether you are a Veteran, a Veteran family member or support person, or a clinician serving Veterans, we hope you find the VISN 5 MIRECC Link a useful resource for "Putting Recovery into Practice!"

Social Functioning: Key to Understanding Mental Health Symptoms and Personal Recovery for People with Serious Mental Illness

Research Publication:

Howell, M. K., Marggraf, M., Taylor, M. L., Hammer, L. A., Girón-Hernández, C. Y., Coakley, G. N., Brown, C. H., Drapalski, A. L., & Hack, S. M. (2023). Social functioning mediates the relationship between psychiatric symptoms and recovery among veteran and community service users with serious mental illness. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 46(2), 156.

November 2023 Link

Impact of mental health on seeking pain care among veterans with serious mental illness

Research Publication:

Tonge N, Travaglini LE, Brown CL, Muralidharan A, Goldberg R. Impact of mental health on seeking pain care among veterans with serious mental illness. General Hospital Psychiatry. 2022; 75:92-93. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2021.07.008.

September 2023 Link

Supporting Recovery for Veterans with Schizophrenia: Strategies for Increasing Social and Community Engagement

Research Publication: 

Bennett, M. E., Kuykendall, L., Harvey, K., & Lucksted, A. (2023). Increasing community engagement: Skills used by adults with schizophrenia participating in a psychosocial intervention. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 46(1), 83-93.

Bennett, M.E., Brown, C.H., Fang, L.J., Blanchard, J.J. (2023). Increasing social and community participation in veterans living with schizophrenia: A treatment outcome study. Schizophrenia Research 252, 262-270.

May 2023 Link

Living Well: An intervention to help people better manage common medical and psychiatric challenge

Research Publication: 

Muralidharan, A., Brown, C. H., Peer, J. E., Klingaman, E. A., Hack, S. M., Li, L., Walsh, M. B. & Goldberg, R. W. (2019). Living well: An intervention to improve medical illness self-management among individuals with serious mental illness. Psychiatric Services, 70(1), 19-25.

April 2023 Link

Sleep Problems for People with Serious Mental Illness: How Can VA Help?

Research Publications: 

Klingaman, E.A., Lucksted, A., Crosby, E. S., Hack, S. M., Peeples, A. D., Blank, Y., & Schwartz, E. (2022). How do US military veterans with serious mental illness manage insomnia? A phenomenological analysis. Journal of Sleep

Klingaman, E. A., Lucksted, A., Crosby, E. S., Blank, Y., & Schwartz, E. (2019). A phenomenological inquiry into the experience of sleep: Perspectives of U.S. military veterans with insomnia and serious mental illness. Journal of Sleep Research 28(4), e12833.

March 2023 Link

Ending Self-Stigma for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (ESS-P): Initial Outcomes

Research Publication: Drapalski, A.L., Aakre, J., Brown, C.H., Romero, E., Lucksted, A. (2020). The Ending Self Stigma for posttraumatic stress disorder program: Results of a pilot randomized trial. Journal of Traumatic Stress. Advanced online publication.

Volume 2, Issue 1 2023 Link

Coping with Weight Gain from Psychiatric Medication Side Effects

Research Publication: Kreyenbuhl, J., Lucksted, A., Despeaux, K. & Sykes, V.M. (2019). Understanding Women Veterans’ Experiences with and Management of Weight Gain from Medications for Serious Mental Illness: A Qualitative Study. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 42, pp. 238-245. 

Volume 1, Issue 1 2023 Link

VISN 5 MIRECC Investigator, Dr. Julie Kreyenbuhl, and colleagues recently had their study featured in the VA Insider! Check out the article that outlines their work!



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