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CCHNet Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 6

InCHIP Launches New Intervention Core


Dear InCHIP Affiliates,


We are excited to announce that InCHIP has launched its new Intervention Core. The Core enables affiliates to leverage InCHIP’s extensive experience in health behavior interventions, and to build collaborations with leading UConn researchers in the area of intervention research that lead to more successful research and external grant applications. The services provided by the InCHIP Intervention Core will help health researchers design, implement, evaluate, and disseminate rigorous, evidence-based interventions that can have a significant impact on the health of people in the U.S. and around the world.


Health behavior interventions strive to induce changes in behaviors that effect a person’s health, and are a key part of improving health worldwide. InCHIP has long recognized that it is important for health researchers to be able to develop strong, theory-based interventions, and to translate their research findings into concrete, effective interventions, and this Intervention Core is the latest step we are taking towards that goal. UConn, and InCHIP in particular, is home to a number of the world’s leading intervention researchers. The purpose of the InCHIP Intervention Core is to help health researchers make connections and form research collaborations with these experts at UConn, which can then lead to more innovative research and higher rates of external funding.


The InCHIP Intervention Core will offer a number of resources and services to help InCHIP investigators find support, training, and collaborations to develop health behavior interventions. These resources and services include:

  • Network of Intervention Experts at UConn: The InCHIP Intervention Core maintains a list of UConn faculty members with expertise in behavioral interventions.
  • Building Research Teams: The InCHIP Intervention Core facilitates the formation of collaborative research partnerships between investigators and intervention experts. The InCHIP Boundary Spanners can help investigators find intervention experts relevant to their research, and coordinate the initial research meetings.
  • Workshops and Lectures: The InCHIP Intervention Core hosts lectures and workshops from leading investigators in the field of behavioral intervention. These events will enable UConn researchers and students to learn about cutting-edge methodologies in behavioral intervention research, and help them to develop an understanding of how intervention research works.
  • Expert Consultations: The InCHIP Intervention Core provides expert consultations for behavioral intervention studies and external grant proposals. The experts associated with the Core can provide consultations and collaborative support in many areas of intervention research, a list of which can be found on the InCHIP Intervention Core website.


To learn more about the InCHIP Intervention Core or to request support for your intervention research, please visit our website or contact us at




Kim Gans, PhD, MPH

InCHIP Intervention Core Co-Director

Professor, Human Development and Family Studies


Jeffrey Fisher, PhD

InCHIP Intervention Core Co-Director

InCHIP Director

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences

UConn Health Spotlight

This UConn Health Spotlight on Nursing features Lynne Neff, Correctional Managed Health Care transitional services manager, and winner of a 2016 Nightingale Award for Nursing Excellence.

CCHNet Newsletter Spring 2016

Spring 2016 Newsletter

Fully funded PhD in Nursing ‐ Correctional Health  

 Funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation  University of Connecticut’s Future of Nursing Scholars Program  rwj Scholar pic

The Lifespan/Brown Criminal Justice Research Program on Substance Use, HIV, and Comorbidities

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The School of Nursing is now accepting scholarship applications 2016-2017

The School of Nursing is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2016-2017 academic year!  They offer a variety of opportunities to students in need of financial assistance while pursuing their education.

You may find a list of scholarships at Nursing scholarships are applied to students’ fee bills. You need to apply every year even if you received a scholarship for 2015-2016.

The application is online at The deadline to apply is March 4.

Scholarship recipients will be notified by the end of the spring semester.


ENRS -­‐ Criminal Justice Violence and Trauma Newsletter — Spring 2016

Dr. Shelton Would Like to Mentor Nurses Interested in Studying Topics in Correctional Health


The UCONN School of Nursing was recently granted two (2) Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) scholarships for new doctoral students in the School of Nursing PhD Program. This is a very prestigious award. Students receiving this award must be full-time in the school of nursing; committed to completing their PhD studies in 3 years and not working full-time outside their studies. Scholarship recipients must be US citizens.


Awardees will receiving a graduate assistantship which will allow them to work with their major advisor on research related activities right from admission to the program (approximately 20 hours per week is required). This will include a monthly stipend ($26,020.19 [across 2 semesters] and tuition support approximately $15,000 [academic year]). Awardees will also receive additional funding of $25,000 which will cover summer stipends, fees, books, and other expenses (so a total of more than $65,000 in scholarship funding for each of the 3 years of study).  All RWJ Scholars must attend a Boot Camp in Princeton, N.J. August 3-4, 2016 with an opening reception the evening of August 2, 2016.  All costs associated with this event, including travel, will be covered by the RWJ national program office. This event is MANDATORY, so please make sure to hold these dates if you apply for this award.


We would like you to considering applying for this award. The application process will be submission by email of a one page essay (single-spaced) about how you would use this award to complete your doctoral studies and begin your research trajectory in 3 years. Please outline both personal and professional commitments you will make to the process. Essays are due to  Dr. Jacqueline McGrath, Associate Dean for Research by email on April 1st, 2016 ( We may ask you to interview with our research mentors the week of April 11th so we can finalize our decisions and we will make the selections by April 15th, 2016.


If you are still in the process of completing your graduate school application to the School of Nursing PhD Program; you must be accepted into the program by 4/1/2016 to be considered for this award. If you need to discuss your application status please contact Dr. McGrath.


If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me so we can further discuss.

We look forward to see you in the fall of 2016 and getting your applications for this prestigious RWJ scholarship by 4/1/2016.


Psychiatric Mental Health and Substance Abuse Expert Panel

Chair – Madeline A. Naegle, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, is a professor at New York University.

Co-Chair – Mona Shattell, PhD, RN, FAAN is a professor at DePaul University in Chicago and former Public Voices Fellow with The OpEd Project.

Chair Emerita – Linda Beeber, PhD, RN, CS, FAAN is a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


New Models of Mental Health Care, Not “Asylums”

Does the US need institutions to treat or house persons with severe mental illness? A recent paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) authored by three ethicists calls for improved psychiatric care by returning to psychiatric asylums of the past (asylums that are “safe, modern, and humane”).


The authors of this op-ed are all psychiatric mental health nurses with many years of experience providing mental health care to persons with mental illness, in inpatient and community settings. We are psychiatric mental health nurse researchers, educators, and practitioners and members of the psychiatric mental health and substance use expert panel of the American Academy of Nursing (Academy). The Academy serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice by generating, synthesizing, and disseminating nursing knowledge. This psychiatric mental health and substance expert panel, numbering more than 100 nurses at the top of the field, recognize the authors of the JAMA commentary for bringing the issue of inadequate comprehensive psychiatric mental health care to the forefront.


It is unethical and unconscionable to re-route persons with mental illness to other restrictive settings such as correctional facilities for treatment that may be below standard.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is making strides to incorporate the recovery model into mental health care, and we applaud this agency for leading the charge to integrate behavioral health care, thus creating a very different blueprint for care in SAMHSA’s four major dimensions to support recovery from mental illness: health, home, purpose and community.
  • Health—overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms—for example, abstaining from use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and non-prescribed medications if one has an addiction problem—and, for everyone in recovery, making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being
  • Home—having a stable and safe place to live
  • Purpose—conducting meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income, and resources to participate in society
  • Community—having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope

We applaud psychiatric mental health nurses for caring for those who are in need now, an the nurse educators who continue to teach the importance of complex relationship skills needed to assist people with serious mental illness.

To be sure, there have been gains in mental health care. But, we need to do much more.

We call for a federally supported national summit convening consumers, mental health professional organizations, and providers to assess progress to date by reviewing existing services such as Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), community mental health services, peer support services, alternatives to emergency departments (such as The Living Room), and looking toward new models of care. The community mental health concepts of 1965 were compromised in a flawed and haphazard array of services. We are not in favor of a return to that cobbled together array of services, often not tailored to population needs. Rather, we are calling for a new conversation about alternative approaches that “institutionalize” all dimensions of recovery.


The emergence of new knowledge of complex genetic and neurobiological causes of mental illness tells us that cure is a complex challenge perhaps mastered far into the future.


Rather than isolating people with severe mental illness from society, recovery dimensions should embody in vibrant, nurturing communities within the larger society.