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Newsletter | Fall 2021 | South Central MIRECC

Publication Highlights

Articles and books authored by our affiliates enable us to share research and knowledge about mental health treatment with our Veteran, caregiver, provider and research communities.

Highlighted Articles

Dr. Sara Landes (co-author) and colleague’s article on improving neurologic care with implementation science was published in Pediatric Neurology. The authors recommend neurologists become familiar with implementation science to reduce the knowledge-practice gap, maximize health care value, and improve management of brain disorders affecting public health.

Drs. Taylor Ceroni, Chelsea Ennis, and Laurel Franklin’s in press article discusses the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on intimate partner violence (IPV). This commentary, which will be published in the journal Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, discusses various reasons for the increase in IPV experiences during the pandemic, as well as opportunities for prevention and intervention.

Drs. Alexander Uzdavines and Natalie Hundt (coauthors) and colleagues published a paper on depression risk and suicidal ideation among food insecure Veterans in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. Using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Study, the team found that food insecurity in Veterans is associated with increased depression symptoms and suicidal ideation. They recommended that Veterans with food insecurity be screened for depression and suicidal ideation and that depression treatment plans and suicide prevention programs should consider basic needs like food security.

Affiliates from Little Rock, Drs. Jeff Pyne, Traci Abraham and Marie Mesidor, and New Orleans, Madeline Uddo and Adam Kelly, coauthored a paper on Veteran peer coaching by telephone for treatment engagement with rural Veterans in the Journal of Rural Health. The authors concluded that among Veterans with mental health problems using predominantly rural VA community clinics, telephone peer motivational coaching did not enhance mental health treatment engagement, but instead had positive effects on mental health symptoms, quality of life indicators, and use of self-care strategies.

Last updated: October 25, 2021