Proposals

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Awarded Proposals

Follow-up Evaluation on The Salvation Army Metroplex Area Command’s Long Range Plan
Principle Investigator: Emily Spence-Almaguer, PhD
Sponsor: The Salvation Army
Project Period: 03/21/12-12/31/12
Amount: $41,895.00
The evaluation team will use a mixed-method, process and outcome research design. Evaluation activities will include key informant interviews with current and former Area Command officers and employees, an online survey of Area Command officers and employees, and a document review including meeting minutes, audits, financials, reports, memos, and other documentation of the Long Range Plan implementation.

JEDI Recovery Grant
Principle Investigator: Peter Lehmann, PhD
Co-Principle Investigator: Catheleen Jordan, PhD
Sponsor: Cornerstone Assistance Network
Amount: $34,000.00
Objective: The intent of this project is to develop a 4 phase re-entry program designed to prevent adult offender re-arrests and improve successful reintegration into the community. The proposed re-entry program is a collaborative community-based re-entry program between the Tarrant County Court, Fort Worth’s Cornerstone Assistance Agency, and the University of Texas at Arlington-School of Social Work, Center For Clinical Social Work (CCSW). Referred offenders will complete initial assessments and take part in a short term re-entry group program.

Science Writer
Principle Investigator: Katherine Sanchez, PhD
Sponsor: The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
Amount: $31,437.00
Objective: To conduct a literature review and author a seminal consensus report related to a one and a half day national consensus meeting on the topic of the elimination of disparities in integrated health care for racial and ethnic minorities and individuals with limited English proficiency.

Submitted Proposals

3D Immersive Technology Assessment and Intervention Tool for Aggressive Adolescents.
Principle Investigator: Peter Lehmann, PhD
Co-Principle Investigator: Joy Patton, PhD
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health
Amount: $454,500.00
Project Period: 06/01/12-05/31/15
Objective: The 3D Immersive Technology Assessment and Intervention Tool project has the potential to improve clinical practice with adolescents. The use of 3D immersive technology in developing a computer game-based assessment and intervention tool may provide a needed solution. The key approach to this project will be to integrate the principles of the ABC model of assessment with Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) intervention. Integrating these two models in the development of a 3D immersive video game-based assessment and intervention tool will allow for assessing reasoning, observing behaviors, showing consequences while, at the same time, empowering adolescents to take ownership of their behaviors, structuring sessions, setting therapeutic goals and setting the pace of the therapeutic process.

African American Female Success Story
Principle Investigator: Eusebius Small, PhD
Sponsor: The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
Project Period: 06/01/12-05/31/13
Amount: $17,500.00
Objective: The objective of the study is to address the problem of low mental health service use among minority populations, especially African American women in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. The study will: a) examine the association between stigma and intent to use mental health services among women involved in the court system; b) examine the association between mistrust in community mental health services and intent to use services; and c) explore motivations for using/not using services following graduation from drug courts.

Bilingual Scholarship Program
Principle Investigator: Beverly Black, PhD
Co-Principle Investigator: Richard Hoefer, PhD
Sponsor: The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
Amount: $124,915.00
Project Period: 08/01/2012-07/31/2013
Objective: The funds will support full tuition and required fees of incoming graduate students of Social Work. The funds also support professional development activities related to the bilingual scholarship program and the development and implementation of a scholarship sustainability plan.

Clinical Trials Network: The Texas Node
Principle Investigator: Katherine Sanchez, PhD
Sponsor: UT-Southwestern
Prime Sponsor: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Project Period: 09/01/12-08/31/14
Amount: $123,995.00

Increasing the Social Work Workforce Serving Mental Health Needs of Military/Veterans and Underserved Populations
Principle Investigator: Alexa Smith-Osborne, PhD
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration
Project Period: 09/30/12-09/29/15
Amount: $ 480,275.00
Objective: This project seeks to expand the number of graduates prepared to serve military and other high demand, high need populations with mental health risks, but also to translate interprofessional mental health collaboration technical advances from the university arena to the community practice setting. This second goal will be attained by involving stipend students throughout their graduate academic career, and their field instructors and placement agencies throughout their field placement experiences, in innovative and cutting edge scientific advances relevant to the delivery of mental health services to high demand, high need populations, particularly military and veterans and their families. Interprofessional collaboration initiatives will be utilized to effect this involvement with scientific advances. These scientific advances include use of manualized assessment and treatment protocols which have been tested for efficacy and effectiveness, use of culturally competent adaptations of same, use of telehealth technology to promote positive mental health outcomes, use of assistive technology to reduce functional impairment, use of functional brain imaging and current neuroscience evidence to inform mental health assessment and monitoring of treatment progress, and use of spatially data-driven community assessment to target outreach and public mental health education efforts to improve access of health disparities groups to appropriate mental health treatment and psychosocial rehabilitation.

Juvenile Justice Intervention
Principle Investigator: Debra Woody, PhD
Sponsor: Office of the Governor - Criminal Justice Division
Project Period: 9/1/12-08/31/13
Amount: $80,000.00
Objective: The Center for Addiction and Recovery Studies will facilitate evidenced-based intervention with Say it Straight curriculum to youth incarcerated at the Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center and for youth released on probation. Classes will also be offered for their parents and staff training for Detention staff. The group facilitators will be stipend master's level social work interns and part time employees. The curriculum supports substance abuse prevention, and recovery.

Reducing Health Disparities among Residents Living in a Food Desert Community
Principle Investigator: Courtney Cronley, PhD
Sponsor: University of North Texas Health Science Center
Prime Sponsor: National Institute of Minority Health Disparities
Amount: $113,726.00
Project Period: 01/01/2013-12/31/2015
The goal of this project is to develop and test an intervention to reduce health disparities in communities identified as food deserts in Tarrant County, TX using community-based participatory research. During the course of the three year project, the co-PIs, working with community organizers in the field and a community advisory board, will conduct an extensive needs assessment of food access and health status in food deserts across Tarrant County using focus groups, in-depth interviews, community surveys, and observational data.

NRI-Small: Collaborative Research: Social Learning in Mixed Human-Robot Communities for People with Disabilities
Principle Investigator: John Bricout, PhD
Sponsor: National Science Foundation - National Robotics Institute
Amount: $121,939.00
Project Period: 05/01/2012-05/31/2015
Objective: The development of tools for the transfer of learning between human partners (users) with mobility and manipulation impairment disabilities and co-robots in the form of robotic assistive technology is proposed. Building upon a multi-component learning system architecture, a virtual community is formed of the human users, control software, environment and co-robots (Wheelchair Mounted Robotic Arms). The co-robots and the users leverage each other’s strengths to improve their task performance. The resulting human-robot symbiosis, considered as a human-robot community learning system, creates a parallel learning structure for users and computers recording user experience, perceptions and participation while performing Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), such as manipulating objects and other tasks, for work, leisure or personal purposes. The purpose of this community is to increase the joint task performance capacity of the user and the co-robots by creating a seamless transfer of learning, calibrated on user attributes and preferences with the potential to measurably improve the state of personal productivity, safety and satisfaction for individuals with significant mobility disabilities.

School Based Substance Abuse Prevention
Principle Investigator: Debra Woody, PhD
Sponsor: Office of the Governor - Criminal Justice Division
Project Period: 09/1/12-08/31/13
Amount: $80,000.00
Objective: The Center for Addictions and Recovery studies will provide evidenced based curriculums for high risks 5th or 6th grade students and for 8th or 9th grade students in schools with high incidents of behavior problems and children and youth in alternative schools.

Suicide Postvention as Prevention
Principle Investigator: Regina Aguirre, PhD
Sponsor: American Foundation for Suicide
Project Period: 09/01/2012-08/31/2012
Amount: $70,494.00
Objective: The study objective for support groups is to evaluate effectiveness through long-term assessment of survivors and to evaluate time elapsed between death and access of services and impact of the APM on grief outcomes as measured by program statistics, the PTGI-SF and the PCL. Quantitative Hypotheses: 1) Those who participate in a support group will be less suicidal than those who do not; 2) Those participating in a support group will have greater post-traumatic growth and less post-traumatic stress than those who do not; 3) Survivors who received an APM will access grief support services sooner after the loved one’s suicide than those who did not; 4) Survivors who received an APM will have more post-traumatic growth and less post-traumatic stress than those who did not; and 5) A statistically significant model exists to predict survivors’ post-traumatic growth.

Using a Drug Court Model to Address the Needs of Women Who Are Sex Trafficked
Principle Investigator: Joan Blakey, PhD
Co-Principle Investigator: Joan Rycraft, PhD
Sponsor: National Institute of Justice
Project Period: 10/01/12-09/30/14
Amount: $ 289,066.00
Objective: There is growing concern about sex trafficking in the United States. To date, most of the research focuses on the international context. While international and domestic sex trafficking are similar in that they both have elements of force, fraud and coercion, sex trafficking in the United States tends to focus on children primarily because it is easier to classify children as victims. Consequently, women from the US have a harder time being seen as victims of sex trafficking despite the elements of force, fraud and coercion that are central to many of their experiences. The overall goal of the study is to evaluate the effectiveness of the RISE program. This intervention helps women escape the life of commercial sexual exploitation by helping them get off drugs, providing them with mental health counseling, stable housing, assisting them with job placement and educational opportunities to obtain a reputable career, so they can provide for themselves and begin to lead whole, healthy lives. Using a mixed method design this study focuses on sex trafficked victims who have been arrested repeatedly for prostitution. The proposed study has the potential to make significant advances in understanding sex trafficking among women from the United States in several ways: First, there is very little known about sex trafficking among US women. The majority of the literature focuses on international victims and children. Second, this study highlights domestic sex trafficked victims that are being overlooked. Finally, studies that privilege the victims’ voices are limited. This study would allow the victims to tell their story using their words.

UT-Arlington / Tarrant County YODA Collaboration with Tarrant County Criminal Court 5, Ft. Worth, TX
Principle Investigator: Peter Lehmann, PhD
Co-Principle Investigator: Catheleen Jordan, PhD
Sponsor: Tarrant County Criminal Court 5
Project Period: 09/01/12-08/31/13
Amount: $76,054.00
Objective: The Youth Offender Diversion Alternative (YODA) evolved out of a collaborative effort between Court 5 County Criminal Court, Fort Worth Texas, The School of Social Work, UTA, Arlington, TX, and various community partners striving towards a unified goal of improving the lives of young adults. YODA assesses and treats youth charged with domestic violence of a non-intimate partner. Voluntary participants are assessed and together with the therapist/case manager work on self-directed goals to end their violence.

UT-Arlington School of Social Work / U.S Army MSSW Academic Partnership
Principle Investigator: Javier Boyas, PhD
Co-Principle Investigator: Debra Woody, PhD
Co-Principle Investigator: Alexa Smith-Osborne, PhD
Sponsor: The Army, Office: U.S. Army Medical Command, Center for Health Care Contracting
Project Period: 04/01/12-03/31/17
Amount: $1,308,588.00
Objective: The Academy of Health Science Graduate School of the Army Medical Department Center and School (AMEDDC&S) is soliciting non-personal services from an accredited university to establish an affiliation leading toward an off-campus Master of Social Work degree for selected military affiliated personnel. This educational partnership aims to produce qualified, Masters-level social workers prepared to work in a wide range of military specific settings. These advanced practitioners will be assigned to military settings such as hospitals, research, policy, and non-traditional assignments that may require the advanced skill set of a social work officer. More specifically, the Army is looking to produce social work practitioners that would provide advanced clinical social work practice to soldiers, families, groups, organizations and military communities.

Wrap Around Legal Victim Assistance
Principle Investigator: Emily Spence-Almaguer, PhD
Sponsor: US Department of Justice
Prime Sponsor: One Safe Place
Project Period: 4/13/2012
Amount: $ 146,749.00
Objective: This will be a subcontract of One Safe Place's grant application to the US Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime. It will involve conducting a mixed method needs assessment and producing summary reports.

Renewal Proposals

Community Based Delinquency Prevention
Principle Investigator: Debra Woody, PhD
Sponsor: Office of the Governor-Criminal Justice Division
Project Period: 09/1/12-08/31/13
Amount: $47,020.80
Objective: Youth Connections will provide prevention and support services for youth, ages 9-17 in high risk communities in Dallas County. The program will utilize nationally recognized model program strategies; including education and training gender-specific support groups, and parent education.

Crossroads Evaluation
Principle Investigator: Diane Mitschke, PhD
Sponsor: Arlington Independent School Districts, Office of Adolescent Health
Project Period: 09/01/12-08/31/15
Amount: $600,000.00
Objective: This project is an evaluation of a comprehensive teen pregnancy prevention project focusing on high school dropouts ages 17-20 within the Arlington Independent School District.

Directions Home Evaluation Program, Year Four
Principle Investigator: Emily Spence-Almaguer, PhD
Sponsor: United Way of Tarrant County
Prime Sponsor: United Way and City of Ft. Worth
Project Period: 04/01/12-03/31/13
Amount: $100,000.00
Objective: This is a renewal of the Directions Home evaluation which assesses the extent to which homelessness is becoming rare, short-term and non-recurring in the City of Fort Worth.

Economic Empowerment for Abuse Survivors
Principle Investigator: Fran Danis, PhD
Sponsor: Rutgers University
Prime Sponsor: The AllState Foundation
Project Period: 09/01/12-06/30/13
Amount: $100,000.00
Objective: "Validating Allstate's National Model on Helping Survivors of Violence Achieve Economic Self-Sufficiency" (aka The Economic Empowerment Project) is a multi-year, multi-site evaluation of the Moving Ahead through Financial Management financial literacy curriculum with survivors of violence. The curriculum, developed by the Allstate Foundation, seeks to improve survivor lives on a number of variables including all forms of abuse, economic empowerment, economic self-sufficiency, economic self-efficacy, quality of life, and emotional health. The project will use an experimental design to determine the impact of the curriculum over an 18 month period.

LCC/LCPA Exam Administration Project
Principle Investigator: Rebecca Hegar, PhD
Sponsor: Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Project Period: 01/01/12-12/31/13
Amount: $31,688.00
Objective: The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Care Licensing Division, is responsible for protecting the health, safety and well-being of children who attend or reside in regulated child care facilities and homes. The Division develops minimum standards for regulated facilities and homes as well as policies and procedures for enforcing those minimum standards. The Division has the additional role of providing consultation, technical assistance, and training for child-care providers and educating the public in the selection and improvement of residential child care operations. Chapter 43 of the Human Resources Code requires the Division to license a person who acts as an administrator of a child care institution or child placing agency. To be eligible for an administrator license, a person must meet a series of qualifications, including passing an examination that demonstrates competence in the field of residential child care administration. The Division is required to develop and administer the Examinations. The purpose of this Contract is to 1) ensure the placement of the Exams in a suitable on-line format, and 2) oversee the administration of the licensed child care administrator (LCCA) and licensed child placing administrator (LCPA) Examinations.

LCC/LCPA Exam Development Project
Principle Investigator: Larry Watson, PhD
Sponsor: Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Project Period: 01/01/12-12/31/13
Amount: $45,210.00
Objective: The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Care Licensing Division, is responsible for protecting the health, safety and well-being of children who attend or reside in regulated child care facilities and homes. The Division develops minimum standards for regulated facilities and homes as well as policies and procedures for enforcing those minimum standards. The Division has the additional role of providing consultation, technical assistance, and training for child-care providers and educating the public in the selection and improvement of residential child care operations. Chapter 43 of the Human Resources Code requires the Division to license a person who acts as an administrator of a child care institution or child placing agency. To be eligible for an administrator license, a person must meet a series of qualifications, including passing an examination that demonstrates competence in the field of residential child care administration. The Division is required to develop and administer the Examinations. The purpose of this Contract is to ensure (1) the on-going validation of Exam questions, and (2) when necessary, the development of Exam questions due to changes in Licensing Minimum Standards or Texas Administrative Code Rules (Rules) or a determination that an Exam question(s) did not test as valid.