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Understanding Readiness for Use of Evidence-based Behavioral Health Technologies in Rural Primary Care: Lessons and Directions

February 19, 2016

Sarah Lord, PhD
Director, Dissemination & Implementation Core
Center for Technology and Behavioral Health
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Elizabeth Carpenter-Song, PhD
Research Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
Dartmouth College

Mark McGovern, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry
Community & Family Medicine
The Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

About the Presentation: This presentation will present process and preliminary findings of community engagement research in primary care settings focused on integration of substance use and mental health care in primary care, and potential roles for technologies to this end. Survey and qualitative results will be presented, and the goal is to encourage group conversation about the facilitators and barriers to engaging primary care settings in meaningful ways.

About the Presenters: Dr. Sarah Lord is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. She directs the Dissemination and Implementation Core of the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health, a NIDA-supported P30 Center of Excellence in the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center. She is also Principal Investigator and Director of the NIDILRR-supported Development Center for Enhancing Delivery of Evidence Based Supported Employment with Technology (CSET) to develop an integrated technology platform and suite of tools to enhance delivery of evidence-based supported employment for individuals with severe psychiatric disabilities. Over the past 17 years, she has served as PI, Co-PI or consultant on numerous NIH- and Department of Education projects focused on development, evaluation and sustainable implementation of technology-based assessment, prevention, and intervention programming for behavioral health. Trained as a clinical-development psychologist, she has spent much of her practice and research career focused on ways to harness technology to promote translation and sustainable implementation of evidence-based interventions into systems of care.

Dr. Elizabeth Carpenter Song is a medical and psychological anthropologist. Her work involves engaging with individuals, families, and communities to learn about the lived experiences and meanings of mental health problems and how people engage with mental health services. She uses ethnographic and qualitative methods to provide insight into a range of issues, including people’s reluctance to engage in mental health services, pathways into recovery, strategies to support people in the wake of homelessness, and persistent inequalities in medical care borne by minority and rural, economically disadvantaged populations. Dr. Carpenter-Song also examines the cultures of medicine and psychiatry in the United States, particularly in relation to the production and mitigation of health inequalities. Her long-term goal is to apply anthropological approaches to make mental health services more patient-centered and more acceptable to vulnerable populations. She is deeply committed to making qualitative methods accessible and relevant to mental health researchers and clinicians. She collaborates closely with colleagues to integrate anthropological qualitative methods into the program of research at the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, designing and implementing qualitative studies to ensure the successful collection and analysis of rich qualitative data to complement and augment ongoing effectiveness and implementation research and intervention development

Dr. Mark McGovern is a Professor of Psychiatry, of Community & Family Medicine, and of The Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Lebanon New Hampshire USA. His clinical practice is based at the Hanover Psychiatry, and his scientific program is focused on behavioral health services and implementation research.