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Corinne's now Dr. Kacmarek!

Yes, Corinne graduated with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from American University on Sunday May 8! Brian and the Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at AU hooded her on stage in Bender Arena. Congratuations Corinne!


PERL “lab crawl” video

In response to our Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and Undergraduate Program Director Dr. Laura Duval, here’s a brief video on our lab. It’s got too much about our Director but more about what the lab’s done over the years...

brief video for bio and Program Evaluation Research Lab (PERL)

PERL publications 2020-2022 … so far!

We’ve had a string of publications in the past few years, including two MA theses! Here’s a full list to date… watch this space for more, as we’re by no means done with 2022!

  1. Yates, B. T. (2020). Research on improving outcomes and reducing costs of psychological interventions: Toward delivering the best to the most for the least. In T. Widiger (Ed.), Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 16, 125-150. Palo Alto, CA: Annual Reviews. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-071519-110415 impact factor of Annual Review of Clinical Psychology is 13.69
  2. Kacmarek, C. N., Yates, B. T., Nich, C., & Kiluk, B. D. (2021). A pilot economic evaluation of computerized cognitive behavioral therapy for alcohol use disorder as an addition and alternative to traditional therapy. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 45(5), 1109-1121. doi.org/10.1111/acer.14601
  3. Wasil, A. R., Kacmarek, C. N., Osborne, T. L., Palermo, E., DeRubies, R. J., Weiss, J. R., & Yates, B. T. (2021). Economic evaluation of an online single-session intervention for depression in Kenyan adolescents. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 89(9), 657-667.
  4. Yates, B. T. (2021). Toward collaborative cost-inclusive evaluation: Adaptations and transformations for evaluators and economists. Evaluation and Program Planning, 89. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2021.101993
  5. McCutchan, P., Yates, B. T., Jobes, D. A., Kerbrat, A. H., & Comtois, K. A. (2022). Costs, benefits, and cost-benefit of collaborative assessment and management of suicidality versus enhanced treatment as usual. PLoS ONE, 17(2),1-17 e0262592. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0262592
  6. Yates, B. T. (in press). Program evaluation: Outcomes and costs of putting psychology to work. In H. Cooper (Ed.-in-Chief), M. Coutanche, L. M. McMullen, A. T. Panter, D. Rindskopf, & K. Sher (Assoc. Eds.), APA handbook of research methods in psychology (2nd ed.): Vol. 2. Research designs: Quantitative, qualitative, neuropsychological, and biological. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

PERL presentations at AEA 2021

At the 2021 virtual conference of the American Evaluation Association (http://www.eval.org), Corinne, Salman, and Brian made one presentation and Brian made another. We were joined in the first of these by Jess Kali, Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist at the Freedom House Emergency Assistance Program.

These presentations were actually pretty competitively peer-reviewed, with only 2 presentations being allowed for most Topical Interest Groups (TIGs) by AEA. 

  • Yates, B. T., Kacmarek, C., Alkalifa, S. H., & Kali, J. (2021 November 4). People tell me, “Cost-effectiveness analysis and cost-benefit analysis are not forms of program evaluation!” 45-minute paper presentations. American Evaluation Association annual conference, virtual.
  • Yates, B. T. (2021 November 2). The evolution of cost-inclusive evaluation: Toward evaluations that have maximum use and impact. [45-minute Expert Lecture]. American Evaluation Association annual conference, virtual.


PERL presentations at ABCT 2021

At the 2021 virtual conference of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT; http://www.abct.org), Corinne and Brian made one presentation with colleague Brian Kiluk of Yale University School of Medicine, and Corinne and colleague Akash Wasil of the University of Pennysylvania Department of Psychology invited Brian and experts in the implementation science community to join in a conversation. These were pretty competitively peer-reviewed, with only 2 Research Spotlights being allowed for the entire ABCT conference.

  • Wasil, A. R., Dopp, A. R., de Nadai, A. S., Yates, B. T. , Kacmarek, C. N., & Cidav, Z. (2021 November 21). Maximizing the societal value of CBT: How economic evaluations can improve the implementation and dissemination of cognitive and behavioral therapies. [Panel discussion]. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, annual conference, virtual.
  • Yates, B. T., Kacmarek, C. N., & Kiluk, B. D. (2021 November 20). Championing CBT with a research framework for investigating the cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit of different delivery systems for CBTs [Spotlight Research presentation]. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, annual conference, virtual.

Corinne’s thesis published!

Congratulations Corinne! We just got word today that Corinne’s thesis is officially in press, to be available onlie with a doi within the next few days. Here’s the citation so far:

Kacmarek, C. N., Yates, B. T., Nich, C., & Kiluk, B. D. (2021). A pilot economic evaluation of computerized cognitive behavioral therapy for alcohol use disorder as an addition and alternative to traditional therapy. 

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 45(5), 1109-1121

 doi.org/10.1111/acer.14601


presentations by Alexis, Phoebe, Corinne, at ABCT 2020

French, A., Yates, B. T., "Costs, Cost-Effectiveness, and Cost-Benefit of Attachment Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC) Intervention," Annual meeting fo the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), ABCT, Philadelphia (virtually). Scope: International. Refereed. (November 20, 2020)


McCutchan, P. K., Yates, B. T., Jobes, D., "Cost, Cost-Effectiveness, and Cost-Benefit of Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality versus Enhanced Care as Usual in an Active Duty Military Population," annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), ABCT, Philadelphia, PA (virtually). Scope: International. Refereed. (November 20, 2020)


Kacmarek, C. N., Yates, B. T., "Do the Benefits Outweigh the Costs? Computerized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Compared to Standard Treatment for Alcohol Use Do the Benefits Outweigh the Costs? Computerized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Compared to Standard Treatment for Alcohol Use," annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), ABCT, Philadelphia, PA (virtually). Scope: International. Refereed. (November 20, 2020)


Wasil, A., Osborn, T., Yates, B. T., DeRubeis, R., "Evaluating the cost-effectiveness of an online single-session intervention for depression among Kenyan adolescents," annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), ABCT, Philadelphia, PA (virtually). Scope: International. Refereed. (November 20, 2020)

Alexis, Phoebe, Corinne, Brian, and colleagues presented at ABCT 2020

Symposia Cost-Effectiveness and Cost-Benefit Analyses of CBT and Alternative Interventions for Childhood Attachment, Anxiety, Depression, Alcohol Abuse, and Suicide Prevention: Methods as Well as Findings was presented at ABCT's 54th Annual Convention  held virtually, with great attendance, Friday November 20, 2020.

This symposium proposed and chaired by Dr. Brian Yates included presentations of thesis and dissertation research conducted at PERL by Alexis French, Phoebe McCutchan, Corinne Kacmarek, and by colleagues Dr. Alessandro De Nadai (Texas State University) and Akash Wasil (University of Pennsylvania). Dr. Michael Freed (NIMH, former PERL member!)servde as Discussant. All presentations were pre-recorded and remaining available on the ABCT conference website for some time.

According to ABCT tech support, 229 people attended the symposium at its start. Hopefully, even more eventually got to see and hear our presentations!

Brian gives invited colloquia at Yale, U Delaware

In March and April, Brian gave invited colloquia to the clinical psychology programs at Yale University (in New Haven CT) and at the University of Delaware (in Newark DE).

Both colloquia were titled, “Improving Outcomes and Reducing Costs of Psychological Interventions: Toward Delivering the Best to the Most for the Least."

Jay is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at BU School of Medicine

Yes, aluma Dr. Jay Gorman is now an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine. Congrats, Jay!

2013 November 18: Clubhouse model being researched by Jay Gorman, Kathleen Calcerano, and Brian Yates featured in SAMHSA” Behavioral Health 2012”

http://www.samhsa.gov/data/2012BehavioralHealthUS/2012-BHUS.pdf


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