Improving the Mental Health of Children and Adolescents
The Alliance & Suicide Prevention lab is headed by Dr. Marc Karver. His primary research interest is the evaluation and improvement of mental health services and systems for children and adolescents. Dr. Karver's research focuses on three areas that define quality mental health services: 1) structure (the characteristics of mental health institutions and service delivery systems that have the potential to lead to positive outcomes – e.g., school-based counseling, school-based prevention services), 2) the measurement of treatment processes (what occurs during treatment that can lead to positive outcomes), and 3) outcomes (both positive and maladaptive). The goal of the work done in his lab is ultimately to learn how to improve the services provided by experienced clinicians and to discover more effective ways to train novice clinicians.