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.
Dr. Karver will be recruiting graduate students for Fall 2019. Applicants should consider the following areas of interest: (1) transforming mental health delivery systems into family-focused and family-driven systems (Aim 4), AND/OR (2) providing evidence-based suicide prevention training to mental health professionals (MHPs) in an attempt to enhance MHP knowledge, skills, and positive attitudes toward working with suicidal clients and effectively managing their risk of suicide (Aim 7), AND/OR (3) studying systems and building the necessary infrastructure (community partnerships) to implement suicide prevention programs and initiatives (Aim 8).