ABOUT THIS COLLECTION

Each year, the Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center (iSPARC) releases its annual report to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (Mass DMH). The purpose of this report is to provide an update on iSPARC’s progress towards its commitments to Mass DMH. The report provides an in-depth looking into the yearly work conducted at iSPARC, including updates on research, publications, new faculty, and more.

QUESTIONS?

Contact Dee Logan, UMass Chan Psychiatry - Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center, Deirdre.Logan@umassmed.edu with your questions.

Recently Published

  • iSPARC 2023 Annual Report to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

    Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center (2023-10-01)
    Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) was a year of great growth for iSPARC. Our Center continued to adapt to the changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic and not only sustained our work but began to flourish again. We welcomed six new members to our faculty. With each new addition to our Center, we were attentive to engaging colleagues who embody the mission and values of iSPARC and DMH.
  • iSPARC 2022 Annual Report to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

    Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center (2022-10-01)
    Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) was a year of great growth for iSPARC. We continued to adapt to the changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic and not only sustained our work but began to flourish again. We welcomed two new members to our faculty – Drs. Xiaoduo Fan and Dara Drawbridge. Additionally, we successfully recruited two new postdoctoral fellows into a pipeline specifically designed to train and retain promising early-stage investigators in the field of public mental health research. With each new addition to our Center, we were attentive to engaging colleagues who live and breathe the mission and values of iSPARC and DMH.
  • iSPARC 2021 Annual Report to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

    Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center (2021-10-01)
    Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) has been a uniquely challenging year – for our Center, for the surrounding community, and for the world at large. In March 2020, most of us never would have predicted that, a full year later, the COVID-19 pandemic would still be dictating our work and personal lives. The continuation of the pandemic has meant that iSPARC staff and faculty spent this entire fiscal year working on a primarily remote basis. Not only did our Center survive these newly imposed conditions, but we have thrived at moving forward our programs of research while simultaneously adapting to our new standard of work life. In essence, this year has been a critical lesson for iSPARC in how to effectively “work together, apart.”
  • iSPARC 2020 Annual Report to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

    Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center (2020-10-01)
    In Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20), iSPARC continued to leverage DMH’s investment to rapidly translate findings from mental health services and implementation research into best practices for individuals with lived experience, their families, and the providers who serve them across our great Commonwealth. These successes were maintained throughout a particularly challenging year for the Commonwealth and the nation—a year in which our lives were upended by a global health pandemic and a national uprising against the ongoing oppression of people of color.
  • iSPARC 2019 Annual Report to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

    Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center (2019-10-01)
    Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) was a strong year for the Center. We are grateful to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) for its support of the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s (UMMS) DMH Research Center of Excellence, the Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center (iSPARC). We continue to leverage the DMH investment to support DMH and its stakeholders in rapidly translating findings from mental health services and implementation research into best practices for individuals with lived experience and their families across our great Commonwealth, particularly those from underrepresented groups.
  • SPARC 2018 Annual Report to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

    Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (2018-10-01)
    Annual report for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) from the Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC). We are grateful to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) for its continued support of the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s (UMMS) DMH Research Center of Excellence, the Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC). We continue to leverage the DMH investment to support innovative, recovery-oriented, state-of-the-art psychosocial and systems research. SPARC conducts research to enhance services, improve the quality of life, and promote recovery for people with behavioral health conditions. Our research involves, informs, and advises individuals with lived experience, their families, providers, administrators and policymakers navigating the behavioral health landscape in the Commonwealth and beyond.
  • Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center 2017 Annual Report to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

    Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (2018-02-21)
    Annual report for fiscal year 2017 from the Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC). We are grateful to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) for its continued support of the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s (UMMS) DMH Research Center of Excellence, the Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC). We continue to leverage the DMH investment to support innovative, recovery-oriented, state-of-the-art psychosocial and systems research. The Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center conducts research to enhance services, improve the quality of life, and promote recovery for people with behavioral health conditions. Our research involves, informs, and advises individuals with lived experience, their families, providers, administrators and policymakers navigating the behavioral health landscape in the Commonwealth and beyond. SPARC was created in 1993 when it was designated a Center of Excellence for Psychosocial and Systems Research by the Massachusetts DMH. Our mission mirrors the DMH commitment to collaborating with other state agencies, individuals with lived mental health experience, families, advocates, providers, and communities. DMH and SPARC are aligned in their vision of promoting mental health through early intervention, treatment, education, policy, and regulation to provide opportunities for citizens of the Commonwealth to live full and productive lives.
  • SPARC 2016 Annual Report to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

    Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (2016-12-15)
    Annual report for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) from the Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC). We are grateful to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) for its continued support of the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s (UMMS) DMH Research Center of Excellence, the Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC). Highlights of Fiscal Year 2016 include 1) A five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to better serve women suffering from perinatal depression; 2) A randomized controlled trial (RCT) to test the effectiveness of an integrated, home-based, intensive antisocial behavior, mental health, and substance use intervention for 17-21 year olds with serious mental illness and justice system involvement; 3) A Transitions Research and Training Center-based internship program for local college students with lived mental health experience; and 4) A new SPARC webinar series that expands the way we inform stakeholders about the latest mental health services research.
  • Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Annual Report to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health 2014-2015

    Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (2015-10-01)
    We are grateful to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) for its continued support of the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s (UMMS) DMH Research Center of Excellence, the Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC). We continue to leverage the DMH investment to support innovative, recovery-oriented, state-of-the-art psychosocial and systems research. Highlights of Fiscal Year 2015 include another increase in research dollars awarded through new grants and contracts, and the end of our three-year Strategic Plan to guide our growth and trajectory over the coming years. The Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center conducts research to enhance services, improve the quality of life, and promote recovery for people with behavioral health conditions. Our research informs and advises individuals with lived experience and their families, providers, administrators and policy-makers navigating the behavioral health landscape in the Commonwealth and beyond. SPARC was created in 1993 when it was designated a Center of Excellence for Psychosocial and Systems Research by the Massachusetts DMH. Our mission mirrors the DMH commitment to collaborating with other state agencies, consumers, families, advocates, providers, and communities. DMH and SPARC are aligned in their vision of promoting mental health through early intervention, treatment, education, policy, and regulation to provide opportunities for citizens of the Commonwealth to live full and productive lives.
  • SPARC 2014 Annual Report to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

    Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (2015-01-15)
    Annual report for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) from the Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC). We are grateful to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health for its continued support of the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s (UMMS) DMH Research Center of Excellence, the Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC) (formerly the Center for Mental Health Services Research [CMHSR]). We continue to leverage the DMH investment to support innovative, recovery-oriented, state-of-the-art psychosocial and systems research. Highlights of Fiscal Year 2014 include an increase in research dollars awarded through new grants and contracts, and continuation of our three-year Strategic Plan to guide our growth and trajectory over the coming years.
  • Center for Mental Health Services Research (CMHSR) 2013 Annual Report to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

    Center for Mental Health Services Research (2013-11-18)
    Annual report for Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) from the Center for Mental Health Services Research (CMHSR). We are grateful to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health for its continued support of the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s (UMMS) DMH Research Center of Excellence, the Center for Mental Health Services Research (CMHSR). We continue to leverage the DMH investment into innovative, recovery-oriented, state-of-the-art psychosocial and systems research. Highlights of Fiscal Year 2013 include an increase in research dollars awarded through new grants and contracts and launching our three-year Strategic Plan to guide our growth and trajectory over the coming years.
  • CMHSR 2012 Annual Report to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

    Center for Mental Health Services Research (2012-11-08)
    Annual report for Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) from the Center for Mental Health Services Research (CMHSR). Highlights of Fiscal Year 2012 include an increase in the number of research grants and contracts awarded and launching new initiatives including a strategic planning process to guide our growth and trajectory over the coming years. DMH and UMMS Psychiatry leadership partnered with CMHSR faculty to sharpen our focus on research priorities that support the DMH mission to provide the best possible patient-centered, recovery-oriented care to those it serves. Under the leadership of our Director, Dr. Carl Fulwiler, his Executive Team, and the guidance of the Chair, Dr. Doug Ziedonis, and Vice Chair, Dr. David Smelson, of Psychiatry the Center embarked on new partnerships within and outside of UMMS, sought to enhance and diversify our funding base, and revisited the core vision, mission and values of the Center. We have received research and training dollars from new federal funders, developed new partnerships resulting in grant submissions and awards, and have begun to create capacity in new arenas of psychosocial and systems research, most significantly recovery supports and trauma-informed care.
  • CMHSR 2011 Annual Report to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

    Center for Mental Health Services Research (2011-10-01)
    Annual report for Fiscal Year 2011 (FY11) from the Center for Mental Health Services Research (CMHSR). We are grateful to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health for its continued support of the UMMS DMH Research Center of Excellence. Fiscal Year 2011 was another successful year for external funding. Our ratio of DMH investment dollars to research award funding continues to grow. Highlights of FY 2011 include: 3.3 million dollars in new research funding; 15 new research grants awarded; 29 grant submissions.
  • CMHSR 2010 Annual Report to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

    Center for Mental Health Services Research (2010-12-17)
    Annual report for Fiscal Year 2010 (FY10) from the Center for Mental Health Services Research (CMHSR). We are grateful to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health for its continued support of the UMMS DMH Research Center of Excellence. Fiscal Year 2010 was the most successful year for external funding since the inception of the Center for Mental Health Services Research (CMHSR). Highlights include: 7.5 million dollars in new research funding awarded, an increase from 5.4 million dollars in Fiscal Year 2009; 13 new research grants awarded, including three ARRA Grants; 33 grant submissions.
  • CMHSR 2009 Annual Report to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

    Center for Mental Health Services Research (2009-12-01)
    Annual report for Fiscal Year 2009 (FY09) from the Center for Mental Health Services Research (CMHSR). We are grateful to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health for its continued support of the UMMS DMH Research Center of Excellence which led to an excellent Fiscal Year 2009 for CMHSR. Highlights include: 5.4 million dollars in new research funding awarded, an increase from 2.7 million dollars in Fiscal Year 2008; 13 new research grants awarded; 31 grant submissions, including eight Federal ARRA Grants.
  • CMHSR 2008 Annual Report to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

    Center for Mental Health Services Research (2008-12-01)
    Annual report for Fiscal Year 2008 (FY08) from the Center for Mental Health Services Research (CMHSR). We have made great progress toward the overall goals we proposed in our response to DMH’s RFR issued almost two years ago. These included: increased consumer involvement and voice in CMHSR research; substantially expanded work on multicultural issues in mental health services; continued growth of external funding; and, improved mechanisms for disseminating research findings to DMH staff, consumers, and vendors.
  • CMHSR 2007 Annual Report to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

    Center for Mental Health Services Research (2007-12-01)
    Fiscal year 2007 has been a year of transition and great progress for the University of Massachusetts DMH Research Center for Excellence - The Center for Mental Health Services Research (CMHSR). It was a year in which our contract with DMH ended and was again put out to bid. The bidding process was an opportunity for us to rethink and strengthen our work with DMH and our priorities. The DMH RFR emphasized the importance of consumer involvement in research as well as addressing the many multicultural issues that affect the delivery of and access to mental health services. Our response to the RFR highlighted our considerable consumer involvement both as staff at the Center and as staff and advisors to individual projects, and the creation of new structures within the Center to protect and emphasize the consumer voice in our work. DMH’s investment in the multicultural issues of mental health services provides great opportunity for us to expand our work in this area with new faculty and research projects. Most notably, we have hired three full-time faculty members whose research focuses on multicultural issues. Thus, in addition to the full-time multicultural specialist that the RFR requested, we recruited both a full-time psychiatrist whose research focuses on trauma and the Latina population, and a faculty researcher working on addiction problems among Asian-Americans with mental illness.
  • CMHSR 2006 Annual Report to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

    Center for Mental Health Services Research (2006-09-20)
    Throughout Fiscal Year 2006 (FY06) the Center for Mental Health Services Research maintained and strengthened its reputation as an internationally recognized research center as well as continued a strong collaborative relationship with the Department of Mental Health. Below is an overview of CMHSR accomplishments. Section One: Compares the accomplishments of Fiscal Year 2006 to both the benchmarks for achievement identified in the DMH contract, and to the accomplishments reported in the Fiscal Year 2005 DMH Annual Report. Section Two: Briefly describes our collaborative work with DMH. Section Three: Showcases the awards that indicate CMHSR’s growing status in the field. Section Four: Demonstrates how CMHSR has disseminated information on its work.
  • CMHSR 2005 Annual Report to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

    Center for Mental Health Services Research (2005-11-07)
    We are extremely pleased to present this annual report to DMH on the activities of its UMass Center for Excellence in Fiscal Year 2005 (FY05). The Center for Mental Health Services Research (CMHSR) has continued to flourish and expand its scope of work with DMH, its vendors, and other public sector agencies both within Massachusetts and beyond. The reputation of the Center and its faculty has also continued to grow locally, nationally and internationally. Our work with DMH leadership has become increasingly fruitful and beneficial to our research and service goals. And, of course, our basic research has continued to expand with a series of major new grants applied for during 2005, several of which have come to fruition since the end of the year.