Behavioral and Mental Health

Exploring veterans' resilience during natural disasters

With millions of veterans reliant on services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the ability of the agency to effectively serve veterans during national emergencies is...

Finding how best to support family caregivers

The National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) provides a range of assistance to people caring for an elderly parent, spouse, or other family member. This support can range from...

What stops veterans' access to mental health services?

Following the large number of deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, the incidence of mental health disorders has increased among veterans. These disorders include post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, substance...

Using the PATH Study to see how regulating tobacco products affects behavior and health

On September 19, 2011, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) initiated a prospective, longitudinal cohort study to assess tobacco use behaviors and health...

Surveying for health-related risk behaviors in Santa Clara County

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the world’s largest, ongoing telephone health survey system. It is coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The...

Surveying substance use disorders and treatment services in Minnesota

The Minnesota Survey on Adult Substance Use (MNSASU) measures the prevalence of substance use disorders and depression among Minnesotans. It collects information for the entire state and for groups...

Improving national sexual assault statistics

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has hired Westat to test different methods for collecting self-reports of sexual assault, a crime that has proved difficult to measure in surveys...

Evaluating and improving vocational rehabilitation

Many people have physical or mental health problems that make it difficult to get a job or keep a job. State vocational rehabilitation (VR) programs provide counseling, medical care,...

Evaluating Protect MiFamily

To help keep children safe in their own homes and improve child well-being and family functioning, the Michigan Department of Human Services’ Protect MiFamily program provides intensive and innovative...

Examining the health habits of teens and their parents

What influence does home environment, neighborhood, and the wider community have on diet and exercise habits of today’s teenagers? How do parents’ and teens’ attitudes toward healthy foods affect...

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