June 2006

Grant Results

SUMMARY

In 1995, researchers at Northwestern University launched the Northwestern Juvenile Project, a longitudinal survey tracking the health care needs and outcomes of youth from the Cook County (Chicago) juvenile justice system.

In 2003, Northwestern established a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at its Feinberg School of Medicine to train a recent Ph.D. recipient in the skills necessary to study high-risk populations.

Key Results

  • The fellow, Jason Washburn, Ph.D., co-wrote four journal articles and papers for eight presentations at professional meetings during his fellowship.

Funding
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), which had provided partial support for the Northwestern Juvenile Project (see Grant Results on ID# 041942), provided an unsolicited grant of $129,999 to support the fellowship.

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THE PROBLEM

Most graduate students receive little training on how to study high-risk populations, according to Linda Teplin, Ph.D., the director of the Northwestern Juvenile Project. Few are exposed to the administrative and organizational requirements of conducting an ongoing research operation of the scope and magnitude of the Northwestern Juvenile Project. Even fewer have the opportunity to work with large longitudinal datasets.

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THE PROJECT

The RWJF grant provided funding for Northwestern to establish a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at its Feinberg School of Medicine to train a recent Ph.D. recipient in the skills necessary to study high-risk populations.

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RESULTS

Northwestern awarded the fellowship to Jason Washburn, Ph.D. Washburn joined the research team of the National Juvenile Project.

The project developed and implemented a postdoctoral training program that included:

  • Conference and meeting attendance.
  • Training in advanced statistical methods.
  • Exposure to teaching.
  • Mentoring in grant proposal preparation and journal publication.

Washburn co-wrote four journal articles and papers for eight presentations at professional meetings during his fellowship. See the Bibliography for details.

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LESSONS LEARNED

  1. Provide a wide range of experiences to postdoctoral students, including teaching, research and grant preparation. (Project Director)
  2. Teach strategic thinking about the presentation of research results in order to influence policy, such as publishing in mainstream (as opposed to specialty) journals; discussing findings in the context of larger public health issues; and collaborating with federal agencies and private organizations that disseminate information to people who work in the field and make public policy. (Project Director)

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AFTER THE GRANT

Following completion of his postdoctoral training, Washburn assisted in the development of grant application to the federal Department of Justice for ongoing support of the Northwestern Juvenile Project.

The Northwestern Juvenile Project is also submitting two grant applications to the National Institute on Drug Abuse for projects on which Washburn would be an investigator.

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GRANT DETAILS & CONTACT INFORMATION

Project

Analysis of Data on Adolescent Substance Abuse and Delinquency

Grantee

Northwestern University Medical School (Chicago,  IL)

  • Amount: $ 129,999
    Dates: February 2003 to August 2005
    ID#:  046695

Contact

Linda A. Teplin, Ph.D.
(312) 503-3500
l-teplin@northwestern.edu

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

(Current as of date of this report; as provided by grantee organization; not verified by RWJF; items not available from RWJF.)

Articles

Abram KM, Teplin LA, Charles DR, Longworth SL, McClelland GM, and Dulcan MK. "Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma in Youth in Juvenile Detention." Archives of General Psychiatry, 61(4): 403–410, 2004. Available online.

Teplin LA, Elkington KS, McClelland GM, Abram KM, Mericle AA and Washburn JJ. "Major Mental Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, Comorbidity, and HIV/AIDS Risk Behaviors in Juvenile Detainees." Psychiatric Services, 56(7): 823–828, 2005. Abstract available online.

Teplin LA, Abram KM, McClelland GM, Washburn JJ and Pikus AK. "Detecting Mental Disorder in Juvenile Detainees: Who Receives Services." American Journal of Public Health, 95(10): 1773–1780, 2005. Abstract available online.

Teplin LA, Abram KM, McClelland GM, Dulcan MK and Mericle AA. "Psychiatric Disorders of Youth in Juvenile Detention." Archives of General Psychiatry, 59(12): 1133–1143, 2002. Abstract available online.

Teplin LA, Abram KM, McClelland GM, Mericle AA, Dulcan MK, and Washburn JJ. "Psychiatric Disorders of Youth in Detention." OJJDP Juvenile Justice Bulletin, April 2006. Available online.

Abram KM, Teplin LA, Charles DR, Longworth SL, McClelland GM, Dulcan MK, and Washburn JJ. "Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma in Youth in Juvenile Detention." OJJDP Juvenile Justice Bulletin. In press.

Presentations and Testimony

Jason J Washburn, Linda A Teplin, Karen M Abram and Gary M McClelland. Detecting Mental Ddisorder in Delinquent Youth: Community and Correctional Systems. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, August 2005.

Jason J Washburn, Linda A Teplin, Karen M Abram and Gary M McClelland. Use of Services for Substance Abuse among Juvenile Delinquents with and Without Substance Use Disorder. Poster presented at the NIDA/APA Early Career Investigators Poster Session at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, August 2005.

Linda A Teplin, Gary M McClelland, Karen M Abram and Jason J Washburn. Early Violent Death in Delinquent Youth: A Prospective Longitudinal Study. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society, La Jolla, Calif., March 2005.

Jason J Washburn, GM McClelland, Linda A Teplin et al. Development of Substance Use Disorders in Delinquent Youth. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society, La Jolla, Calif., March 2005.

Jason J Washburn and Linda A Teplin. Mental Health, Substance Use, and Other Problem Behaviors among Juvenile Detainees: Results from the Northwestern Juvenile Project. Paper presented at the Center for the Advancement of Research, Training and Education's Juvenile Justice and Mental Health Symposium, Loyola University, Chicago, December 2004.

Jason J Washburn, Karen M Abram, Gary M McClelland and Linda A Teplin. Disparities in the Provision of Mental Health Services among Juvenile Detainees. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Washington, November 2004. Available online.

Jason J Washburn, Karen M Abram, Linda A Teplin and Gary M McClelland. Development of Disorders among Juvenile Detainees: A Three-Year Follow-Up. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, August 2004.

Linda A Teplin, Karen M Abram, Gary M McClelland, Ann K Pikus and Jason J Washburn. Service Utilization in Juvenile Detainees: Who Receives Mental Health Treatment? Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society, Scottsdale, Ariz., March 2004.

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Report prepared by: Donna Lloyd-Kolkin
Reviewed by: Robert Narus
Reviewed by: Molly McKaughan
Program Officer: Kristin B. Schubert