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ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH

 
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RESEARCH INTERESTS

I am pursuing a program of implementation research focused on reducing mental health disparities for vulnerable youth and families. My research rests on three principles (a) prioritize research-practice partnerships in the design and delivery of services; (b) identify low-cost ways to disseminate evidence-based practices in communities of need, using indigenous resources; and (c) attend closely to workforce and organizational factors that support feasibility, effective implementation, and sustainability of evidence based practice.

 
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FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS

R21; 1R21MH126242-01                                           

Loma Linda University                           

“Unpacking the Black Box of Problem-Solving: Dosage, Delivery, Culture, and Impact on Internalizing Problems for Adolescents”

  • Role: MPI Boustani / Frazier

  • Community Partners: San Bernardino City Unified School District; Miami Dade County Parks & Recreation; El Sol Neighborhood Center

With an advisory board of scientific and community experts, we will (1) examine differences across programs and outcomes, to (2) develop a Best Practice Problem Solving Resource TIPS (Teach It Plain and Simple) and receive feedback about it from school counselors, after school providers, and community health workers in underserved and under-resourced settings.


Varda Shoham Clinical Science Training Initiative   

Loma Linda University                                                                                             

“Expanding a clinical practicum training experience for graduate students to deliver universal DBT skills in an underserved continuation high school”

  • Role: Principal Investigator

  • Community Partner: San Bernardino City Unified School District

The goal of this project is to provide universal DBT skills training to graduate students and community partners to implement a universal, classroom-based DBT skills program in a continuation high school located in a severely underserved community.


Seed Grant (LLU)                                                     

Loma Linda University                                                                                              

“Helping those who help others: A needs assessment to understand stress, burnout, and coping skills of community health workers providing services to underserved children and families”

  • Role: Principal Investigator

  • Community Partner: San Bernardino City Unified School District, Promotores Academy, Institute for Community Partnerships, El Sol Neighborhood Center

The goal of this study is to gain a better understanding of the sources of stress and burnout among community health workers, and their coping skills. 


Grants for Research & School Partnerships               

Loma Linda University                                                                                               

“Youth Alternative Solutions Program: Developing and testing the effectiveness of an innovative program to reduce substance use involvement in youth living in an underserved community”

The goal of this study is to study the impact and explore ways to enhance an existing community-based substance use prevention program 

  • Role: co-Principal Investigator with Sigrid Burruss, MD (Loma Linda University)

  • Community Partner: Youth Alternative Solutions Program (in collaboration with San Bernardino City Unified School District and San Bernardino Probation Department)


Seed Grant (LLU)                                                     

Loma Linda University                                   

“SOARING from the lab to the community: Implementing core DBT-based skills programming to promote mental health for at-risk adolescents residing in an underserved community.”

  • Role: Principal Investigator

  • Community Partner: San Bernardino City Unified School District

The goal of this study is to implement mental health services in a high-risk continuation school for youth at-risk for self-harm or suicidal ideation. 


NSF; 1423260                                                            

Florida International University                                                                              

“Advanced Design Principles for Computer Simulated Agents”

  • Role: Co-Principal Investigator, with Christine Lisetti, PhD (Florida International University

The goal of this study is to develop and engage in preliminary testing of using a simulated computer agent to deliver Motivational Interviewing to individuals with problematic alcohol abuse.

 
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PUBLICATIONS

Please email me for a copy of any of these publications. 

Banayan, T., Marin, D., Krantz, M. & Boustani, M. M. (in preparation). Exploring Resiliency Effects of Growth Mindset in Education.


Hodgins, J., Lisetti, C., Boustani, M. M. (in preparation). Consumer perceptions of an online brief motivational interviewing intervention for alcohol misuse using a digital health agent


Marin, D., Bashoura, D., Jutzy, H., & Boustani, M. M. (under review). Impact of COVID-19 on Community Health Workers: Qualitative Analyses of Semi-Structured Interviews.


Mazzone, E., Antommarchi, C., Bagnara, G., Jutzy, H., Alido, A. & Boustani, M. M. (under review). School-based Opportunities for Adolescent Recovery (SOARing): The acceptability and feasibility of a DBT Skill training program for at-risk adolescents.


Gellatly, R., Knudsen, K., Boustani, M. M., Micehlson, D, Malik, K., Mathur, S., Patel, V., & Chorpita, B. (under review). A Qualitative Analysis of Collaborative Efforts to Build a Multi-Problem, School-Based Intervention for Common Adolescent Mental Health Difficulties in India.


​Knudsen, K. S., Becker, K. D., Guan, K., Gellatly, R., Patel, V., Malik, K., Boustani, M. M., Mathur, S., & Chorpita, B. (2022). A pilot study to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of training mental health workers in India to select case-specific intervention procedures within a dynamic modular treatment designed for a low-resource setting. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. https://doi.org/10.1111/jep.13623


Chu, W., Becker, K.D., Boustani, M.M., Park, A.L., & Chorpita, B.F. (2022). Is it easy to use and useful? Mental health professionals’ perspectives inform development of a novel treatment engagement system for youth mental health services. Cognitive & Behavioral Practice. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpra.2021.11.003


Boustani, M. M., Polceanu, M., Lunn, S. & Lisetti, C. (2021). Development, feasibility, acceptability, and utility of an expressive speech-enabled digital health agent to deliver online brief motivational interviewing for alcohol misuse. Journal of Medical Internet Research. https://www.jmir.org/2021/9/e25837


Boustani, M. M., Daleiden, E., Bernstein, A., Michelson, D., Gellatly, R., Malik, K., Patel, V., & Chorpita, B. (2020). Using Relevance Mapping Methodology to Design an Adolescent Mental Health Intervention in India. Global Health Action. https://doi.org/10.1080/16549716.2020.1775062


Boustani, M. M., Frazier, S. L., *Chu, W., *Lesperance, N., Becker, K., Helseth, S., Hedemann, E. R., Ogle, R. R., & Chorpita, B. F. (2020). Common elements of universal childhood prevention programming. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. 47(3), 475-486. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10488-019-00994-3


Schueller, S. & Boustani, M. M. (2020) Applications of Translation and Implementation Science: An Introduction to a Special Issue. Journal of Community Psychology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22340


*Wesley, K., Becker, K. D., Boustani, M. M., Chorpita, B. F. (2020). Knowing what to do and when to do it: Mental health professionals and the evidence base for treatment engagement. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10488-020-01067-  


Chorpita, B.C., Daleiden, E. L., Malik, K., Gellatly, R., Boustani, M. M., Michelson, D., Knudson, K., Mathur, S., & Patel, V. (2020). Design process and protocol description for a multi-problem mental health intervention within a stepped care approach for adolescents in India. Behavior Research and Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2020.103698


Michelson, D., Malik, K., Krishna, M., Sharma, R., Mathur, S., Bhat, B., Parikh, R., Roy, K., Joshi, A., Sahu, R., Chilhate, B., Boustani, M., Cuijpers, P., Chorpita, B., Fairburn, C., & Patel, V., (2020). Development of a transdiagnostic, low-intensity, psychological intervention for common adolescent mental health problems in Indian secondary schools. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 130, 103439-. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2019.103439


Park, A. L., Boustani, M. M., Saifan, D, Gellatly, R., … & Chorpita, B. F. (2019). Community mental health professionals’ perceptions about engaging underserved populations. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 47, 366-379. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10488-019-00994-3


Park, A. L., Becker, K. D., Boustani, M. M., & Chorpita, B. F. (2019). Decision-making in mental health care: Measuring provider and supervisor use of evidence. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 47, 344-356. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10488-019-00989-0


Rith-Najarian, L., Boustani, M. M., & Chorpita (2019). A systematic review of prevention programs targeting depression, anxiety, and stress in university students. Journal of Affective Disorders, 257, 568-584. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2019.06.035


Becker, K., Park, A., Boustani, M. M., & Chorpita, B. F. (2019). A pilot study to examine the feasibility and acceptability of a coordinated intervention design to address treatment engagement challenges in school mental health services. Journal of School Psychology, 76, 78-88. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsp.2019.07.013


Guan, K., Boustani, M.M., & Chorpita, B.F. (2019). “Teaching moments” in psychotherapy: Addressing emergent life events using strategies from a modular evidence-based treatment. Behavior Therapy.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2018.03.014


Becker, K. D., Boustani, M. M., Gellatly, R. & Chorpita, B. F. (2018). Forty years of Engagement Research in Children’s Mental Health Services:  Multidimensional Measurement and Practice Elements. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 50(1), 101-114. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/15374416.2017.1326121  


Boustani, M. M., Gellatly, R., Westman, J., Chorpita, B. (2017). Advances in Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Design: Time for a Glossary. The Behavior Therapist. 40(6), 199-208. http://www.abct.org/docs/PastIssue/40n6.pdf


Boustani, M. M., Frazier, S. L., & *Lesperance N. (2017) Sexual health prevention programming for youth in or at-risk for foster care: Improving knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. Child and Youth Services Review. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.01.013


Maríñez-Lora, A. M., Boustani, M. M., Del Busto, C., & Leone, C. (2016). A framework for translating an evidence-based intervention from English to Spanish. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 38(1), 117-133.  doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0739986315612769


Boustani, M. M., Frazier, S. L., Becker, K., Bechor, M., Dinizulu, S. M., Hedemann, E. R et al. (2015). Common elements of adolescent prevention programming: Minimizing burden while maximizing the reach. Administration and Policy in Mental Health, 42(2), 209-219. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10488-014-0541-9  


  1. Boustani, M. M., Frazier, S. L., Hartley, C., Meinzer, M., & Hedemann, E. (2015). Perceived benefits and proposed solutions for teen pregnancy: Qualitative interviews with youth care workers. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 85(1), 80-92. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ort0000040


Dakof, G.A., Henderson, C.S., Rowe, C. L, Boustani, M., Greenbaum, P., Wang, W., Hawes, S., Linares, C., & Liddle, H. A. (2015). A Randomized Clinical Trial of Family Therapy in Juvenile Drug Court. Journal of Family Psychology, 29(2), 232-241. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/fam0000053


Frazier, S. L., Dinizulu, S. M., Rusch, D., Boustani, M. M., Mehta, T. G., & Reitz, K. (2014). Building resilience after school for early adolescents in urban poverty: Open trial of Leaders @ Play. Administration and Policy in Mental Health, 42(6), 723-736. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10488-014-0608-7


Dinizulu, M. D., Grant, K. E., Bryant, F. B., Boustani, M. M., Tyler, D. & McIntosh, J. M. (2013). Parent-child attachment and nondisclosure as mediators of the effects of exposure to community violence on psychological distress. American Journal of Community Psychology, 43(1), 41-61. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10566-013-9224-z


Dakof, G. A., Cohen, J. B., Henderson, C. E., Duarte, E., Boustani, M., & Blackburn, A., et al. (2010). A randomized pilot study of the engaging moms program for family drug court. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 38, 263-274. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsat.2010.01.002


Book Chapters


Boustani, M.M., Reagan, J., & Stanick, C. (in press). Modular CBT for youth: Principles and guides. In R. D. Friedburg  & B. J. Nakamura (Eds). Tradition and Innovation in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Youth. Springer International Publishing.


Boustani, M. M., Henderson, C. E., & Liddle, H. A. (2019). Family-based treatments for adolescent substance abuse: How scientific advances yield new developmental challenges. In A. A. Brown & R. A. Zucker (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Adolescent Substance Abuse. http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199735662.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780199735662-e-032


Boustani, M. M. (2019). Howard Liddle. In J. Lebow, A. Chamber, & D. Breunlin (Eds). Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. Springer International Publishing. https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319494234


Henderson, C. E., Boustani, M. M., & Magyar, M. (2018). Families and the juvenile justice system. APA Handbook of Contemporary Family Psychology. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.  https://www.apa.org/pubs/books/4311537.aspx?tab=2


Boustani, M. M. & Henderson, C. E. (2016). Conduct Disorders: Social Factors.  In A. E. Wenzel (Ed) Sage Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. New York: Sage Publications. https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/the-sage-encyclopedia-of-abnormal-and-clinical-psychology/book243472



Policy Briefs


Azmitia, M., Blank, C., Boustani, M. M., Camacho-Thompson, D., Chou, T., Frazier, S., Kim-Gervey, C., Helseth, S., Morton, B. & Shuber, Z. (2020). COVID-19 and the digital divide. Research to Policy Collaborative Policy Brief. Research to Policy Collaborative Newsletter, Issue 8. https://www.research2policy.org/covid19-mitigating-implications-8


Blank, C.*, Boustani, M. M., Helseth, S., Chou, T., & Frazier, S. (2020). COVID-19 and welfare-involved youth. Research to Policy Collaborative Policy Brief. https://www.research2policy.org/covid19-welfare-involved-youth


Boustani, M. M., Blank, C.*, Cumming, M., Goodman, A., Chou, T., Helseth, S., Martinez-Pedraza, F. & Frazier, S. (2020). COVID-19 and youth in special education. Research to Policy Collaborative Policy Brief.


Blank, C.*, Boustani, M. M., Chou, T., Frazier, S., Garuba, M., Helseth, S., Hughes, K., Kontrad, R., & Steck, K. (2020). Mitigating the implications of Coronavirus Pandemic on Families. Research to Policy Collaborative Newsletter, Issue 7. https://www.research2policy.org/covid19-mitigating-the-implications-7



Magazines, Newsletters, Blogs and Other Publications


*Blank, C. & Boustani, M. M. (2020). Stay-at-home orders disproportionately impact youth in or at-risk for foster care. Loma Linda University School of Behavioral Health blog. https://behavioralhealth.llu.edu/blog/stay-home-orders-disproportionately-impact-youth-or-risk-foster-care


Boustani, M.M. (2019). Using Twitter to Cross-Collaborate. Read DIS! Newsletter of the Dissemination and Implementation Science Special Interest Group, 10(2), 9. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HP1W_QAaILI0meU_3n85CzryV8qQyZVY/view


Boustani, M. M. (2019). Helping clinicians engage children and families into therapy. Loma Linda University School of Behavioral Health blog. https://behavioralhealth.llu.edu/blog/helping-clinicians-engage-children-and-families-therapy


Boustani, M.M. (2019). To tweet or not to tweet? Read DIS! Newsletter of the Dissemination and Implementation Science Special Interest Group, 10(1), 5. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lrWRnUXx2sjIzdTU72whyG-O8-999xDS/view?usp=sharing


Boustani, M.M. (2019). Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Loma Linda University School of Behavioral Health blog. https://behavioralhealth.llu.edu/blog/faculty-field-notes-oppositional-defiant-disorder  


Boustani, M. M. (2018). Child, Intervention, Prevention, and Services. Read DIS! Newsletter of the Dissemination and Implementation Science Special Interest Group, 9(1), 12-13. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lsqlfAVT5bRa_P5PH8a2HYTXSW-rXjaY/view?usp=sharing


Frazier, S. L. & Boustani, M. M. (2014). Catch your kiddos being good! Kiddos Magazine, 2(2), 16-17. http://kiddosmagazine.com/catch-your-kiddos-being-good/


Frazier, S. L. & Boustani, M. M. (2014). Give your kiddos space to explore! Kiddos Magazine, 2(5), 16-17. http://kiddosmagazine.com/give-your-kiddos-space-to-explore/

 
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PRESENTATIONS

Peer-reviewed conference papers and symposium (*denotes mentored students)


Mahler, C., *Greenberg, S., *Marin, D., *Mazzone, E., *Antommarchi, C., Rockwood, N., Boustani, M. (2022). A Meta-Analysis of the Literature on the Impact of Problem Solving on Internalizing Problems. Paper accepted at 102nd Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association (WPA), Portland, OR.


Gellatly, R., Boustani, M.M., Malik, K., Michelson, D., Becker, K., Mahajan, R., Jambhale, A., Sahu, R., Nair, P., Patel, V., &  Chorpita, B.F. (2021).  Adolescent engagement in a transdiagnostic mental health treatment delivered in Indian schools. In L. Sarfan (Chair) and A.G. Harvey (Discussant), Expanding the Evidence Base: Transdiagnostic Treatments Across the Lifespan. Symposium presented at the 55th Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Virtual.


Boustani, M. & Lisetti, C. (2021). In A. Sanchez (Chair) and T. Creed (Discussant). Acceptability and feasibility of using an online digital health agent to deliver MI to treat alcohol abuse: Consumer Perspectives. Symposium presented at the 55th Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Virtual.


Boustani, M. M., *Marin, D., *Bashoura, D., & *Blank, C. (2021). In C. Klein (Chair) and T. Mehta (Discussant). Helping those who help others: A qualitative analysis of Community Health Workers’ Training and Supervision Needs. Symposium presented at the 55th Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Virtual.


Park, A., Barnett, M., Boustani, M., Lakind, D., Okamura, K. & Wright, B. (2021). Stepping out on your own and into the community: Launching a community-engaged research program. Panel presented at the 55th Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Virtual.


Chou, T., Zhao, X., Anderson, R., Boustani, M., Chou, T., Morrow, A., & Youngstrom, E. Now Streaming: Disseminating CBT through Public-Facing Platforms. (2021). Panel presented at the 55th Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Virtual.


Lisetti, C. & Boustani (2021). Modeling Rapport for Conversations about Health with Autonomous Avatars from Video Corpus of Clinician-Client Therapy Sessions. Digital Human Modeling and Applications in Health, Safety, Ergonomics and Risk Management. Human Body, Motion and Behavior. Paper presented at Human Computer Interaction 23rd International Conference (HCI). Virtual.


*Hazari, J., *Hodgins, J., *Marin, D., Lisetti, C., Boustani, M. (2021). Acceptability of a digital health agent that uses motivational interviewing to treat alcohol abuse: Comparing provider responses to consumer responses. Paper presented at the 2021 Western Psychological Association Convention (WPA), online.


*Marin, D. G., *Bashoura, D., *Jutzy, H., & Boustani, M. (2021). Impact of COVID-19 on Community Health Workers: Semi-Structured Interviews. Paper presented at the 2021 Western Psychological Association Convention (WPA), online.


*Mazzone, E., *Antommarchi, C., *Bagnara, G., *Jutzy, H., & Boustani, M. M. (2021). School-Based Opportunities for Adolescent Recovery (SOARing): The Acceptability and Feasibility of a DBT Skills Pilot Program for At-Risk Adolescents. Paper presented at the 2021 Western Psychological Association Convention (WPA), online.


*Antommarchi, C., *Greenberg, S., *Bagnara, G., *Jutzy, H., *Vogel, K., *Banayan, T., *Mazzone, E. & Boustani, M. M. (2021). School-Based Opportunities for Adolescent Recovery (SOARing): Preliminary feasibility of a universal DBT-based skills program for at-risk adolescents residing in an underserved community. Paper presented at the 2021 Western Psychological Association Virtual Convention.


Boustani, M., *Bashoura, D., & *Marin, D., & (2020). In B. Maddox (Chair) and K. Hoagwood (Discussant). Helping those who help others: Building a system to empower community health workers who provide services to vulnerable families. Symposium accepted at the 54th Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Philadelphia, PA.


Boustani, M. M., *Mazzone, E., *Bagnara, G., *Vogel, K., *Banayan, T., *Jutzy, H., Antommarchi, C. (2020). In M. M. Boustani (Chair) and S. Evans (Discussant). Development and preliminary effectiveness of a Dialectical-Behavior Therapy skills tier 2 program delivered in a school-based setting. Symposium accepted at the 54th Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Philadelphia, PA.


Boustani, M. M., Lunn, S., Polceanu, M., & Lisetti, C. Acceptability and feasibility of using an online digital health agent to deliver MI to treat alcohol abuse: Consumer Perspectives. Paper submitted to the 54th Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Philadelphia, PA.


Boustani, M. M., Lunn, S., Polceanu, M., Lisetti, C. (2019). In A. L. Park (Chair) and K. Becker (Discussant). Increasing consumer engagement with computer-delivered behavioral interventions: Incorporating verbal reflections and non-verbal gestures to a digital health agent. Symposium presented at the 53rd Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Atlanta, GA.


Boustani, M. M., Hazari, J., Lunn, S., Polceanu, M., Lisetti, C. (2019). In. J. Schreidar (Chair) and Schueller, S. (Discussant). Acceptability, feasibility, and usefulness of using a digital health agent to deliver MI to treat alcohol abuse: Clinician perspectives. Symposium presented at the 53rd Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Atlanta, GA.


Park, A. L., Boustani, M. M., Saifan, D., Gellatly, R., Gamarra, J., Letamendi, A., Stanick, C., Regan J., Perez, G., Manners, D., Reding, M. E. J., & Chorpita, B. F. (2019). Providers' perceived barriers to engaging traditionally underserved populations in mental health services. In A. L. Park (Chair) and S. Huey (Discussant), Extending the reach of cognitive behavioral science through understanding barriers to service use for traditionally underserved populations. Symposium preesnted at the 53rd Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Atlanta, GA.


Park, A. L., Boustani, M. M., Saifan, D., Gellatly, R., Gamarra, J., Letamendi, A., Stanick, C., Regan J., Perez, G., Manners, D., Reding, M. E. J., & Chorpita, B. F. (2019). Providers' recommendations of strategies for engaging traditionally underserved populations in community mental health services. In D. Lakind & A. L. Park (Chairs) and K. D. Becker (Discussant), Maximizing the public health impact of cognitive behavioral science through improving consumer engagement. Symposium presented at the 53rd Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Atlanta, GA.  


Guan, K., Boustani, M.M., & Chorpita, B.F. (2019, November). Harnessing existing cognitive-behavioral treatment strategies to address client emergent life events. In D. Lakind and A.L. Park (Chairs), Maximizing the public health impact of cognitive behavioral science through improving consumer engagement. Symposium presented at the 53rd Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Atlanta, GA.


Boustani, M.M., Michelson, D., Parikh, R., Singh, A., *Gellatly, R., Chorpita, B., Fairburn, C., & Patel, V. (2017, September). Adapting early implementation efforts to local contexts: Development of a transdiagnostic intervention for common adolescent mental health difficulties in Indian schools. Symposium entitled: “There is no Implementation without Adaptation: Tailoring strategies to context”. Paper presented at the biennial convention of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration. (Chair: Shannon Witsey Stirman). Seattle, WA.


Boustani, M. M., Frazier, S. L., & *Lesperance (2015, November). SiHLE-YFC: Comprehensive reproductive health programming for youth at-risk for foster care in an emergency shelter. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Symposium entitled:  "Community-Research Partnerships to Advance the Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence Based Practices for Youth Mental Health". (Chair: Lauren Brookman-Frazee). Chicago, IL.


Boustani, M. M., Frazier, S. L., & *Lesperance, N. (2015, April). Sexual Health Programming for youth at-risk for foster care in emergency shelter. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Urban Affairs Association. Symposium entitled: Intersections of Housing and Health. (Moderator: Christine George). Miami, FL.


Boustani, M. M., Frazier, S. L., Hartlery, C. M., &  Meinzer, M. C. (2014, November). Adaptation and implementation of an evidence-based sexual health program for adolescents involved in child welfare. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Symposium entitled:  Beyond Psychology: Expanding the Reach of the Treatment Evidence for Youth. (Chair: Kimberly Hoagwood). Philadelphia, PA.


Dakof, G., Henderson, C., Rowe, C., Boustani, M., Greenbaum, P., Wang, W., Linares, C., Hawes, S., & Liddle, H. (2012, April). Changing adolescent substance use and criminal activity in juvenile drug court: Improving outcomes through family-based treatment. Paper presented at the annual Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness. Washington, DC.



Invited Talks


Boustani, M.M. (April 2022). Introduction to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for Adolescents. Presented at the Grand Rounds of Psychiatry, Loma Linda University. Loma Linda, CA.


Boustani, M. M. (March 2022). Acceptability and feasibility of using an online digital health agent to deliver MI to treat alcohol abuse: Consumer Perspectives. Presented at Loma Linda University Homecoming. Loma Linda, CA.


Boustani, M. M. (May 2021). Scaling up implementation science in community and public health settings and stakeholder engagement. Presented at Loma Linda University Introduction to Implementation Science Workshop. Loma Linda, CA.


Boustani, M. M. (June 2019). Engaging Community Partners in Academic Research: An Example. Presented at Institute for Community Partnership Town Hall Meeting. Loma Linda, CA.


Boustani, M. M. (2019, June). Managing anxiety in school settings. Presented at the San Bernardino City Unified School District Counselor’s meeting. San Bernardino, CA.


Boustani, M. M. (2019, March). Key Evidence-Informed Engagement Strategies for Children and Families. Presented at the Grand Rounds of Psychiatry, Loma Linda University. Loma Linda, CA.


Boustani, M. M. (2012, June). Common elements of effective prevention for youth 12-18. Presented at American University of Beirut. Beirut, Lebanon.


Boustani, M. M. (2012, June). Basics of Motivational Interviewing. Presented at American University of Beirut. Beirut, Lebanon.


Peer-reviewed conference posters

*Nakla, V.,* Zaky, M., *Hanna, M., *Jutzy, H., Boustani, M. (2022, April). Coptic Perceptions on Mental Health. Poster presented at the Western Psychological Association (WPA) 102nd Annual Convention: Advancing diversity, social justice, and sustainability.


Herman, A., DeBellis, A., Abels, M., Atsatt, E., Boyd, M., Boustani, M., & Park, A. (submitted). Adolescent mental health promotion programs in non-traditional settings: A systematic review. Poster submitted to Society for Prevention Research 30th Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

*Marin, D. G., *Hazari, J., *Hodgins, J., Lisetti, C., Boustani, M. (2021). Virtual Health Agents on Engaging Alcohol Users through a Motivational Interviewing Intervention: Agent Acceptability. Poster presented at the 55th Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Virtual.


*Marin, D. G., *Bashoura, D., *Jutzy, H., & Boustani, M. (2021). Impact of COVID-19 on Community Health Workers: Qualitative Analysis of Semi-Structured Interviews. Poster presented at the 55th Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Virtual.


*Blank, C., *Marin, D., *Bashoura, D. and Boustani, M., (2021, November). Supporting Community Health Workers who provide medical and behavioral health support in underserved communities: Stakeholders' Perspectives. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 55th Annual Convention, Virtual.


*Hodgins, J., *Marin, D. G., *Hazari, J., Lisetti, C., & Boustani, M. M. (2021, November). Impact of diverse virtual health agents on alcohol users engaged in a motivational interviewing intervention: Qualitative analysis of semi-structured interviews. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Virtual.


*Banayan, T., *Krantz, M., & Boustani, M. M. (2021). Exploring Resiliency Effects of Growth Mindset in Education. Poster presented at the 2021 American Psychological Association Virtual Convention.


*Jutzy, H., Boustani, M. M., *Blank, C., & Lisetti, C. (2021). Preliminary effectiveness of an online digital health agent intervention for alcohol abuse. Poster presented at the 2021 American Psychological Association Virtual Convention.


*Marin, D. G., *Bashoura, D., *Jutzy, H., & Boustani, M. (2021). Impact of COVID-19 on Community Health Workers: Stakeholders’ Perspectives. Paper presented at the 2021 American Psychological Association Convention (APA), online. 


*Bashoura, D., *Marin, D., & Boustani, M. (2020). A Needs Assessment of Community Health Workers who work with Underserved Children and Families in the United States. Poster presented at the 54th Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Philadelphia, PA.


*Hazari, J., Boustani, M., Vogel, K., Bachar, S., Lunn, S. & Lisetti, C., (2020). Clinical Utility of a Digital Health Agent to Deliver Motivational Interviewing to Treat Alcohol Abuse. Poster presented at 2020 American Psychological Association (APA) conference, Washington, DC.


*Bagnara, G., Boustani, M., *Vogel, K., *Bachar, S., Reibling, E., Hernandez, B. (2020). Who is Seeking Shelter: Staff Descriptions of Intimate Partner Violence Shelter Characteristics and Services Provided. Poster presented at the Western Psychological Association Conference, May, San Francisco, CA.


*Bagnara, G., Boustani, M., *Vogel, K., *Bachar, S., Reibling, E., & Hernandez, B. (2020). Shelter Staff Perceptions of Domestic Violence in Higher Socioeconomic Status Populations. Poster presented at 2020 American Psychological Association (APA) conference, Washington, DC.


*Vogel, K., *White, M., *Watts, V., *Banayan, T., & Boustani, M. M. (2020) A needs assessment of low-income students attending an alternative high school: Qualitative Findings. Poster presented at 2020 Miami International Child and Adolescent Mental Health (MICAMH) Conference, Miami, FL.


*Chu, W., Becker, K. D., Boustani, M. M., Park, A. L., Knudsen, K., & Chorpita, B. F. (2018) Does training in evidence-based treatments predict provider and supervisor knowledge about treatment engagement strategies? Poster presented at 2018 Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Washington, D.C.


*Knudsen, K. S., Becker, K.D., Boustani, M.M., Chorpita, B.F. (2018). Provider and Supervisor Use of Engagement Strategies in Usual Care. Poster presented at the 2018 Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Dissemination and Implementation Science Special Interest Group Exposition (DIS SIG) Cocktail Hour Poster Session. Washington, DC.


*Chu, W., Becker, K. D., Boustani, M. M., Park, A. L., & Chorpita, B. F. (2018). Utilizing provider feedback to improve treatment design: A qualitative study. Poster accepted to 2018 Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Dissemination and Implementation Science Special Interest Group (DIS SIG) Cocktail Hour Poster Session. Washington, DC.


*Knudsen, K.S., Boustani, M. M., *Chu, W., *Wesley, K. & Chorpita, B. F. (2018) Do current publication standards reliably describe content of manualized universal prevention programs? Poster presented at the 2018 Association for Psychological Science (APS), San Francisco, CA.


*Chu, W., Boustani, M. M., *Park, A. L., *Knudsen, K. S., Chorpita, B. F. (2018). Improving knowledge of treatment engagement strategies in school-based mental health providers and supervisors. Poster presented at the 2018 Association for Psychological Science (APS), San Francisco, CA.


Boustani, M. M., Frazier, S., Becker, K., & Chorpita, B. (2017, December). Identifying the Common Elements of Youth Prevention Programming to Maximize Reach. Poster presented at the 10th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation, Arlington, VA. 


Boustani, M.M., Michelson, D., Parikh, R., Singh, A., *Gellatly, R., Chorpita, B., Fairburn, C., & Patel, V. (2017, December). Development of a Transdiagnostic CBT Intervention for Common Adolescent Mental Health Difficulties in Indian Schools: Design Principles and Formative Evaluation of PRIDE. Poster presented at the 10th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation, Arlington, VA.


Boustani, M. M.,*Park, A., Becker, K., & Chorpita, B. (2017, December). Coding for the Use of Evidence in Clinical Decision-Making. Poster presented at the 10th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation, Arlington, VA.


Boustani, M. M., *Guan, K., & Chorpita, B. (2017, December). In-Session “Surprises”: Using the Manual to Address Emergent Life Events in Therapy. Poster presented at the 10th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation, Arlington, VA. 


*Wesley, K. D., Boustani, M. M., Becker, K. D. & Chorpita, B. F. (2017, December). Perspectives on Engagement Barriers in School-Based Mental Health Services: Mixed Methods Findings. Poster presented at the 10th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation, Arlington, VA.


*Wesley, K. D., Boustani, M. M., Becker, K. D. & Chorpita, B. F. (2017, November). Perspectives on Engagement Barriers in School-Based Mental Health Services: Qualitative Findings. Poster accepted for presentation at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Special Interest Group Exposition, San Diego, CA. 


Krauss, S., & Boustani, M. M. (2014, May). The Structure and Meaning of Values in Lebanon and the USA. Presented at the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention. San Francisco, CA.


Boustani, M. M., Frazier, S. L., Becker, K., Bechor, M., Dinizulu, S. M., Hedemann, E. R et al. (2012, October). Common elements of adolescent prevention programming: Minimizing the burden while maximizing the reach. Presented at The National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Lawrence, KS.


Krauss, S., & Boustani, M. M. (2008, May). Value Association with Big 5 Personality Traits in Lebanon and the United States. Presented at the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention. Chicago, IL