The Social Systems Informatics Program is working on projects in the fields of Foster Care and Suicide Prevention:


Community Development Teams to Scale-Up Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care in California

Through support from the National Institutes of Mental Health, we have designed a randomized trial to test two alternative implementation strategies for the Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care in 40 counties in California. One implementation strategy, the Community Development Team, uses a peer-to-peer model of multiple counties working together to facilitate the implementation of this evidence-based program. Changing social networks are used to examine how adoption, partnership formation, and fidelity of implementation stages are affected by both existing and new communication streams.




Effectiveness Trial of Youth Suicide Prevention Delivered by Teen Peer Leaders

We are funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health for 5 years to evaluate a school-based suicide prevention program using a randomized trial design (R01MH091452, P Wyman PI, CH Brown co-Investigator). The intervention, Sources of Strength, trains peer leaders to change the norms and behavior of their peers regarding suicide and help-seeking. We use multiple assessments of youth and adult social networks to examine the impact of this intervention, with special attention to those youth who are most socially isolated or friends of youth who themselves have suicide thoughts and behaviors.


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Research Highlights

Featured Scientist – C. Hendricks Brown, PhD

Dr. C. Hendricks Brown is Director of the Social Systems Informatics in the Center for Computational Science, a program that he founded in 2011.

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