Browse our list of the most recent publications to come from work done by the MHSPP.


Kisiel, C., Summersett-Ringgold, F., Weil, L. E., & McClelland, G. (2017). Understanding strengths in relation to complex trauma and mental health symptoms within child welfare. Journal of child and family studies26(2), 437-451.

Kisiel, C., Torgersen, L., Weil, L.E.G., Fehrenbach, T. (2017). The usefulness of standardized assessment instrument in child welfare. In V. Strand, & G. Sprang (Eds.), Trauma responsive child welfare systems. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

Summersett-Ringgold, F., Jordan, N., Kisiel, C., Sax, R. M., & McClelland, G. (2017). Child strengths and placement stability among racial/ethnic minority youth in the child welfare system. Child abuse & neglect.

Weil, L. E., Kisiel, C., & Jordan, N. (2017). Chronic Illness, Placement Stability, and Hospitalizations within Child Welfare: The Role of Initial Living Arrangement. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1-11.


Jaudes, P.K., Weil, L.E.G., Prior, J.M., Sharp, D.P., Holzberg, M., & McClelland, G. (2016). Well-being of children and adolescents with special health care needs in the child welfare system. Children and Youth Services Review, 70, 276-283.

Tabone, J. K., Thompson, R., & Jordan, N. (2016). Transitions of Youth in Mental Health Residential Care to Less Restrictive Settings: The Role of Strengths and Gender. Journal of Social Service Research42(3), 363-371.


Chor, K. H. B., McClelland, G. M., Weiner, D. A., Jordan, N., & Lyons, J. S. (2015). Out-of-home placement decision-making and outcomes in child welfare: A longitudinal study. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research42(1), 70-86.

Lam, A., Lyons, J. S., Griffin, G., & Kisiel, C. (2015). Multiple Traumatic Experiences and the Expression of Traumatic Stress Symptoms for Children and Adolescents. Residential Treatment for Children & Youth32(2), 167-181.


Kisiel, C., Conradi, L., Fehrenbach, T., Torgersen, E., & Briggs, E. C. (2014). Assessing the effects of trauma in children and adolescents in practice settings. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics23(2), 223-242.

Kisiel, C., Fehrenbach, T., Liang, L. J., Stolbach, B., McClelland, G., Griffin, G., ... & Spinazzola, J. (2014). Examining child sexual abuse in relation to complex patterns of trauma exposure: Findings from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy6(S1), S29.

Kisiel, C. L., Fehrenbach, T., Torgersen, E., Stolbach, B., McClelland, G., Griffin, G., & Burkman, K. (2014). Constellations of interpersonal trauma and symptoms in child welfare: Implications for a developmental trauma framework. Journal of Family Violence29(1), 1-14.

Kisiel, C. L., Fehrenbach, T., Torgersen, E., Stolbach, B., McClelland, G., Griffin, G., & Burkman, K. (2014). Erratum to Constellations of interpersonal trauma and symptoms in child welfare: Implications for a developmental trauma framework. Journal of Family Violence29(5), 1-4.

Podgurski, I., Lyons, J. S., Kisiel, C., & Griffin, G. (2014). Understanding bad girls: The role of trauma in antisocial behavior among female youth. Residential Treatment for Children & Youth31(1), 80-88.

Pynoos, R. S., Steinberg, A. M., Layne, C. M., Liang, L. J., Vivrette, R. L., Briggs, E. C., ... & Fairbank, J. A. (2014). Modeling constellations of trauma exposure in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Core Data Set. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy6(S1), S9.

Spinazzola, J., Hodgdon, H., Liang, L. J., Ford, J. D., Layne, C. M., Pynoos, R., ... & Kisiel, C. (2014). Unseen wounds: The contribution of psychological maltreatment to child and adolescent mental health and risk outcomes. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy6(S1), S18.


Chor, K. H. B., McClelland, G. M., Weiner, D. A., Jordan, N., & Lyons, J. S. (2013). Patterns of out-of-home placement decision-making in child welfare. Child abuse & neglect37(10), 871-882.

Griffin, G. & Sallen, S. (2013) Considering Child Trauma Issues in Juvenile Court Sentencing. Children’s Legal Rights Journal.

Smithgall, C., Cusick, G., & Griffin, G. (2013). Responding to students affected by trauma: collaboration across public systems. Family Court Review51(3), 401-408.


Chor, K.H., McClelland, G.M., Weiner, D.A., Jordan, N., and Lyons, J.S. (2012).  Predicting Outcomes of Children in Residential Treatment: A Comparison of a Decision Support Algorithm and a Multidisciplinary Team Decision Model.  Children & Youth Services Review, 34, 12, 2345-2352. 

Ebert, L., Amaya-Jackson, L., Markiewicz, J. M., Kisiel, C., & Fairbank, J. A. (2012). Use of the breakthrough series collaborative to support broad and sustained use of evidence-based trauma treatment for children in community practice settings. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research39(3), 187-199.

Griffin, G., Germain, E.J., & Wilkerson, R.G. (2012) Using a Trauma-Informed Approach in Juvenile Justice Institutions. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 5, 271-283.

Szanto, L., Lyons, J. S., & Kisiel, C. (2012). Childhood trauma experience and the expression of problematic sexual behavior in children and adolescents in state custody. Residential Treatment for Children & Youth29(3), 231-249.


Conradi, L., Wherry, J., & Kisiel, C. (2011). Linking Child Welfare and Mental Health Using Trauma-Informed Screening and Assessment Practices. Child Welfare, 90(6), 129-147.

Greeson, J. K., Briggs, E. C., Kisiel, C. L., Layne, C. M., Ake III, G. S., Ko, S. J., ... & Fairbank, J. A. (2011). Complex trauma and mental health in children and adolescents placed in foster care: Findings from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Child welfare90(6), 91.

Griffin, E., McClelland, G., Holzberg, M., Stolbach, B., Maj, N., & Kisiel, C. (2011). Addressing the Impact of Trauma before Diagnosing Mental Illness in Child Welfare. Child Welfare, 90 (6), 69-89.

Griffin, G., McEwen, E., Samuels, B., Suggs, H., Redd, J., & McClelland, G. (2011) Infusing Protective Factors for Children in Foster Care. In D.V. Jeste & C.C. Bell (Eds.) Psychiatric Clinics of North America,  Prevention in Mental Health: Lifetime Perspectives, 34, 185 – 203.


Kearney, K. A., McEwen, E., Bloom-Ellis, B., & Jordan, N. (2010). Performance-based contracting in residential care and treatment: Driving policy and practice change through public-private partnership in Illinois. Child welfare89(2), 39.

Lyons, J. S., Epstein, R. A., & Jordan, N. (2010). Evolving systems of care with total clinical outcomes management. Evaluation and Program Planning33(1), 53-55.

Lyons, J. S., McClelland, G., & Jordan, N. (2010). Fire setting behavior in a child welfare system: Prevalence, characteristics and co-occurring needs. Journal of child and family studies19(6), 720-727.

McIntosh, A., Lyons, J.S., Weiner, D.A., & Jordan, N. (2010) Development of a Model for Predicting Children and Adolescents Discharged from Residential Treatment as a Result of Running Away. Residential Treatment for Children & Youth 27(4):264-276.


Epstein, R. A., Jordan, N., Rhee, Y. J., McClelland, G. M., & Lyons, J. S. (2009). The relationship between caregiver capacity and intensive community treatment for children with a mental health crisis. Journal of Child and Family Studies18(3), 303-311.

Griffin, G., Martinovich, Z., Gawron, T., & Lyons, J.S. (2009) Strengths Moderate the Impact of Trauma on Risk Behaviors in Child Welfare. Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, 26, 1–14.

Jordan, N., Leon, S. C., Epstein, R. A., Durkin, E., Helgerson, J., & Lakin-Starr, B. L. (2009). Effect of organizational climate on youth outcomes in residential treatment. Residential Treatment for Children & Youth26(3), 194-208.

Kisiel, C., Blaustein, M.E., Fogler, J., Ellis, H., & Saxe, G.N. (2009). Treating Children with Traumatic Experiences:  Understanding and Assessing Needs and Strengths.  In Lyons, J.S.& Weiner, D.A. (Eds.). Emotional & BehavioralDisorders in Youth. 

Kisiel, C., Fehrenbach, T., Small, L., & Lyons, J.S. (2009). Assessment of Complex Trauma Exposure, Responses, and Service Needs Among Children and Adolescents in Child Welfare.  Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 2, 143-160.

Lyons, J. S., Woltman, H., Martinovich, Z., & Hancock, B. (2009). An outcomes perspective of the role of residential treatment in the system of care. Residential Treatment for Children & Youth26(2), 71-91.

Park, J. M., Jordan, N., Epstein, R., Mandell, D. S., & Lyons, J. S. (2009). Predictors of residential placement following a psychiatric crisis episode among children and youth in state custody. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry79(2), 228.


Eisengart, J., Martinovich, Z., & Lyons, J. S. (2008). Discharge due to running away from residential treatment: Youth and setting effects. Residential Treatment for Children & Youth24(4), 327-343.

Shabat, J. C., Lyons, J. S., & Martinovich, Z. (2008). Exploring the relationship between conduct disorder and residential treatment outcomes. Journal of Child and Family Studies17(3), 353-371.

Helgerson, J., Martinovich, Z., Durkin, E., & Lyons, J. S. (2007). Differences in outcome trajectories of children in residential treatment. Residential Treatment for Children & Youth22(4), 67-79.

Kisiel, C., Blaustein, M., Spinazzola, J., Schmidt, C. S., Zucker, M., & Van der Kolk, B. (2006). Evaluation of a theater-based youth violence prevention program for elementary school children. Journal of School Violence5(2), 19-36.

Kisiel, C. L., & Lyons, J. S. (2001). Dissociation as a mediator of psychopathology among sexually abused children and adolescents. American Journal of Psychiatry158(7), 1034-1039.

Lyons, J. S., Terry, P., Martinovich, Z., Peterson, J., & Bouska, B. (2001). Outcome trajectories for adolescents in residential treatment: A statewide evaluation. Journal of Child and Family Studies10(3), 333-345.

Lyons, J. S., Libman-Mintzer, L. N., Kisiel, C. L., & Shallcross, H. (1998). Understanding the mental health needs of children and adolescents in residential treatment. Professional psychology: Research and practice29(6), 582.