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The American Psychological Association's January 2017 Monitor on Psychology highlights our efforts to study the use of evidence-based practices. In "Better care for kids", Amy Novotney writes:
According to the American Medical Informatics Association, it can take 17 years for evidence-based practices to trickle down to practice in community-based settings. In a system-driven reform that cuts short that lag time, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health is reimbursing contracted agencies for delivering evidence-based practices through a countywide prevention and early intervention initiative. Lau and Brookman-Frazee are investigating how those practices are sustained. 4KEEPS examines how community therapists work with evidence-based practices for youth and identifies barriers and facilitators to their implementation with ethnically diverse and disadvantaged communities.
4KEEPS was featured in the American Psychological Association's March 2015 Monitor on Psychology! In "In search of cultural competence," Tori DeAngelis wrote:
Others are adding to or modifying their work with cultural adaptations based on experiences in the field. Lau is taking insights gleaned in her original study — namely, therapists' own ideas on which types of adaptations might best suit different families — and investigating whether and how those insights might help sustain evidence-based interventions for youth. In a study called 4KEEPS, she and psychologist Lauren Brookman-Frazee, PhD, of the University of California, San Diego, are using a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to assess how more than 1,500 therapists in Los Angeles county are implementing evidence-based treatments up to eight years after initial adoption. Do they stay faithful to the original protocol? More important, says Lau, what are therapists doing on their own to ensure these treatments work in community settings, and can those findings be incorporated into future treatments?
4KEEPS is a 5 year NIMH-funded awarded to Drs. Anna Lau and Lauren Brookman-Frazee being conducted through UC Los Angeles and UC San Diego School of Medicine.