BeST Center

Research & Scholarly Activities

Selected publications and presentations by BeST Center staff and collaborators:

“Stepped Care as an Implementation and Service Delivery Model for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis” by Sarah L. Kopelovich, Eric Strachan, Harry Sivec and Valerie Kreider, Community Mental Health Journal, January 2019.

Mark R. Munetz, M.D., Erik Messamore, M.D., Ph.D. and Sara E. Dugan, Pharm.D., B.C.P.P., B.C.P.S., Bringing Treatment Parity to Jail Inmates with Schizophrenia, Scattergood Policy Paper. Summer 2018

The Integration of Early Psychosis Services in a System of Care Framework: Opportunities, Issues and Recommendations.  Tamara Sale, EASA Center of Excellence; Jennifer Humensky, Ph.D., Columbia University; Patrice Fetzer, LISW-S, BeST Center at NEOMED; Megan Baker, M.D., Kate Hardy, ClinPsychD; Douglas Noordsy, M.D., and Steven Adelsheim, M.D.

Sivec, H.J., Montesano, V.L. and Herman, L.C. “Implementing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis: The BeST Center Approach” April 2016. Felton Institute.

Munetz, M., Herman L., and Lutz, D.“Methodological and Practical Issues in Population Based Programming: Incidence, Engagement, Penetration and Outreach Effectiveness”  Sept. 8 webinar hosted by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, Sept. 8, 2015.

Sivec, H.J., Montesano, V.L., Skubby, D.A., Knepp, K.A. and Munetz, M.R. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBT-p) Delivered in a Community Mental Health Setting: A Case Comparison of Clients Receiving CBT Informed Strategies by Case Managers Prior to Therapy, Community Mental Health Journal ISSN 0010-3853, Volume 51, Number 6, 23 Aug. 2015

Herman, L.C., Montesano, V.L., Building Upon Existing Programs and Services to Meet the Needs of Persons Experiencing a First Episode of Psychosis, prepared for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, June 2015.

Montesano, V.L., Sivec, H.J., Munetz, M.R., Pelton, J.R., & Turkington, D. Adapting Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis for Case Managers: Increasing Access to Services in a Community Mental Health Agency.Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, January 27, 2014.

Turkington D, Munetz M, Pelton J, Montesano, V., Sivec, H., Nausheen, B. & Kingdon, D. High-Yield Cognitive Behavioral techniques for psychosis delivered by case managers to their clients with persistent psychotic symptoms: an exploratory trial. Journal  of Nervous and Mental Disease, January 2014.

The Role of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Persistent Psychosis in Identifying and Working with Trauma in the Schizophrenia Spectrum, Justice Involved Population was presented by Harry J. Sivec, Ph.D., and Rebecca Roberts Martin, Ph.D., PCC-S, at the NOVA Conference held Sept. 17 in Columbus, Ohio.

Sivec, H.J. & Montesano, V.L. (2013) Clinical process examples in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis. Psychotherapy, 50, 458-463.

BOOK REVIEW  Schizophrenia: Current Science and Clinical Practice by Wolfgang Gaebel, Chichester, England, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.Reviewed by Harry J. Sivec, Ph.D.,Psychiatric Services, 2012, 63, e6

Sivec, H.J. & Montesano, V.L. (2012). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBT-P) in clinical practice. Psychotherapy, 49, 258-270.

Horner, R. D.,  Herman, L.C., Panzano, P., Baik, S. and Hupp, D.  (2012) Ohio’s Direct Workforce Initiative and Health Care Integration: Exploring Job Roles & Competencies

BOOK REVIEW The Psychosis-Risk Syndrome: Handbook for Diagnosis and Follow-up by Thomas H. McGlashan, Barbara C. Walsh, and Scott W. Woods, New York, Oxford University Press, 2010, Reviewed by Vicki Montesano, Ph.D. Psychiatric Services 2012; doi: 10.1176/

Implementing a Range of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Interventions for Persistent Psychotic Symptoms, March 15, 2012, conference hosted by the BeST Center at NEOMED, Rootstown, Ohio. For an agenda for the conference, please click here.

BOOK REVIEW Beyond Medication: Therapeutic Engagement and the Recovery from Schizophrenia by David Garfield and Daniel Mackler, New York, Routledge, 2008,  Reviewed by Vicki Montesano, Ph.D. Psychiatric Services 2011, Vol. 62, No. 2

BOOK REVIEW Schizophrenia: Cognitive Theory, Research, and Therapy by Aaron T. Beck, Neil A. Rector, Neal Stolar and Paul Grant; New York, Guilford Press, 2008, Reviewed by Lon C. Herman, M.A., Psychiatric Services 2009, vol.60, No. 10, p. 1407


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