Educational and Psychological Studies

Dr. Carlos I. Perez Benitez
CAMPOS (Culturally Adapted Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder): The goal of this 5 year research study is to adapt and integrate existing cognitive behavioral treatments for PTSD and for medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS) and to collect preliminary data on the feasibility, acceptability, and efficacy of the adapted treatment. This study will develop a novel treatment to reduce these debilitating disorders and holds promise for providing insight into the socio-cultural factors associated with treatment outcomes among underserved minorities. CAMPOS will recruit 72 patients with those diagnoses and will randomly assign them either to the treatment or to a control (treatment as usual) group. Several psychological measures will be administered before and after the treatment to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment in symptoms reduction.  We have established a partnership with Coordinated Victims Assistance Program to provide our treatment services to their clients. We also provide treatment to patients attending Jackson Memorial clinics. Project Website

Dr. Isaac Prilleltensky, Dr. Scot Evans, and Dr. Randy Penfield
SPEC (Strengths, Prevention, Empowerment and Community Change):
The SPEC model is an attempt to promote strength-based, preventative, empowering, and community change practice in human services. SPEC is based in empirical research, community practice, and community psychology theory. This action-research project worked with human services agencies to enhance community well-being and worker satisfaction.  SPEC Website