UHS clinical leaders actively participate in a variety of academic endeavors by contributing to, authoring and co-authoring groundbreaking research in both peer-reviewed scientific journals and industry/trade publications. Our leaders also participate in other industry initiatives, such as webinars and podcasts, that are focused on fostering improvements in care and patient experience. The following content represents some of the many important contributions to clinical research and innovation from UHS team members.


Behavioral Health Webinars

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Clinical Publications

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2023 The Journal of Healthcare Contracting

Top Non-Acute Supply Chain Leaders (including UHS’ Lori Daukas, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy/Non-Acute Sourcing) →

2023 CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing

Taking Action Against Clinical Burnout Through Reducing the Documentation Burden with an Operating Room Scanning Approach →

2023 Arkansas Money and Politics

Leading by Example: Shane Frazier, Pinnacle Pointe Behavioral Healthcare System →

2022 Addiction Professional

Brain Retraining Plays Key Role in SUD Recovery →

2022 International Journal of Addiction Research and Treatment

An investigation comparing primary and secondary substance cravings between mental health and substance use disorder program inpatients →

2021 Behavioral Healthcare Executive

Assessing Patient Satisfaction in Behavioral Health: The Influence of Anonymity →

2021 Social Work in Public Health

Exploring Differences in Baseline Characteristics Among Adults Entering Integrated Residential Treatment for Co-occurring Disorders in 2013 and 2017 →

2021 Federation of American Hospitals Podcast

Suicide Prevention Month with Karen Johnson →

2021 Gurze-Salucore Eating Disorders Resource Catalogue

Psychedelics and Eating Disorders →

2020 Psychiatric Times

Monitoring Patient Treatment Outcomes in Inpatient Psychiatric Care with the PHQ-9 →

2020 American Association of Suicidology Annual Meeting

Care Transitions in Suicide Care: Challenges, Best Practices, Innovation, and Strategies →

Karen E. Johnson, Senior VP, Clinical Services and Division Compliance Officer, Behavioral Health at UHS, served as one of the presenters of "Care Transitions in Suicide Care: Challenges, Best Practices, Innovation, and Strategies."

Managing the transition from inpatient to outpatient care is among the most important inflection points in a patient’s care journey. As behavioral healthcare providers, we must do all we can to support patients during this vulnerable phase. Support includes working as a collaborative team with family members and peer specialists, cultivating human connection, building lasting bridges, and creating the opportunity to connect outpatient providers prior to discharge to develop rapport. We strongly believe that intensive outreach and follow-up can greatly help reduce the risk of suicide and set patients on a path to a better life.” — Karen E. Johnson, Senior VP, Clinical Services and Division Compliance Officer, Behavioral Health

2020 Counselor Magazine

The Opioid Epidemic in Older Adults: One of America’s Greatest Health Challenges →

Originating from the noble desire to ease the physical pain of our fellow human beings, the use of opioids has evolved into a catastrophic epidemic: billions of dollars in lost productivity; unprecedented healthcare costs; crime; the destruction of lives, families, and communities; and a death toll that far exceeds that seen in world wars. Read more →

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2019 International Journal of Healthcare

Presence and influence of trauma in inpatient psychiatric care →

2019 Psychiatric Times

Recognizing and Treating Trauma in the Inpatient Psychiatric Setting →

2019 The Journal of Healthcare Compliance as posted to the Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention website

Compliance Standards Pave the Way for Reducing Suicide in Health Care Systems →

2019 Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment

A comparison of 2013 and 2017 baseline characteristics among treatment-seeking patients who used opioids with co-occurring disorders →

2019 International Journal of Healthcare

Opioid usage trends in treatment — Trends from the field →

2018 Journal of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Patient Experience of Electroconvulsive Therapy: A Retrospective Review of Clinical Outcomes and Satisfaction →

2017 MDPI Healthcare

Decrease in Healthcare Utilization and Costs for Opioid Users Following Residential Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders →

2017 Child Psychiatry and Adolescent — International Journal

Reliability and Validity of the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Assessment (CABA): A Brief Structured Scale →

2017 The Journal of Treatment and Prevention

Can patients with eating disorders learn to eat intuitively? A 2-year pilot study →

2016 Journal of Hospital Administration

Reduction in Healthcare Utilization and Costs Following Residential Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders →

2016 Social Work in Public Health

A Comparison of Opioid and Nonopioid Substance Users in Residential Treatment in Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders →

2015 Journal of Dual Diagnosis

Differences Between Older and Younger Adults in Residential Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders →

2015 Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work

Characteristics and Outcomes of Young Adult Opiate Users Receiving Residential Substance Abuse Treatment →

2015 Substance Use & Misuse

Gender Differences in Treatment Retention Among Individuals with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders →

2014 Journal of Addictions Nursing

The Impact of a Sleep Hygiene Intervention on Residents of a Private Residential Facility for Individuals with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders →

2014 The Journal of Treatment & Prevention

Using Experiential Group Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders →

2014 Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions

Characteristics and Outcomes of College-Age Adults Enrolled in Private Residential Treatment: Implications for Practice →

2013 Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care

Integrated Recovery Management Model for Ex-Offenders with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders and High Rates of HIV Risk Behaviors →

2013 Journal of Psychoactive Drugs

Predictors of Residential Treatment Retention among Individuals with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders →

2013 Journal of Psychotherapy Research

Effects of providing patient progress feedback and clinical support tools to psychotherapists in an inpatient eating disorders treatment program: a randomized controlled study →

2009 The Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Implicit Family Process Rules in Eating-Disordered and Non-Eating Disordered Families →