Health Equity Research Lab


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Breslow, AB, Tran NM, Lu FQ, Alpert JE, Cook BL. Depression Treatment Expenditures for Adults in the United States: A Systematic Review. Current Psychiatry Reports. (2019) 21:105.

Janopaul-Naylor, E., Morin, S. L., Mullin, B., Lee, E., & Barrett, J. G. (2019). Promising approaches to police–mental health partnerships to improve service utilization for at-risk youth. Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 5(2), 206-215.

Welsh JW, Shu-Yeu Hou S, Shentu Y, Cook BL. Assessing the association between the strength of state policies on school drug prevention and substance use disorders. Taylor & Francis Online. (2019) 54(5).

Cook BL, Progovac A, Tran NM. Improving the mental health of Roma through research and policies that cross multiple social sectors. Int J Public Health. 2019 Sep;64(7):979-980. doi:10.1007/s00038-019-01256-7.

Progovac AM, Mullin BO, Creedon TB, McDowell A, Sanchez-Roman MJ, Hatfield LA, Schuster MA, Cook BL. Trends in Mental Health Care Use in Medicare from 2009 to 2014 by Gender Minority and Disability Status. LGBT health.  2019 Aug 22. doi:10.1089/lgbt.2018.0221

McDowell A, Progovac AM, Cook BL, Rose S. Estimating the Health Status of Privately Insured Gender Minority Children and Adults. LGBT Health. 2019 Jul 17. 6(6) doi: 10.1089/lgbt.2018.0238

Martínez Nicolás I, Lê Cook B, Flores M, Del Olmo Rodriguez M, Hernández Rodríguez C, Llamas Sillero P, Baca-Garcia E. The impact of a comprehensive electronic patient portal on the health service use: an interrupted time-series analysis. Eur J Public Health. 2019 Jun 1;29(3):413-418. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/cky257.

Delman J, Progovac A, Flomenhoft T, Delman D, Chambers V, Cook BL. Barriers And Facilitators To Community-Based Participatory Mental Health Care Research For Racial And Ethnic Minorities. Health Affairs 2019 38:3, 391-398 

Maclean C, Cook BL, Carson NJ, Pesko MF. Public Insurance and Psychotropic Prescription Medications for Mental Illness. The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 19(1), pages 1-25, January 2019.

Cook B, Sonik R, Wang Y, Progovac A, Carson N, Busch S, Zaslavsky A. Assessing provider and racial/ethnic variation in response to the FDA antidepressant box warning. Health Services Research. 2019; 54:255‐262.

Carson NJ, Mullin B, Sanchez MJ, Lu F, Yang K, Menezes M, Cook BL. Identification of suicidal behavior among psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents using natural language processing and machine learning of electronic health records. PLOS ONE. 2019. 14(2): e0211116

Welsh J, Hou S, Shentu Y, Cook B, Assessing the association between the strength of state policies on school drug prevention and substance use disorders. Substance Use and Misuse. 2018.

Fortuna L, Cook B, Porche M, Wang Y, Amaris AM, Alegría M. Sleep disturbance as a predictor of time to drug and alcohol use in primary care. Sleep and Medicine. 2018; 42:31-37.    

Cook B, Creedon T, Wang Y, Lu C, Carson N, Jules P, Lee E, Alegría M. Examining racial/ethnic differences in patterns of benzodiazepine prescription and misuse. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2018; 187: 29-34.

Progovac A, Mullin B, McDowell A, Cook B. Identifying gender minority patients' health and healthcare needs in administrative claims data from a national sample of Medicare beneficiaries. Health Affairs. 2018; 37(3): 413-420.

Kafali N, Progovac A, Hou S, Cook B. Long-run trends in youth antidepressant use after the FDA box warning. Psychiatric Services. 2017; 69(4): 389-395.

Carson N, Progovac A, Wang Y, Cook B. A decline in depression treatment following FDA antidepressant warnings largely explains racial/ethnic disparities in prescription fills. Depression and Anxiety. 2017; 34(12): 1147-1156.

Tepper M, Cohen A, Progovac A, Ault-Brutus A, Leff H, Mullin B, Cunningham C, Cook B. Mind The Gap: Developing an integrated behavioral health home to address health disparities in serious mental illness. Psychiatric Services. 2017; 68(12): 1217-1224.

Allen M., Cook B, Carson N, LaRoche M, Interian A, Alegría M. Patient-provider therapeutic alliance contributes to patient activation in community mental health clinics. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. 2017; 44(4): 431-440.

Cook B, Carson NJ, Kafali EN, Valentine A, Rueda JD, Coe-Odess S, Busch S. Examining psychotropic medication use among youth in the U.S. by race/ethnicity and psychological impairment. General Hospital Psychiatry. 2017; 45: 32-39.

Cook B., Trinh NH, Li Z, Hou S, Progovac A. Trends in racial-ethnic disparities in access to mental health care, 2004-2012. Psychiatric Services. 2017; 68(1): 9-16.

Cook B., Lincoln A., Chen J., Progovac A, Zuvekas S. Assessing the individual, neighborhood, and policy predictors of disparities in mental health care. Medical Care Research and Review. 2017; 74(4): 404-430.

Fortuna L., Ramos Z., Cook B., Alvarez K., Mozo X., Wang Y. Mental health, migration stressors and suicidal ideation among Latino immigrants in Spain and the United States. European Psychiatry. 2016; 36:15-22.

Cook B., Kim G., Lock Morgan K. Chen C-N, Nillni A., Alegría M. Measuring geographic "hot spots" of racial/ethnic disparities: an application to mental health care. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2016; 27(2): 663-684

Cook B, Progovac AM, Chen P, Mullin B, Hou S, Baca-Garcia E. Novel use of natural language processing (NLP) to predict suicidal ideation and psychiatric symptoms in a text-based mental health intervention in Madrid. Computational and Mathematical Models in Medicine. 2016; 1-8.

Creedon T., Cook B. Access to mental health care increased but not for substance use, while disparities remain. Health Affairs. 2016; 35(6): 1017-1021.

Jimenez D, Cook B, Kim G, Reynolds C, Alegría M, Coe-Odess S, Bartels S. Relationship between general illness and mental health service use and expenditures among racially-ethnically diverse adults ?65 Years, Psychiatric Services. 2015; 66(7): 727-33.

Carson NJ, Wang Y, Cook BL. Trends in the use of antidepressants following FDA warnings: a disparities analysis (published abstract). The Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics. 18(Suppl 1); March 2015: S6-7.

Hahm H, Cook B, Ault A, Alegría A. The intersection of race/ethnicity and gender in depression care: receipt of screening, access to care, and minimally adequate treatment. Psychiatric Services. 2015; 66(3): 258-264.

Alegría M, Ludman E, Kafali EN, Lapatin S, Vila D, Shrout PE, Keefe K, Cook B, Ault A, Li X, Bauer AM. Effectiveness of the engagement and counseling for Latinos (ECLA) intervention in low-income Latinos. Medical Care. 2014; 52(11): 989-997.

Kafali N, Cook B, Alegría M. Cost effectiveness of a randomized trial to treat depression among Latinos. Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics. 2014; 17(2): 41-50.

Valentine A, DeAngelo D, Alegría M, Cook B. Translating disparities research to policy: a qualitative study of state mental health policymakers' perceptions of mental health care disparities report cards, Psychological Services. 2014; 11(4): 377-387.

Saloner B, Carson N, Cook B. Explaining Racial/ethnic differences in adolescent substance abuse treatment completion in the United States: a decomposition analysis, Journal of Adolescent Health. 2014; 54(6): 646-653.

Stein G, Lee C, Carson N, Cook B, Shi P, Papajorgji-Taylor D, Alegría M. Clinic characteristics associated with engagement in community mental health clinics, Psychiatric Services. 2014; 65(8): 1020-1025.

Saloner B, Carson N, Cook B. Episodes of mental health treatment among a nationally representative sample of children and adolescents. Medical Care Research and Review. 2014; 71(3): 261-279.

Carson N, Vesper A, Chen C-C, Cook B. Quality of follow-up after hospitalization for mental illness among racial/ethnic minorities in the United States, Psychiatric Services. 2014; 65(7): 888-96.

Cook B, Ferris Wayne G, Kafali EN, Liu Z, Shu C, Flores, M. Trends in smoking among adults with mental illness and association between mental health treatment and smoking cessation. Journal of American Medical Association. 2014; 311(2): 172-182.

Raub J, Carson N, Cook B, Wyshak G, Hauser B. Predictors of custody and visitation recommendations by a family court clinic. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. 2013; 41(2): 206-18.

Gonçalves M, Cook B, Mulvaney-Day N, Kinrys G, Alegria M. Retention in mental health care of Portuguese speaking patients. Transcultural Psychiatry. 2013; 50(1): 92-107.

Cook B, Doksum T, Chen CC, Carle A, Alegria M. The role of provider supply and organization in reducing racial/ethnic disparities in mental health care in the U.S. Social Science and Medicine, 2013; 84: 102-109.

Cook B, Manning W, Alegria M. Measuring disparities across the distribution of mental health care expenditures, Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics. 2013; 16(1): 3-12.

Jimenez DE, Cook B, Bartels SJ, Alegria M. Disparities in mental health service use among racial/ethnic minority elderly. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2013; 61(1): 18-25.

Carson N, Cook B, Chen C-C, Alegría M. Racial/ethnic differences in video game and internet use among adolescents with mental health and educational difficulties. Journal of Children and Media. 2012; 6(4): 450-468.

Mulvaney-Day N, DeAngelo D, Chen C-N, Cook B, Alegria M. 2012. Unmet need for treatment for substance use disorders across race and ethnicity. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2012; 125(Supp. 1): S44-S50.

Alegria, M, Lin, J, Chen, C-N, Duan N, Cook B, Meng XL. The impact of insurance coverage in diminishing racial and ethnic disparities in behavioral health services. Health Services Research. 2012; 47(3pt2): 1322-1344.

Cook B, McGuire T, Zaslavsky A. Measuring racial/ethnic disparities in health care: methods and practical issues, Health Services Research. 2012; 47(3pt2): 1232-1254.

Cook B, Alegría M. Racial-ethnic disparities in substance abuse treatment: the role of criminal history and socioeconomic status, 2011. Psychiatric Services. 62(11):1273-81

Cook B, McGuire T, Alegria M, Normand S-L. Crowd-out and exposure effects of physical comorbidities on mental health care use: implications for racial-ethnic disparities in access. Health Services Research. 2011; 46: 1259-1280.

Cook B, Carson N, Alegria M. Assessing racial/ethnic differences in the social consequences of early-onset psychiatric disorder. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2010; 21(2):49-66.

Carson N, Cook B, Alegria M. Social determinants of mental health treatment among Haitian, African American and White youth in community health centers, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2010; 21(2):32-48.

Cook B, McGuire TG, Lock K, Zaslavsky AM. Comparing methods of racial and ethnic disparities measurement across different settings of mental health care. Health Services Research. 2010; 45(3): 825-847.

Cook B, Lin J, Guo J, Alegría M. Pathways and correlates connecting exposure to the US and mental health. American Journal of Public Health. 2009; 99(12): 2247-2254.

Cook B, McGuire TG, Meara E, Zaslavsky AM. Adjusting for health status in non-linear models of health care disparities. Health Services Outcomes and Research Methodology. 2009; 9:1-21.

Cook B, McGuire TG, Zuvekas S. Measuring trends in racial/ethnic health care disparities. Medical Care Research and Review. 2009; 66:23-48.

Cook B, McGuire TG, Miranda J. Measuring trends in mental health care disparities, 2000-2004. Psychiatric Services. 2007; 58:1533-1540.

Brown JD, Wissow LS, Zachary C, Cook B. Receiving advice about child mental health from a primary care provider: African American and Hispanic parent attitudes. Medical Care. 2007; 45:1076-1082.

Cook B. The effect of Medicaid managed care on racial disparities in health care access. Health Services Research. 2007; 42:124-145.

McGuire T, Cook B, Alegria M, Wells K, Zaslavsky A. Implementing the IOM Definition of disparities in health care: An application to mental health care. Health Services Research. 2006; 41:1979-2005.

Reports, Working Papers, and Other Media

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