University of South Florida
College of Arts and Sciences
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Office: PCD 4107
Email: mkarver (at) usf.edu
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 2000
Ph.D. Area: Clinical Program
Clinical child psychology; Child and adolescent psychotherapy and mental health services research; Psychotherapy treatment process research; Clinician behaviors and decision making; Assessment of child and adolescent strengths; Child, adolescent, and young adult suicidality; Suicide prevention.
My research interests focus on evaluation and improvement of the quality of mental health services. I focus on addressing the three areas that define quality services: structure (characteristics of health organizations and service delivery systems that lead to positive outcomes - e.g. prevention services increasing access to mental health services), measurement of treatment processes (what goes on inside of mental health services that leads to positive outcomes) and outcomes (positive and maladaptive). My recent work has had two major overlapping thrusts: understanding core processes in mental health services research and adolescent/young adult suicidality assessment, management, and prevention. With my treatment process research, I take a close look at how mental health clinicians make decisions, what treatment techniques that they use, and how they form therapeutic relationships with their clients. I am particularly interested in studying the provision of mental health services to "high risk" populations such as suicidal adolescents. I have examined MHP's ability to evaluate high risk adolescents and make placement decisions. I examined crisis line clinicians’ ability to predict suicide related behaviors. I have also conducted several studies looking at treatment processes related to engaging depressed and suicidal adolescents in treatment. I have had 9 federally funded suicide prevention grants (1 currently funded) to examine the processes and outcomes of evidence based means (gatekeeper training, care coordination, screening, coping skills training, professional training, safety planning/lethal means restriction, social marketing, family involvement activities, postvention) to reduce youth and adult suicide risk. These efforts have focused on how to increase the coping and supportive abilities of at risk individuals and their family members and how to transform the larger services system so that it is more capable of identifying, assessing, and managing suicide risk and making sure that at risk individuals are linked to (via care coordination) and maintained in evidence based treatment (e.g. CBT, DBT).
Peterson, A., Monahan, M., Bender, A., Karver, M. (2020). Don’t Invite Everyone! Training Variables Impacting the Effectiveness of QPR Trainings. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.
Chen, J. I., Bozzay, M. L., Monahan, M. F., Gryglewicz, K., Romero, G., Steding, L. H., Gleason, L. L., & Karver, M. S. (2019). Life after loss: Comparing student service member/veteran and civilian mental health characteristics among individuals exposed to death by suicide. Journal of American College Health, 67(3), 197-206.
Gryglewicz, K., Monahan, M., Chen, J. I., Bozzay, M., Bender, A., Gleason, L. L., Witmeier, M., & Karver, M. S. (2019). Examining the Effects of Role Play Practice in Enhancing Clinical Skills to Assess and Manage Suicide Risk. Journal of Mental Health, 11, 1-9. DOI: 10.1080/09638237.2018.1521936.
Peterson, A. L., Chen, J.I., Karver, M.S., & Labouliere, C.D. (2019). Frustration with Feeling: Latent Classes of Non-Suicidal Self-injury and Emotion Regulation Difficulties. Psychiatry Research, 275, 61-70.
Totura, C.M. Wienke, Labouliere, C.D., Gryglewicz, K., & Karver, M.S. (2019). Adolescent Decision-Making: The Value of Perceived Behavioral Control in Predicting Engagement in Suicide Prevention Behaviors. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 48(9), 1784-1795.
Totura, C. M Wienke, Labouliere, C. D., Gryglewicz, K., & Karver, M. S. (2019). The Role of Youth Trainee-Trainer Alliance and Involvement in School-Based Prevention: A Moderated-Mediation Model of Student Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training. Administration and Policy in Mental Health, 46(2), 209-219.
Karver, M. S., De Nadai, A. S., Monahan, M., & Shirk, S. R. (2018). Meta-analysis of the prospective relation between alliance and outcome in child and adolescent psychotherapy. Psychotherapy, 55(4), 341-355.
Elzy, M. & Karver, M. (2018). Behaviour vs. perception: An investigation into the components of emotional invalidation. Personality and Mental Health, 12(1), 59-72.
Gryglewicz, K., Kutash, K., Elzy, M. B., Hangartner, R. R., & Karver, M. S. (2018). Engaging families: A pilot evaluation to examine the utility of a health promotional resource on youth suicide prevention. Journal of Family Social Work, 21(4-5), 399-412.
Hangartner, R., Totura, C., Labouliere, C., Gryglewicz, K., & Karver, M. (2018). Benchmarking the "Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)" Program against Evaluations of Established Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Trainings. Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior, 49(2), 353-370.