Lisa A Razzano

Lisa A Razzano
University of Illinois at Chicago | UIC · Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics (Chicago)

PhD, CPRP

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Introduction
Lisa A. Razzano, PhD, CPRP is a tenured Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Deputy Director of the UIC Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy. She is an internationally recognized expert on mental health, with particular expertise in psychiatric rehabilitation, physical health co-morbidities, and services research.Currently, she Chairs the Board of Directors of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association and holds a certification as a psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner.
Education
August 1987 - June 1991
DePaul University
Field of study
  • Psychology
August 1985 - June 1987
August 1981 - June 1985
Occidental College
Field of study
  • Psychobiology

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Publications (57)
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Objective: Virtual Reality Job Interview Training (VR-JIT) is a computerized interview simulator with efficacy at enhancing interview skills and employment outcomes. A randomized controlled trial assessed VR-JIT effectiveness for participants in individual placement and support (IPS), in which approximately 55% of individuals with serious mental il...
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Objective: Virtual Reality Job Interview Training (VR-JIT) is a computerized interview simulator with efficacy at enhancing interview skills and employment outcomes. A randomized controlled trial assessed VR-JIT effectiveness for participants in individual placement and support (IPS), in which approximately 55% of individuals with serious mental i...
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Objective Prior research has not addressed whether both serious mental illness (SMI) and other mental health (OMH) disorders affect the likelihood of 30-day readmissions after medical hospitalizations, or whether post-discharge use of outpatient medical, mental health, and pharmacy services is associated with readmission likelihood. Methods Using...
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Objective: As part of a study of health status among 457 adults with diagnostically heterogeneous serious mental illnesses served by the public mental health system in four U.S. states, we assessed predictors of current cigarette smoking. Methods: We examined bivariate relationships between smoking status and risks for drug and alcohol use disor...
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Objective: This study examined the prevalence and correlates of co-occurring obesity and diabetes among community mental health program members. Methods: Medical screenings of 457 adults with serious mental illnesses were conducted by researchers and peer wellness specialists in four U.S. states. Body mass index was measured directly. Diabetes w...
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The prevalence of obesity and its associations with gender, clinical factors, and medical co-morbidities were examined among 457 adults attending public mental health programs in 4 U.S. states. BMI was measured directly and other information was gathered by interview. Over half (59 %, n = 270) were obese including 18 % (n = 83) who were morbidly ob...
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This study examined the prevalence and treatment of 17 co-occurring physical health conditions among adults with serious mental health disorders, and factors associated with prevalence of the 5 most common medical co-morbidities. Data were collected from 457 adults attending publicly funded mental health programs who participated in community healt...
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Many individuals with major mental disorders live with medical comorbidities that contribute to poor quality of life and shortened life span (Parks, Svendsen, Singer, Foti, & Mauer, 2006). We conducted a study to screen for, identify, and document co-occurring physical health conditions, health risk factors, and use of health care services among in...
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Supported Employment (SE) can help transition age youth and young adults to obtain employment and develop meaningful careers and financial security. The purpose of this analysis is to examine the role of SE in achieving employment outcomes for youth (ages 18-24) and young adults (ages 25-30), compared to outcomes for older adults. Given the importa...
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Background: We assessed prevalence of medical co-morbidities among adults with serious mental illnesses via community health fairs at which peer health educators reviewed results with participants post-assessment. We hypothesized that co-morbidities would be more prevalent than in the general population, and predicted significant post-test improvem...
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The purpose of this study was to test the effectiveness of the Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) self-management intervention in reducing depression and anxiety and in increasing self-perceived recovery among individuals with a serious mental illness. Participants were recruited from outpatient community mental health settings in six Ohio co...
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A fundamental aspect of successful illness self-management for people with serious mental illnesses is the ability to advocate for themselves in health and rehabilitation settings. This study reports findings from a randomized controlled trial comparing propensity for patient self-advocacy among those who received a peer-led mental illness self-man...
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Research literature exploring the importance of service integration to positive employment outcomes is relatively sparse. One study in this area was conducted by Drake and colleagues (2003), and focused on the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of supported employment (SE). Investigators analyzed quantitative and qualitative data from thr...
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The purpose of this study was to determine the efficacy of a peer-led illness self-management intervention called Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) by comparing it with usual care. The primary outcome was reduction of psychiatric symptoms, with secondary outcomes of increased hopefulness, and enhanced quality of life (QOL). A total of 519 ad...
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This article describes a curricular transformation initiative, the Recovery Education in the Academy Program (REAP), spearheaded by the University of Illinois at Chicago's National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability. REAP is designed to integrate principles of recovery, self-determination, and other evidence-based practices for...
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This study examined changes in psychosocial outcomes among participants in an eight-week, peer-led, mental illness self-management intervention called Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP). Eighty individuals with serious mental illness at five Ohio sites completed telephone interviews at baseline and one month after the intervention. Paired t t...
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Introduction: HIV/AIDS Among Mental Health ConsumersHIV/AIDS education and preventionHIV/AIDS risk-assessment strategiesWorking with HIV/AIDS-Affected ConsumersSummary and Conclusions AcknowledgementsReferences
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This article summarizes the published results of the Employment Intervention Demonstration Program (EIDP), a federally-funded, multi-site study examining the effectiveness of supported employment programs for 1273 unemployed individuals with psychiatric disabilities in the U.S. Findings confirm the effectiveness of supported employment across diffe...
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There is a growing awareness of the incidence of mental disorders among women involved in the criminal justice system. Two hundred and eighty-three women were participants in a federally-funded study and all met DSM-IVcriteria for at least two Axis I disorders, including one substance abuse diagnosis. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (chronic) was the...
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Effects of co-occurring disorders on work outcomes were explored among individuals with severe mental illness who were participating in a multisite randomized study of supported employment. At seven sites, 1,273 people were randomly assigned to an experimental supported employment program or a control condition and followed for 2 years. Multivariat...
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The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 removes work disincentives and promotes access to vocational services for people with disabilities. This study calculated the amount of payments that would have been made to employment service providers if study participants had been enrolled in the Ticket program. Data were from 450 So...
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People with psychiatric disabilities experience disproportionately high rates of unemployment. As research evidence is mounting regarding effective vocational programs, interest is growing in identifying subgroup variations. Data from a multisite research and demonstration program were analyzed to identify demographic characteristics associated wit...
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With the advent of more advanced treatments and therapies, people with HIV/AIDS are experiencing significant improvements in their health, making many of their ongoing employment and career goals more realistic. However, people with HIV/AIDS continue to have major concerns regarding the impact of working on their benefits and entitlements, includin...
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This study examined changes in service delivery patterns of health and mental health service providers one year after a training on the fundamentals of HIV/AIDS and mental health. Paired t-tests for 424 training recipients showed significant increases in delivery of HIV-related services, and these remained significant while controlling for addition...
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Studies examining mental health services have identified a series of indicators with demonstrated effects on services access, barriers, and utilization, including gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status, as well as indicators such as type of insurance, client attitudes toward mental health, and diagnosis. This study identifies predictors o...
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The purpose of this study was to explore the effects of local unemployment rates on evidence-based supported employment (SE) programs tailored for people with psychiatric disabilities. Participants (n = 1, 273) from 7 states in the US were randomly assigned to experimental SE or services as usual/comparison conditions and followed for 24 months. Mi...
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Research has shown that supported employment programs are effective in helping psychiatric outpatients achieve vocational outcomes, yet not all program participants are able to realize their employment goals. This study used 24 months of longitudinal data from a multisite study of supported employment interventions to examine the relationship of pa...
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Although large-scale surveys indicate that patients with severe mental illness want to work, their unemployment rate is three to five times that of the general adult population. This multisite, randomized implementation effectiveness trial examined the impact of highly integrated psychiatric and vocational rehabilitation services on the likelihood...
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National probability surveys indicate that most individuals with schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses are not employed. This multisite study tested the effectiveness of supported employment (SE) models combining clinical and vocational rehabilitation services to establish competitive employment. We randomly assigned 1273 outpatients with...
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Similarities and differences in indicators of psychological distress, risk factors for distress, and methods of coping were assessed in African American lesbians and heterosexual women. Despite similar rates of risk factors, lesbians reported more indicators of psychological distress and more frequent use of alcohol or other drugs in response to st...
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This study compared factors known or hypothesized to influence depressive symptomatology in a community sample of lesbians and heterosexual women. Data were collected in a multisite survey of lesbians' physical and mental health. Findings confirmed earlier reports suggesting that traumatic life events such as physical and sexual abuse, and individu...
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Numerous studies examining mental health services have identified a series of indicators with demonstrated effects on services access, barriers, and utilization. These include demographic features such as gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status, as well as other factors such as type of insurance, clinical indicators such as diagnosis, and...
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The importance of close and effective collaboration to the success of a multisite study is the focus of this chapter, which describes the ways in which key parties worked together to identify and overcome the challenges of a large and complicated evaluation.
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This article reports outcomes of an evaluation of an HIV training program entitled "Fundamentals of Mental Health and HIV/AIDS." The program was targeted to a broad array of health and mental health providers including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, primary care physicians, clergy, nurses, pastoral counselors, and chemical dependency...
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Reliability of well-known instruments was examined in 202 people with severe mental illness participating in a multisite vocational study.We examined interrater reliability of the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) and the internal consistency and test-retest reliability of the PANSS, the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, the Medical Outcomes...
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The objective of this study was to investigate providers' knowledge, attitudes and service provision patterns for Bosnian refugees with PTSD and to consider the overall implications for trauma-related mental health services. A survey instrument was developed and administered to 30 randomly selected service providers working with Bosnian refugees in...
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This analysis uses canonical correlation techniques to explore client outcomes following psychosocial rehabilitation services in two rehabilitation areas: vocational and residential. At issue are the ways in which these two outcomes are affected by a series of eight client characteristics and service delivery features. The overarching question is t...
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Preliminary evidence suggests that mental health consumers can successfully serve as peer companions, case management aides, case managers, job coaches, and drop-in center staff. However, few empirical investigations have addressed the use of consumers to train mental health professionals. This project employed a randomized design to test the effec...
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Examined the effect of gender on standardized, computer-based vocational assessments. Specifically, McCarron-Dial Work Evaluation System scores for 182 clients (122 men, 60 women) with mental illness were examined in relation to the actual vocational outcomes achieved by these clients. Findings suggest significant gender differences on several McCa...
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Describes HIV-risk behaviors and services for members of a large psychosocial rehabilitation agency. Results of an all-agency HIV-risk factor screening of 757 clients with severe mental illness are presented. Rates of sexual activity, sexually transmitted disease history, iv drug use, and numbers of partners are reported, along with the proportion...
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Describes an HIV risk assessment screening for deaf clients with severe mental illness at a large psychosocial rehabilitation agency. The agency has developed education, prevention, and ongoing support services to respond to the needs of this at-risk population. The authors summarize the results of an HIV risk assessment screening of 39 clients wit...
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Reports an error in "Psychosocial rehabilitation of deaf persons with severe mental illness: A multivariate model of residential outcomes" by Judith A. Cook, Karen Kozlowski Graham and Lisa A. Razzano ( Rehabilitation Psychology , 1993[Win], Vol 38[4], 261-274). The article was published with an excessive number of typographical errors. The publish...
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This article focuses on the challenges faced when attempting to secure employment and on ways in which rehabilitation gaff can best .market the value of working with persons with mental illness. Research on employer reactions to different stages of the job development and rehabilitation process is presented. Materials developed to educate and infor...
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This analysis focuses on an innovative model of community treatment which integrates the fields of psychosocial rehabilitation and deaf culture. Multivariate regression analysis revealed that five factors account for 47% of the variance in the residential outcomes of 60 clients who are deaf and mentally ill. Holding all other variables in the model...
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In 1987, Thresholds, a psychosocial rehabilitation agency in Chicago, received a three-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to add supported employment services to its vocational programming for persons with psychiatric disabilities. The purpose of this project was to provide community employment and ongoing support to persons with a...
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Thesis (M.S.)--State University of New York College at Cortland, 1988.
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Typescript. Thesis (Ph. D.)--DePaul University, 1991. Department of Psychology. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 143-155). Microfilm.

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