Behavioral Health

Vicarious Trauma Toolkit

Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT)

Organizations know vicarious trauma hurts and are aware of the related constructs of compassion fatigue and burnout as risk factors for turnover. This project’s goal is to fill this gap by delivering a nationally pilot-tested training and technical assistance toolkit.

Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing in Construction Workers Understanding the Role of Work and the Conditions of Work

The multidisciplinary team of researchers (Health Sciences and Sociology) will use a mix-methods approach to determine construction worker perspectives on their mental health and wellbeing and how work contributes to mental health and wellbeing of the workers.


Boston Consortium Model Enhancement: Integrated Wellness Model for Women of Color (BCME)

An evaluation of comprehensive trauma-informed, culturally-tailored substance abuse, behavioral health, and primary care services to low-income adult women in Boston who are at high risk of or living with HIV/AIDS, with a particular focus on recruiting and serving women of color.

Providing Access to Addictions Treatment, Hope and Support (PAATHS)

An evaluation of peer led services focused on enhancing substance use treatment and recovery outcomes for predominantly Latino and African American Men and Women with a history of co-occurring (substance abuse and mental health) disorders in Boston.

Post-Partum Women and Infants Study (PPWI)

Post-Partum Women and Infants Study (PPWI)

This three-year project responds to an identified need to expand residential substance abuse treatment services for pregnant and postpartum Latina women in Boston.

Safe & Sound

Safe and Sound Return

The Safe and Sound Return (SSR) program, which began in 2009, expands and enhances substance abuse treatment and reentry services for women returning to their communities after being incarcerated.

Entrepreneurship Training Institute

Entrepreneurship Training Institute

The Entrepreneurship Training Institute is part of the Safe and Sound Return Program, which is run in conjunction with Northeastern professors in the College of Business Administration and the Boston Public Health Commission

Men in Recovery

Boston Consortium for Men in Recovery

The Boston Consortium of Services for Men in Recovery, which began in 2009, implements and evaluates a model of integrated substance abuse and mental health treatment for men of color.

Moving On To Recovery and Empowerment (MORE)

Moving On To Recovery and Empowerment (MORE)

This five-year project, which began in 2007, is a collaborative project with the Boston Public Health Commission’s (BPHC) Bureau of Addictions Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Support Services and an array of Boston-area health organizations.


Social Marketing Campaign & Posters

The following social marketing campaign posters were developed with input and participation by Northeastern University students.

Health Study for Women

Women’s Health Study: Integrated Sexual Health and HIV Prevention Intervention

The Women’s Health Study aimed to assess the feasibility, acceptability, potential benefits, and outcome trends of an intervention designed to promote the use of long-acting contraceptives among women in treatment for drug addiction.

The Literacy Study

The Literacy Study: The meaning and impact of limited literacy in the lives of people with serious mental illness

The goal of this study is to increase our understanding of the prevalence of limited literacy among people using public, urban mental health outpatient services and to examine mechanisms that inform our understanding of these relationships.

Health Care and Payment Reform

Population Health Investments by Health Plans and Large Provider Organizations – Exploring the Business Case

This study sought to determine if health plans and large provider organizations have a business case for investing in population health; and, if so, to understand how business interests inform investment decisions and shape project outcomes.

Massachusetts’ Prevention and Wellness Trust

This White Paper focuses on one alterna­tive approach: the Prevention and Wellness Trust in Massachusetts, whose purpose is to gather evidence of the cost-saving power of disease prevention.

Trust for America’s Health

Trust for America’s Health

TFAH is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of communities and working to make disease prevention a national priority.

Health Care

Innovation in Funding Prevention and Reducing Costs of Health Care in Massachusetts

For this study the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice at Northeastern University will develop a white paper and a series of related documents that examine the implications of the various Massachusetts health care and payment reform bills for the financing of both public health and health-promotion efforts within the state.

Community Health Worker Evaluation

The Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice at Northeastern University will discover the role of Community Health Workers in MA Community Health Centers and evaluate the perspectives of private and public insurers about Community Health Workers.


Women's Project

Reducing Urban Women’s HIV Risk: Soap Opera Videos on Video Capable Cellphones

If the aims of this proposal are achieved, potentially hard to reach young urban women who may be at risk for HIV will be able to access health promotion videos on their own cell phones.


GENERATIONS: Strengthening Women and Families Affected by HIV/AIDS

The GENERATIONS Initiative Project of the National AIDS Fund builds collaborative relationships with community-based organizations so they are better able to offer proven, innovative HIV prevention and support programs that assist girls, women and their families.


DiversityData and DiversityData-Kids

The DiversityData project identifies metropolitan area indicators of diversity, opportunity, quality of life and health for various racial and ethnic population groups.


Youth – Plan, Learn, Act, Now! (Y-PLAN)

IUHR has teamed up with the Center for Cities & Schools at the University of California at Berkeley (UCB) to begin implementing its award-winning Y-PLAN initiative outside of California.

Housing Policy Experiment

Effects of a Housing Policy Experiment on Youth Behavioral Problems

This study is the only available large-scale study that has randomly assigned individuals to receive different neighborhood contexts, to support strong causal inferences of how neighborhoods shape mental health.

Northeastern’s Smoke-Free Policy Evaluation

Recently, the efforts for colleges and universities to become tobacco and smoke-free has gained significant strength. This evaluation seeks to follow Northeastern’s transition into a smoke-free campus.


Healthy Visions

Healthy Visions Project

The Healthy Visions Project (previously The Food and Health Poster Contest) began in 2009.