Dr. Stephanie Bryson joined the Faculty as an assistant professor in 2012. She received her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work and her PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from Brandeis University, where she was a National Institute Mental Health Predoctoral Fellow in mental health services research. Dr. Bryson conducts research on the rights and needs of children who are involved in multiple systems of care, including mental health, child welfare, and developmental disabilities. Before coming to UBC, she was a full time researcher for ten years at the University of Kansas. She has received more than $14 million in funding from: BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development; the National Institute of Mental Health; Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, Children’s Bureau; and the REACH Healthcare Foundation. She has served as PI or Co-PI of more than 20 studies of child welfare and children’s mental health.
Current research projects include: 1) Reducing Stigma of Mental Illness among Boys and Men in Asian Communities in Canada; 2) an independent evaluation of BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services’ Trauma Informed Care Initiative; 3) BC MCFD-sponsored Adoptions research; and 4) an innovative Program Evaluation Course in which students work in partnership with MCFD sponsors to evaluate MCFD programs.
Dr. Bryson is also the Director of the Social Work Intensive in Settings in Healthcare Program (SWISH), a project-based laboratory learning program for students interested in pursuing health social work employment in hospital and community settings.
Recent Projects and Grants
- Reducing Stigma of Mental Illness among Boys and Men in Asian Communities in Canada: An Innovative Intervention Study. Movember Canada: $3,000,000 (2014-17). Role: Co-I; PI: S. Guruge.
- BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services: Trauma Informed Care Initiative-Independent Evaluation: $200,000 (2012-2017) Role: PI
- BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services: Child Mental Health Research Grant-in-Aid $110,000 (2012-2017) Role: Co-PI; R. Sullivan, T. Stainton
- BC Ministry of Children & Family Development: Program Evaluation Course $30,000 (2014-2016) Role: PI ; Co-PI G. Charles
- BC Ministry of Children & Family Development: Adoptions Research $30,000 (2014-2016) Role: Co-PI ; Co-PI G. Charles
- S. DHHS, AYCF, ACF, Children’s Bureau: Permanency Innovations Initiative $ 13391059 (2010-2015) Role: Co-PI, (2010-2012); Co-PIs T. McDonald, B. Akin
- REACH Healthcare Foundation: Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools $220,810 (2008-2013) Role: PI
- Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City: Achieving Youth Success through Parent Involvement $295,145 (2009-2012) Role: PI
Bryson, S. & Akin, B. (2015). Predictors of admission to acute inpatient psychiatric care among children enrolled in Medicaid. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 42: 197-208, DOI 10.1007/s10488-014-0560-6.
Bryson, S. & Ostmeyer K. (2014). Increasing the effectiveness of community mental health center social skills groups for children with autism spectrum disorder: A training and consultation example. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, January 2014, 10.1007/s10488-013-0533-1
Bryson, S., Akin, B., Blasé, K., McDonald T., & Walker, S. (2014). Selecting an EBP to reduce long term foster care: Lessons from a university-child welfare agency partnership. Journal of Evidence Based Social Work, 11(1-2): 208-221.
Akin, B., Bryson, S., Testa, M., Blasé, K., & McDonald, T. (2013). Usability testing initial implementation and evaluation of an evidence-based intervention: Lessons learned from a demonstration project to reduce long-term foster care. Evaluation and Planning, 41:19-30. (Lead on research; 50% manuscript preparation).
Akin, B., Bryson, S., McDonald, T., & Walker, S. (2012). Defining a target population at high-risk of long-term foster care: Barriers to permanency for families of children with serious emotional disturbances. Child Welfare, 91(6).
Bryson, S., Corrigan, S., McDonald T., & Holmes, C. (2008). Characteristics of children with autism spectrum disorders who received services through community mental health centers. Autism, 12 (1): 65-82.
McDonald, T., Bryson, S., & Poertner, J. (2006). Balancing reunification and reentry goals. Children and Youth Services Review, 28: 47-58.
Garnick, D.W., Horgan, C.M., Merrick, E.L., Hodgkin, D., Faulkner, D., Bryson, S. (2002). Managed care plans’ requirements for screening for alcohol, drug, and mental health problems in primary care. American Journal of Managed Care, 8(10): 879-888.
Reports & White Papers
Akin, B., Bryson, S., Wilson, C., & McDonald (2014). WHITE PAPER: A case example of the ACYF’s Well-being framework: The Kansas Intensive Permanency Project. Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, Children’s Bureau, Washington, D.C.
Akin, B., Bryson, S. (2011). Phase 1 Report: Medicaid children’s focused study: Multilevel analysis of children’s psychiatric hospitalization.
Akin, B., Bryson, S., Moore, T. (2010). Medicaid children’s focused study: Inpatient psychiatric care for children and youth.
Akin, B., Bryson, S., & Gomi, S., Moore, T., Parkinson-Arnold, E., Tullis, L. (2009). Medicaid children’s focused study: Prescribing patterns of psychotropic drugs among child Medicaid beneficiaries in the State of Kansas.
Bryson, S., Ostmeyer K., & Corrigan, S. (2009). Implementing social skills groups for children with autism spectrum disorders in community mental health centers.
Bryson, S., Holt, K., Levy, M., Moore, T., & McDonald, T. (2008). Mental health and substance abuse services to parents of children in foster care.
Bryson, S., Randall, C., Corrigan, S. (2008). Optimizing service delivery to children and youth with autism spectrum disorders.
Taylor, T., Bryson, S., Corrigan, S. (2008). Medicaid service delivery to children with autism spectrum disorders.
Bryson, S., Levy, M., Moore, T. (2007). Mental health and substance abuse services to parents of children in foster care. University of Kansas: Office of Child Welfare and Children’s Mental Health.
Bryson, S., Corrigan, S., & Holmes, C. (2006). Service challenges for children with autism spectrum disorders and mental health needs. University of Kansas: Office of Child Welfare and Children’s Mental Health.