Past Research / Studies

April 2010 (Orlando, FL) – The Institute for Social and Policy Research at Purdue Calumet and the Behavioral Health and Family Studies Institute at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne presented at the 43rd Annual American Association of Suicidology Conference in April 2010. They presented their findings on material collected as part of the evaluation study of the Indiana Cares Youth Suicide Prevention Project gatekeeper programs in the State of Indiana.

The study included 318 participants who were trained in recognizing signs of suicide in youth and taking action to help. When the training was completed, participants were given surveys to assess their satisfaction with the training. Survey questions were designed to inquire how participants would use the information they learned in the future, how useful the training would be to them, and a general assessment of the course.

The ISPR and BHFSI can use this valuable information to modify future trainings to best suit the needs of participants.

To see the full results of this study, click here to download a pdf of the data

Posted by Tom Pavkov, Ph.D., Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 – 12:03 pm.


About the project:
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The Indiana Cares Youth Suicide Prevention Project is funded by a 3-year Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant under the Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Program. It is a project of the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Behavioral Health and Family Studies Institute. It is a sister project of, and builds on the work of, the Indiana Suicide Prevention Coalition.

The core of the Indiana Cares Project is the Youth Suicide Prevention Technical Assistance Center. The Technical Assistance Center provides assistance and resources to individuals, communities, and agencies across Indiana to prevent suicide among youth ages 10-24.

Website: www.indianacares.org

Posted by Tom Pavkov, Ph.D., Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 – 12:03 pm.


A ning is a social network that is customized, and can be used like a private website. Unlike a website, people must become members of the ning to view its contents. A “ning” can be a place for its members to discuss issues, share/receive information, post announcements, have virtual meetings with video, work on projects/documents together, and otherwise become connected to others with similar interests in suicide prevention.

Indiana’s Suicide Prevention Ning

Here are some of the things we envision members would do in the Suicide Prevention Ning:

  • Discuss issues and post comments about current events and issues via a blog.
  • Join and interact with people from different groups. See the groups, including the regional/county suicide prevention councils/coalitions around the state.
  • Visit our resource corner that has links to documents, videos, data by region, funding opportunities, PowerPoint presentations, etc., all regarding suicide prevention.
  • View and add to an event calendar.
  • Eventually, we like to have a map that you could click on to see what is going on across the state regarding suicide prevention.
  • Host virtual meetings.
  • Have huddle spaces to work on tasks (as desired).

To sign up for the Indiana Suiced Prevention Virtual Community please click here

Posted by Tom Pavkov, Ph.D., Thursday, September 9th, 2010 – 1:49 pm.


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Indian Country Today recoginizes “A Hand to Hold Onto”.
To read this article please click here.

For more information about this project please download the press release.

Posted by Tom Pavkov, Ph.D., Thursday, September 9th, 2010 – 12:30 pm.
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ISPR investigators are publishing their research on residential treatment centers in the upcoming issue of Residential Treatment for Children and Youth.  The article titled “Improving the quality of services in residential treatment facilities: A strength-based consultative review process” focuses on the effects of the Residential Treatment Center Evaluation Project upon service quality in residential treatment centers from 2001 through 2005.  The project, coordinated by Dr. Thomas Pavkov and Dr. Richard Hug of Indiana University Northwest, involved a process of consultative review designed to improve the quality of services for child welfare and juvenile court involved youth from northwest Indiana. The article reports the successes of that process in a number of critical areas of care. Ms. Sesen Negash, former ISPR graduate assistant, also assisted in the research along with the Project’s consulting psychiatrist, Dr. Ira Lourie.

Posted by Tom Pavkov, Ph.D., Saturday, January 30th, 2010 – 1:23 am.