Kroshus, E., Sherman, R.T., Thompson, R.A., Sossin, K., & Austin, S.B. (2014). Gender differences in high school coaches’ knowledge, attitudes and communication about the female athlete triad. Eating Disorders, 22, 193-208.
Initial summary analysis is here.
2. Mental Fitness’s Tiered Eating Disorder Trainings in K-12 schools were the catalyst for a study to be released in collaboration with Coastal Carolina University researchers. In press.
3. In 2015 we began collaborating with research teams on our prevention programs being rolled out in Spartanburg, SC 2015-2018. Follow along at NOURISHSpartanburg,com. We are grateful to be working in collaboration with many partners, including:
- District 7 Schools
- Meeting Street Academy
- Spartanburg Day School
- VCOM, Spartanburg
- Dr. Cynthia Bulik, UNC-Chapel Hill
- Dr. Christina Peat, UNC-Chapel Hill
- Dr. Camden Elliot, UNC-Chapel Hill
- Dr. Christina Anderson, Coastal Carolina
- Dr. Michelle Albright, Senior Consultant – Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
4. Since we started with the NORMAL rock musical program in schools (NIS program) we have gathered pre- and post- program surveys created & evaluated by researchers and PhD candidates. 2007-2008 samples include:
— Evaluation of surveys distributed after live presentation of NIS program. Of the participants who were currently struggling with an eating disorder, 55% reported they were more willing to seek help after experiencing the NIS program. Click here for a poster that was presented on these findings.
2015-2016 Mental Fitness Nonprofit Primary Research Projects and Programs:
Project #1: Building Overall Health in Children. A collaboration with UNC-Chapel Hill Genomics and other researchers to create a “mental fitness map” assessment. The project will focus on the impact that sleep, stress and behavioral health have on overall physical health in children and their families. Our goal is to roll out the program in Spartanburg through pilot testing, then expand model to other schools.
Project #2: Ongoing “Tiered Trainings” for K-12 and University Faculty & Staff “How To Manage Serious Mental Illness and Eating Disorders in School Setting.” Based on the evidence-based model we created in Spartanburg schools in 2013-2014 in collaboration with Coastal Carolina and Harvard School of Public Health researchers and funded by the Judy Bradshaw Children’s Foundation and Mary Black Foundation, we now seek to roll out our professional development trainings for faculty and staff in other states.
Project #3: FLOURISH — near-peer mentoring program for high school and elementary school students. Created in collaboration with Spartanburg Day School ASTRA students and Meeting Street Academy children, Mental Fitness launches FLOURISH which utilizes existing evidence-based content that is taught to high school students. This program is led by Carter Johnson, Robyn Hussa Farrell and is co-Chaired by ASTRA Day School students: Elizabeth Blackford and Ansley Glenn.
Ongoing: Various live trainings on mental fitness, stress management, healthy body image, eating disorders prevention and other topics. Contact us for more information.
Our Dedication to Research and Science — From Mental Fitness Founder, Robyn Hussa Farrell:
One of my earliest memories from childhood took place in my dad’s lab at the Medical College of Wisconsin (then, Marquette University) in the basement of County General Hospital. My sister and brother and I sat next to each other — each on our very own lab stool — patiently numbering each test tube with our own black Sharpie. When we would complete an entire tray, our dad would carefully pipette liquid samples into the tubes, cover each with a parafin wax sheet, and lower the trays into the incubator. We wouldn’t know until decades later that those test tubes contained important antibodies used to measure the amount of pregnancy hormone (hCG) in trophoblast cell cultures established from cancer patients at the Medical College. We just knew that our dad in his white lab coat, with pen-protected-pocket, wearing quarter-inch thick glasses, was our definition of a true rockstar.
We were the children of an award-winning cancer researcher and — without even trying — we were born into the world with an innate sense of appreciation for science. For the art of science.
The live arts programs we brought into schools, along with qualified mental health experts almost immediately led to dozens of families and 7 of my closest friends and loved ones seeking treatment for a range of mental health complications. We began connecting the dots of mental fitness and realized that it was time to assist the mental health community in the way my dad and his colleagues assisted the cancer community some 45 years ago. Similar to mental health, cancer used to be a shameful, stigmatized topic. Today, athletes bear bright pink on national television in solidarity with those suffering from cancer.
Learning from history — and from science — maybe we can do the same with mental health.
Since the time mentalfitness began, we have measured and evaluated our programs in an effort to track how we are doing, and to reach this common goal of building mental fitness in all youth in the safest and most efficacious manner.
Defining evidence-based programs.
“adopted by the Institute of Medicine (2001, p. 147) as adapted from Sackett and colleagues (2000): ‘Evidence-based practice is the integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values.’ The purpose of EBPP is to promote effective psychological practice and enhance public health by applying empirically supported principles of psychological assessment, case formulation, therapeutic relationship, and intervention.”
Read the entire statement, here.