Publications & Presentations

Articles and Reports by Topic

Tran, A., Brown, M., & Cummings, C. (2021). Participant engagement strategies in a Housing First randomized trial. Cityscape, 23, 339-348. Available here.

Brown, M., & Cummings, C. (2020). Learning from our mistakes: Challenges and opportunities in randomized housing-first communities. Communitypsychology.com. Available here.

Brown, M., Tran, A., Cummings, C., Fay, L., Malone, D., Fyall, R., & Tsemberis, S. (2020). Attempting randomized Housing First research in a community context: Reflections on failure. American Journal of Community Psychology, 66, 201-213. doi:10.1002/ajcp.12421

Watson, D. P., Ahonen, E. Q., Shuman, V., Brown, M., Tsemberis, S., Huynh, P., Ouyang, F., & Xu, H. (2018). The Housing First Technical Assistance and Training (HFTAT) implementation strategy: Outcomes from a mixed method study of three programs. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 13:32. doi:10.1186/s13011-018-0172-3

Watson, D. P., Shuman, V., Kowalsky, J., Golembiewski, E., & Brown, M. (2017). Housing First and harm reduction: A rapid review and document analysis of the US and Canadian open-access literature. Harm Reduction Journal, 14:30. doi:10.1186/s12954-017-0158-x

Brown, M., Jason, L., Malone, D., Srebnik, D., & Sylla, L. (2016). Housing First as an effective model for community stabilization among vulnerable individuals with chronic and non-chronic homelessness histories. Journal of Community Psychology, 44, 384-390. doi:10.1002/jcop.21763

Brown, M. M., & Watson, D. P. (2015). Balancing empirical evidence and ethical considerations in the implementation of permanent supportive housing. Psychiatric Services, 66, 1002-1002doi:10.1176/appi.ps.660901

Brown, M., Malone, D., & Jordan, N. (2015). Tenant satisfaction with a single-site Housing First program. Journal of Social Service Research, 41, 498-507. doi:10.1080/01488376.2015.1039102

Cummings, C., & Brown, M. (2019). Psychometric properties of the Self-Sufficiency Matrix among homeless and vulnerably housed individuals and families. Journal of Community Psychology, 47, 979-994. doi:10.1002/jcop.22167

Brown, M., & Cummings, C. (2018, July). New research on the reliability and validity of the VI-SPDAT: Implications for coordinated assessment. The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness Homeless Hub.

Brown, M., Cummings, C., Lyons, J., Carrión, A., & Watson, D. P. (2018). Reliability and validity of the Vulnerability Index and Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT) in real-world implementation. Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless27, 110-117. doi:10.1080/10530789.2018.1482991

Vaclavik, D., Brown, M., Adenuga, P., Scartozzi, S., & Watson, D. P. (2018). Permanent housing placement and reentry to services among family recipients of Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) assistance. Journal of Primary Prevention, 39, 591-609. doi:10.1007/s10935-018-0529-4

Brown, M., Klebek, L., Chodzen, G., Scartozzi, S., Cummings, C., & Raskind, A. (2018). Housing status among single adults following Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program participation in Indianapolis. Evaluation and Program Planning, 69, 92-98. doi:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2018.04.015

Brown, M., Vaclavik, D., Watson, D. P., & Wilka, E. (2017). Predictors of homeless services reentry within a sample of adults receiving Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) assistance. Psychological Services, 14, 129-140. doi:10.1037/ser0000112

Brown, M., & Vaclavik, D. (2015). Indianapolis Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP) long-term outcomes report. Prepared for the Indianapolis Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention. Available here.

Brown, M., Mihelicova, M., Collins, K., Cummings, C., & Ponce, A. (2020). Housing options for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness: Subsidized and non-subsidized housing outcomes among Pathways to Independence participants. Journal of Social Service Research, 46, 642-657. doi:10.1080/01488376.2019.1612822

Brown, M., Mihelicova, M., Collins, K., & Ponce, A. (2019). Predictors of employment outcomes in a comprehensive service program for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry89, 279-286. doi:10.1037/ort0000358

Brown, M. (2016). Opening more doors to end homelessness through a shared housing approach. Psychiatric Services67, 1161-1161. doi:10.1176/appi.ps.671004
***Selected for Psychiatric Services Editor’s Choice Collection on Homelessness and Mental Health.

Mihelicova, M., Bell, R., & Brown, M. (2020). Trauma-informed design literature review. Report prepared for Bridge Communities, Inc., Glen Ellyn, IL. Available here.

Mihelicova, M., Wegrzyn, A., Brown, M., & Greeson, M. (2019). Stressors of rape crisis work from the perspectives of advocates with and without sexual assault victimization history. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0886260519876715

Katsonga-Phiri, T., Grant, K. E., & Brown, M. (2019). Trauma intervention in Sub-Saharan African children: A systematic literature review. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse20, 453-469. doi:10.1177/1524838017717747

Mihelicova, M., Brown, M., & Shuman, V. (2018). Trauma-informed care for individuals with serious mental illness: An avenue for community psychology’s involvement in community mental health. American Journal of Community Psychology, 61, 141-152. doi:10.1002/ajcp.12217

Ponce, A., Brown, M., Cunningham, A., & Rowe, M. (2018). Stakeholder perspectives on integrated services for people who experience chronic homelessness. Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, 27, 126-134. doi:10.1080/10530789.2018.1501947

Brown, M., Rowe, M., Cunningham, A., & Ponce, A. N. (2018). Evaluation of a comprehensive SAMHSA service program for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 45, 605-613. doi:10.1007/s11414-018-9589-8

Brown, M., Mihelicova, M., Lyons, J., DeFonzo, J., Torello, S., Carrión, A., & Ponce, A. N. (2017). Waiting for shelter: Perspectives on a homeless shelter’s procedures. Journal of Community Psychology, 45, 846-858.doi:10.1002/jcop.21896

Brown, M., & Mihelicova, M. (2016). Pathways to Independence: A transformative case management model for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness. The Community Psychologist, 49.

Brown, M. (2021, January 5). Op-ed: Counting the Chicago homeless: ‘I will never forget the inhumanity of that moment’. Chicago Tribune. Available here.

Cummings, C., & Brown, M. (2019). Barriers to housing from the perspectives of individuals with long-term shelter use histories. Prepared for Franciscan Outreach and Cornerstone Community Outreach. Available here.

Brown, M., Chodzen, G., Mihelicova, M., & Collins, K. (2017). Applying a time-patterned typology of homelessness among individuals with mental illness. American Journal of Community Psychology, 59, 306-315. doi:10.1002/ajcp.12140

Ruiz, L. D., Brown, M., Li, Y., Boots, E. A., Barnes, L., Jason, L., Zenk, S., Clarke, P., & Lamar, M. (2021). Neighborhood socioeconomic resources and crime-related psychosocial hazards, stroke risk, and cognition in older adults. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18, 5122. doi:10.3390/ijerph18105122

Townley, G., Brown, M., & Sylvestre, J. (2018). Community psychology and community mental health: A call for reengagement. American Journal of Community Psychology, 61, 3-9. doi:10.1002/ajcp.12225

Robinson, W. L., Brown, M., Beasley, C. R., & Jason, L. A. (2017). Advancing prevention intervention from theory to application: Challenges and contributions of community psychology. In M. A. Bond, I. Serrano-García, & C. B. Keys (Eds.), APA handbook of community psychology, Volume 2 (pp. 193-213). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. doi:10.1037/14954-012

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Selected Conference Presentations

Lei, Q., Cummings, C., & Brown, M. (2019, August). An analysis of intersectionality theory in community psychology research. In Q. Lei (Chair), Intersectionality in community psychology: Applications, tensions, and future directions. Symposium conducted at the American Psychological Association Convention, Chicago, IL.

Brown, M., & Shuman, V. (2018, April). Trauma-informed care in an integrated healthcare and housing provider. Workshop conducted at the Housing First Partners Conference, Denver, CO.

Brown, M., Cummings, C., Fay, L., Tran, D., Tsemberis, S., & Fyall, R. (2018, April). Conducting Housing First research within organizational and systems contexts. Workshop conducted at the Housing First Partners Conference, Denver, CO.

Cummings, C., & Brown, M. (2017, June). Psychometric properties of the VI-SPDAT: Implications for coordinated assessment policies. In M. Brown (Chair) Housing prioritization assessment instruments: Preliminary findings and a call for future research. Symposium conducted at the Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Ottawa, ON.

Brown, M. (Moderator), Tsemberis, S., Goering, P., Stefancic, A., Shuman, V., & Watson, D. P. (2016, March). Embracing fidelity to improve program outcomes. Workshop conducted at the Housing First Partners Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Steiner, J., Rowe, M., Brown, M., & Ponce, A. (2015, October). Pathways to Independence: An innovative service for adults experiencing chronic homelessness. Symposium conducted at the American Psychiatric Association Institute on Psychiatric Services, New York, NY.

Brown, M., & Ponce, A. (2015, June). Promoting independence, citizenship, and recovery from homelessness using a specialized team service approach. In M. Brown (Chair), Refocusing outcomes in homelessness research: Recovery, community engagement, and independence as key indicators of success. Symposium conducted at the Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Lowell, MA.

Brown, M. (2015, May). Understanding outcomes of homeless service innovations through university-community partnerships. In S. Long (Chair), New solutions for continuing problems: The researcher-organization collaboration. Symposium conducted at the SCRA affiliated meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Brown, M., Deeds, M., & McCarthy, D. (2014, March). The art of entrepreneurship: Housing specialists as rental brokers for formerly homeless lessees. Workshop conducted at the 2014 Housing First Partners Conference, Chicago, IL.

Brown, M. (2013, June). Resident perceptions of project-based Housing First: Tackling “Not in my housing program.” In M. Brown (Chair), Enhancing community openness to individuals with homelessness and incarceration histories. Symposium conducted at the Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Miami, FL.

Brown, M. (2013, June). Integrating project-based Housing First with mental health services: Enhancing funding resources and improving care. In R. M. Greenwood (Chair), Housing First: Program dissemination, adaptation and fidelity. Symposium conducted at the Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Miami, FL.

Cummings, C., Davis, S., & Brown, M. (2017, April). Residential outcomes of individuals triaged using the VI-SPDAT. Poster session presented at the SCRA affiliated meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL. Link to Poster

Makol, B. A., Carrión, A., Scartozzi, S. M., Adenuga, P. F., & Brown, M. (2016, May). Psychosocial correlates of time perspective among adults experiencing homelessness. Poster session presented at the SCRA affiliated meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL. Link to Poster

Vaclavik, D., & Brown, M. (2015, November). Are we really filling the gaps? Using social network analysis to measure the impact of efforts to integrate systems accessed by individuals experiencing homelessness. Poster session presented at the American Public Health Association annual meeting, Chicago, IL. Link to Poster
***Winner of Best Student Abstract Award at APHA’s Caucus on Homelessness

Brown, M., Chambers, S., Lewis, J., & Mihelicova, M. (2015, May). Evaluation of a specialized team approach to homeless services. Poster session conducted at the SCRA affiliated meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL. Link to Poster