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We strongly value making our work accessible to stakeholders who are experiencing and/or working to end homelessness. If you do not have institutional access to an article, please contact Dr. Molly Brown to request a copy, and she will gladly share. Molly also welcomes stakeholders to reach out with questions about published work and to discuss potential implications for service delivery.

Coordinated Entry & Assessment

Ecker, J., Brown, M., Aubry, T., Francombe Pridham, K., & Hwang,  S. W. (2022). Coordinated access and Coordinated entry system processes in the housing and homelessness sector: A critical commentary on current practices. Housing Policy Debate. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/10511482.2022.2058580

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

Housing First

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

Homelessness Prevention & Rapid Rehousing

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.

Private Market Housing & Employment

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.

Trauma & Trauma-Informed Care

Mihelicova, M., Wegrzyn, A., Brown, M., & Greeson, M. (2021). Stressors of rape crisis work from the perspectives of advocates with and without sexual assault victimization history. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36, NP10766 –NP10789. doi:10.1177/0886260519876715

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

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

Homeless Service Evaluation

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.

Understanding Homelessness

Cummings, C., Lei, Q., Hochberg, L., Hones, V., & Brown, M. (2022). Social support and networks among people experiencing chronic homelessness: A systematic review. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 92, 349-363. doi:10.1037/ort0000616

Lei, Q., & Brown, M. (2022). Identifying a typology of homelessness based on self-sufficiency: Implications for rapid re-housing interventions. Journal of Community Psychology, 50, 2031-2044. doi:10.1002/jcop.22596

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

Community Health & Mental Health

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