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Judith A. Cook PhD

Judith A. Cook
Designation
  • Professor of Psychiatry
  • Director, Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy
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    Chicago IL 60612
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Dr. Cook is an internationally recognized authority on mental health services research, specifically the study of clinical and rehabilitation outcomes of children and adults receiving community-based care. She directs a federally funded research center along with numerous grants and contracts focused on intervention science, psychiatric epidemiology, and outcomes research. She designs and implements innovative programs to enhance the health and behavioral health of vulnerable populations. She works with federal, state and local authorities on behavioral health service system redesign and alternative financing strategies. Her recent work focuses on randomized controlled trials of evidence-based practice treatments for serious mental illness, and outcomes of individuals with co-occurring mental illness and chronic medical conditions. She consults with federal agencies including the National Institutes of Health, Social Security Administration, Department of Labor, Government Accountability Office, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Veteran’s Administration. She is currently the Principal Investigator for the first national study of the prevalence of psychiatric and substance use disorders in a multi-site cohort of men and women living with HIV/AIDS and HIV-seronegative comparison populations. She is a former member of the NIMH Study Section on Mental Health Services in Specialty Settings, and currently serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for NIH and other federal agencies.

    • Distinguished Faculty Award, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine, 2012.
    • 2011 Award for Career Contributions to the Sociology of HIV/AIDS, Sociologists AIDS Network
    • Researcher of the Year Award in Clinical Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010
    • John Beard Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, USPRA, 2008
    • Eli Lilly Reintegration Award, 1st Place Winner for Employment Programs, Eli Lilly & Co, 2006
    • National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers Award, NARRTC, 2004
    • William Foote Whyte Distinguished Career Award, American Sociological Association, 2003
    • 2003 Researcher Award, Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Greater Chicago
    • 2002 Mentor of the Year Award, Chancellor's Office, University of Illinois at Chicago
    • Armin Loeb Award for Excellence in Psychosocial Rehabilitation Research, IAPSRS, 1995
  • psychiatry

    mental health services; psychiatric epidemiology; integration of health and behavioral health, psychiatric rehabilitation; HIV/AIDS treatment outcomes; substance use and mental health; behavioral health service system redesign

  • Center on Integrated Health Care and Self-Directed Recovery, (NIDILRR, 90RT5038-01-00);

  • Weight Management and Wellness for People with Psychiatric Disabilities (NIDILRR, 90IF0100-01);

  • National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability and Co-occurring Medical Conditions (NIDRR, H133B100028);

  • Prevalence of DSM-IV Disorders in an Multi-Center HIV+ Women's Cohort (NIMH, R01MH089830);

  • Mental Illness Self-Management Through Wellness Recovery Action Planning (NIMH, R34MH085051);

  • Multisite Study of Self-Directed Care for People with Serious Mental Illness (NIMH, R34MH101364);

  • Disability Research Collaborative at Mathematica (SSA, 1-DRC12000001-01-00).

  • Key Publications

    Cook, J. A., Swarbrick, M., Boss, K. A., Steigman, P. J., Nemec, P., Jonikas, J. A., Brice, G. H., Jr., & Aranda, F. (2022). The importance of employment to workers with preexisting behavioral health disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 45(1), 11–17. https://doi.org/10.1037/prj0000499

    Cook, J.A., Burke-Miller, J.K., Razzano, L.A., Steigman, P.J., Jonikas, J.A., Santos, A. (2021). Serious mental illness, other mental health disorders, and outpatient health care as predictors of 30-day readmissions following medical hospitalization. General Hospital Psychiatry, 70, 10-17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2021.02.004

    Cook, J.A., Jonikas, J.A., Steigman, P.J., Glover, C. Burke-Miller, J.K., Weidenaar, J., O’Neill, S., Pavick, D., Jami, A. & Santos, C.J. (2021). Registry-managed care coordination and education for patients with co-occurring diabetes and serious mental illness. Psychiatric Services, 72(8), 912-919. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.202000096

    Jonikas, J.A., Cook, J.A., Swarbrick, M., Nemec, P., Steigman, P.J., Boss, K.A. & Brice Jr, G.H. (2021). The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health and daily life of adults with behavioral health disorders. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 11(5), 1162-1171. https://doi.org/10.1093/tbm/ibab013

    Cook, J.A., Jonikas, J.A. (2020). The importance of psychiatric rehabilitation services during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Psychiatric Services, 71(9), 883-884. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.71902

    Cook, J.A., Burke-Miller, J.K., Jonikas, J.A., Aranda, F., Santos, A. (2020). Factors associated with 30-day readmissions following medical hospitalizations among Medicaid beneficiaries with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder. Psychiatry Research, 291, 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1093/tbm/ibab013

    Cook, J.A., Jonikas, J.A., Burke-Miller, J.K., Fricks, L., Jenkins Tucker, S. Wolfgang, J.B., Fricks, L., Weidenaar, J., Morris, E. & Powers, D.L. (2020). Whole Health Action Management: A randomized controlled trial of a peer-led health promotion intervention. Psychiatric Services, 71(10), 1039-1046. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.202000012

    Fonow, M.M., Cook, J.A., Burke-Miller, J.K., & Goldsand, R. (2020). An integrative approach to developing social justice leadership by enhancing body awareness, mindfulness and transformational styles of interaction. International Journal of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education, 7(9), 32-43. https://doi.org/10.20431/2349-0381.0709003

    Cook, J. A., Shore, S., Burke-Miller, J. K., Jonikas, J. A., Hamilton, M., Ruckdeschel, B., Norris, W., Markowitz, A.F., Ferrara, M. & Bhaumik, D. (2019). Mental health self-directed care financing: Efficacy in improving outcomes and controlling costs for adults with serious mental illness. Psychiatric Services, 70(3), 191-201. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201800337

    Cook, J. A., Burke-Miller, J. K., Steigman, P. J. et al. (2018). Prevalence, comorbidity, and correlates of psychiatric and substance use disorders and associations with HIV risk behaviors in a multisite cohort of women living with HIV. AIDS and Behavior, 22(10), 3141-3154. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-018-2051-3

    Cook, J. A., Morrow, M., & Battersby, L. (2017). Intersectional policy analysis of self-directed mental health care in Canada. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. 40(2), 244-251. https://doi.org/10.1037/prj0000266

    Cook, J. A., Burke-Miller, J. K., & Roessel, E. (2016). Long-term effects of evidence-based supported employment on earnings and on SSI and SSDI participation among individuals with psychiatric disabilities. American Journal of Psychiatry, 173(10), 1007-1014. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ajp.2016.15101359

    Cook, J. A., Razzano, L., Jonikas, J. A., Swarbrick, M. A., Steigman, P. J., Hamilton, M. M., ... & Santos, A. B. (2016). Correlates of co-occurring diabetes and obesity among community mental health program members with serious mental illnesses. Psychiatric Services, 67(11), 1269-1271. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201500219

    Cook, J. A., & Burke, J. K. (2015). Reasons for job separations in a cohort of workers with psychiatric disabilities. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 52(4), 371-384. http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.10.0260

    Cook, J. A., Razzano, L. A., Swarbrick, M. A., Jonikas, J. A., Yost, C., Burke, L., Steigman, P. J., & Santos, A. (2015). Health risks and changes in self-efficacy following community health screening of adults with serious mental illnesses. PLoS ONE, 10(4): e0123552. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0123552

    Cook, J.A., Burke-Miller, J.K., Grey, D.D., Coccohoba, J. et al. (2014). Do HIV-positive women receive depression treatment that meets best practice guidelines? AIDS and Behavior, 18(16), 1094-1102. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-013-0679-6

    Cook, J.A., Jonikas, J.A., Hamilton, M.M. et al. (2013). Impact of Wellness Recovery Action Planning on service utilization and need in a randomized controlled trial. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 36(4), 250–257. https://doi.org/10.1037/prj0000028

    Cook, J.A., Copeland, M.E., Jonikas, J.A., Hamilton, M.M., Razzano, L.A. et al. (2012). Results of a randomized controlled trial of mental illness self-management using Wellness Recovery Action Planning. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 38(4), 881-891. https://doi.org/10.1093/schbul/sbr012

    Cook, J.A., Copeland, M.E., Floyd, C.B. et al. (2012). Impact of Wellness Recovery Action Planning on depression, anxiety, and recovery: results of a randomized controlled trial. Psychiatric Services, 63(6), 541-547. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201100125

    Cook, J.A. (2011). Associations between use of cocaine and HIV-1 disease progression: research findings and implications for mother-to-infant transmission. Life Sciences, 88, 931–939. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lfs.2011.01.003

    Cook, J.A., Steigman, P., Pickett, S.A., Diehl, S. et al., (2011). Randomized controlled trial of peer-led recovery education using Building Recovery of Individual Dreams and Goals through Education and Support (BRIDGES). Schizophrenia Research. 136(1-3), 36-42. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.schres.2011.10.016

Title Description Investigator(s) Category Status
Healthy ReStart: National Web Survey on the Status of Adults with Psychiatric Disabilities, Intervention Development, & Pilot RCT This study began with a national web survey to determine the health, mental health, and functional status of adults with psychiatric disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Results were used to design a health coaching intervention using online wellness tools called Healthy ReStart. The intervention is being tested in a pilot randomized controlled trial at community mental health agencies. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy On-going
Multi-Site Randomized Controlled Trial of Self-Directed Care for Adults with Psychiatric Disabilities This randomized controlled trial study of mental health self-directed care is occurring in the states of Florida and Texas. It is testing a model of service delivery in which participants manage a personal budget from which they purchase mental health care, social supports, and items that allow them to recover their health and emotional wellness and live independently Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy On-going
National Survey on the Health Status of the Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) Workforce This research adds a new wave of survey data collection to a longitudinal panel study of recently-certified behavioral health Peer Specialists in 5 states. The parent study, called the CPS Career Outcomes Study is being led by Live & Learn Incorporated. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy On-going
Pivot Toward Wellness: Impact of Disrupted Life Transitions on Young Adults’ Health Status & Well-Being Phase one of this study was a national web survey of young adults with mental health conditions to assess the impact of disrupted transitions on their health and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Phase two involves longitudinal qualitative research interviews to explore how societal changes have affected life transitions in ways that influence young people's health and well-being. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy On-going
Randomized Controlled Trial of Blended Telehealth Patient Navigation This project is designing an innovative blended telehealth navigator intervention that combines the evidence-based practices of patient navigation and telemedicine. A randomized controlled trial study is testing the intervention working with study partners from IIT's Chicago Health Disparities Center, Thresholds, Howard Brown Health, and Heartland Health Centers. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy On-going
Randomized Controlled Trial of Virtual Wellness Recovery Action Plan (V-WRAP) This randomized controlled trial study assesses the effectiveness of Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) when delivered via videoconferencing technology. The project’s second phase will involve creation and evaluation of a new national training and certification program for the virtual version of WRAP. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy On-going
Testing an Intervention to Promote Financial Wellness Among Adults with Psychiatric Disabilities This randomized controlled trial study is testing a financial education program called Building Financial Wellness. The program is designed to increase financial literacy and promote money management skills that enhance economic self-sufficiency and mental health recovery for adults with psychiatric disabilities. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy On-going
Advance Crisis Management Program for Inpatient Facilities In an evaluation of an intervention designed to avoid inpatient seclusion and restraint developed at the Center, the Advance Crisis Management program was associated with decreased utilization of mechanical restraint in a university medical center's psychiatric inpatient units, without increases in patient or staff injuries. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy Completed
Analysis of Costs and Service Utilization Following Discharge from Medical Hospitalization among Adults with Mental Illnesses This evaluation of current hospital discharge practices examines the differences in outcomes between adults with and without co-occurring serious mental illnesses and chronic medical conditions using Truven Health Analytics MarketScan® Databases. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy Completed
Assessing Cultural Competency in Peer-Run Mental Health Programs This project developed and evaluated the impact of a cultural competency assessment in 9 peer-run programs in the U.S. Results suggested that peer-run programs benefit from assessing their cultural competency, and implementing program-specific strategies to improve their ability to engage people from across diverse groups. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy Completed
Asset Accumulation through Individual Development Accounts This evaluation demonstrated that savers with mental illnesses can develop assets and reach their financial goals when receiving integrated financial education and clinical support. Learn more and access a peer-reviewed research article.  Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy Completed
Demonstration to Maintain Independence and Employment Long-Term Follow-Up Under the Demonstration to Maintain Independence and Employment (DMIE), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services funded the state of Texas to develop and test an intervention offering comprehensive health insurance, healthcare navigators, and vocational supports for employed workers with mental illness and co-occurring behavioral and physical health disorders. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy Completed
Effects of Stress and Stress Hormones on Cognition in HIV-infected Women The goal of this mentored award is to develop a program of research that addresses the role of stress and stress hormones on cognitive dysfunction among HIV+ women. This study is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH - K01 MH098798). Women's Mental Health Research Program Completed
Efficacy of an Electronic Decision Support System for Smoking Cessation Results from this randomized controlled trial study showed that a web-based intervention that applies a personalized health checklist has the potential to increase motivation to quit smoking at a lower cost than standard motivational procedures. ​Learn more and access peer-reviewed research articles. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy Completed
Efficacy of Wellness Recovery Action Planning This randomized controlled trial study demonstrated that an 8-week peer-led, mental illness self-management intervention called WRAP reduced participants’ psychiatric symptoms, enhanced their recovery and self-advocacy skills, and increased their hopefulness and quality of life. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy Completed
Health Screening of Medical Co-Morbidities among Adults in Mental Health Recovery Data from health screenings of public mental health clients held in four states found high rates of chronic medical conditions and health risk behaviors. After attending the health fairs, participants experienced significant increases in self-rated abilities for health practices, personal competence for health maintenance, and health locus of control. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy Completed
Healthcare Utilization and Interest in Employment Services among Patients in Behavioral Health Homes This study used data from patients at Medicaid-funded behavioral health homes in Chicago to determine whether these settings support patients’ employment and reduce their reliance on disability benefits. Administrative and survey data were used to explore patients’ health status, labor force participation, medical and mental health service use, and beneficiary status.   Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy Completed
How the Course of Mental Illness and Multiple Health Conditions Predict Change in SSI/SSDI Beneficiary Status and Labor Force Participation for People Under Age 50 This project examined associations between deteriorating mental health conditions and premature labor force exit and public disability program entry, and whether co-occurring physical health conditions exacerbated these transitions. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy Completed
Illinois Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Initiative This evaluation study is examining the impact of providing evidence-based supported employment services through the IPS model at two sites in Chicago, as well as policy changes and workforce development activities designed to bring this service delivery model to scale throughout the state of Illinois. Learn more Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy Completed
Impact of Contingent Work on Subsequent Labor Force Participation and Wages of Workers with Psychiatric Disabilities This study explored the impact of contingent labor (i.e., temporary jobs) on subsequent labor force participation and wages of adults with psychiatric disabilities who were receiving supported employment services. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy Completed
Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Lives & Employment of Adults with Behavioral Health Disorders This web survey explored changes in the lives and vocational status of adults with mental health and substance use disorders during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. An anonymous online survey was completed by 272 adults, recruited from statewide networks of community programs in New Jersey and New York. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy Completed
Long-Term Effects of Evidence-Based Supported Employment on Earnings and on SSI and SSDI Participation among Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities This study examined the long-term effects of evidence-based supported employment services on labor force participation, earnings, and attainment of Social Security Administration non beneficiary status through suspension or termination of disability cash payments due to work. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy Completed
Nutrition and Exercise for Wellness and Recovery (NEW-R) This study is a randomized controlled trial of a weight management program specifically designed for people with serious mental illness. The intervention focuses on increasing healthy eating and levels of physical activity while also providing nutrition education and peer support. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy Completed
Observable and Predictable Pathways to Supplemental Security Income/Social Security Disability Insurance Program Exit among Beneficiaries with Psychiatric Disabilities The goal of this project is to learn what individual characteristics, employment features, and ecological factors influence SSA disability beneficiaries with psychiatric disabilities to voluntarily exit the SSI/SSDI program. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy Completed
Prevalence of DSM-IV Disorders in the MACS-WIHS Combined Cohort Study This large-scale psychiatric epidemiology study will determine the prevalence, type, and severity of mental health and substance use disorders in a national cohort of men and women living with HIV/AIDS and a matched seronegative cohort. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy Completed
Promoting Self-Determination through Self-Directed Care in Texas This randomized controlled trial study demonstrated that participants who received mental health SDC were more likely to work, to be taking classes, and to have lower somatic symptom distress than controls. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy Completed
Reasons for Job Separations in a Cohort of Workers with Psychiatric Disabilities This study examined the factors associated with voluntary job separation (i.e., quitting) among workers with mental illness. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy Completed
The Mental Health & Rehabilitation Needs of Recipients of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) in Illinois This study found a high prevalence of current and lifetime mental health and substance abuse disorders among women receiving TANF. Most recipients who were found to have mental health disorders were not receiving needed mental health services. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy Completed
The Relationship of Multiple Program Benefits and Employment to SSI/SSDI Enrollment and Reliance This study examined how the Social Security Administration’s programs for people with psychiatric disabilities interact with other benefit programs, and how program participation changes over time in relation to part- or full-time employment. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy Completed
Trends in Co-Occurring Serious Mental Illness and Multiple Chronic Conditions and Their Association with Work Disability and SSI/DI This study will describe trends in the U.S. population from the year 2000-2014 regarding the prevalence of depression and other types of mental illness co-occurring with metabolic syndrome-related and other chronic conditions (SMI-MCCs). It also will examine employment and disability outcomes associated with SMI-MCCs over two years of longitudinal follow-up (2013–2014). Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy Completed
Use of a Diabetes Registry and Care Coordination in a Medical Health Home for People with Mental Illnesses This study found that introducing a diabetes registry and care coordination was associated with significant improvements over time in A1C, total cholesterol, triglycerides, triglyceride/HDL ratio, and blood pressure among patients of two Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) serving adults with serious mental illnesses. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy Completed
Whole Health Action Management: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Peer-Led Health This multisite randomized controlled trial study tested the outcomes of a peer-developed and peer-delivered program called Whole Health Action Management (WHAM). The intervention is designed to increase the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed for the self-management of physical health among adults with a serious mental illness.  Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy Completed
Date Released Title Source
11/22/2021 Dr. Judith Cook, Jessica Jonikas & Dr. Lisa Razzano were invited to speak at a US DHHS NIDILRR and SAMHSA-sponsored meeting in September
11/22/2021 Dr. Judith Cook’s Center and the UIC Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities received a 5-year grant in September from the US DHHS Administration for Community Living US DHHS, Administration for Community Living
11/22/2021 Dr. Judith Cook, Jessica Jonikas & Dr. Lisa Razzano chaired sessions at the 2021 Illinois Evidence-Based Practices Virtual Conference Series sponsored by the IL DHS in August. Illinois Department of Human Services
11/22/2021 Dr. Judith Cook is part of a UIC faculty team led by Dr. Jerry Krishnan that was funded in October by NIH to recruit and assess an Illinois study population infected with SARS-CoV-2 (acute and post-acute) and appropriate controls. National Institutes of Health
08/27/2021 Dr. Judith Cook, Jessica Jonikas and faculty from Temple University launched the Center's slow-motion Twitter chat series for mental health researchers @TalkMHResearch @TalkMHResearch
08/27/2021 On May 20, 2021, Dr. Judith Cook was a featured panelist for a national webinar hosted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the U.S. DHHS Administration for Community Living American Association on Health and Disability
08/27/2021 Dr. Judith Cook and her team presented their health self-management education project at the National Council on Aging’s annual conference, Age+Action National Council on Aging
03/15/2021 Dr. Judith Cook was interviewed at the Orlando Sentinel Media Group Orlando Sentinel Media Group
03/15/2021 Dr. Judith Cook was invited by National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to participate in the forum National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
12/11/2020 Dr. Judith Cook and her team were featured in UIC Today UIC Today
12/11/2020 Dr. Judith Cook and colleagues received a multi-year research grant from NIDILRR Gov Tribe
12/11/2020 Dr. Judith Cook was invited to serve the University of Illinois’ Task Force on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic
10/26/2018 Dr. Judith Cook speaker at the 40th anniversary celebration of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research Administration For Community Living
Our own Professor Judith Cook’s Center has been funded for five years!