Patricia Herlihy is very active in the EAP, Work Life and Wellness fields and has presented numerous presentations, articles, book chapters and projects as well as has collaborated on various grant submissions. See articles and presentations below.
The Integration of EAP, Work Life and Wellness: Flavor of the Day or Here to Stay. 19th Annual EAPA Regional Conference. Glen Allen, VA. (April)
EAP Research Update. AWLP Forum. Baltimore, MD (March)
EA Archive Update. National Behavioral Consortium. Boulder, CO. (June)
The Employee Assistance Archive: Collaboration with the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social work in developing, implementing and creation of a digital archive to preserve historical documents and current articles in the Employee Assistance Field.
Consultation with EASNA’s KTR Committee to increase its research arm in the EA Field with procurement of increased EASNA Research Notes as well as increased participation of researchers both in the US and Canada
Atridge, Mark; Cahill, Terry: Granberry, Stan W. and Herlihy, Patricia A. (Dec. 2013) THE NATIONAL BEHAVIORAL CONSORTIUM INDUSTRY PROFILE OF EXTERNAL EAP VENDORS. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health.
Herlihy, Patricia and Mickenburg, Judy. BIG: Blip or Historic Moment. (2013) Journal of Employee Assistance. Vol 43, No 2. pp 8 – 11
Burgess, Ann, W.; Slatterly, Donna, M.; and Herlihy, Patricia, A. ( February, 2013). Military Sexual Trauma: A Silent Syndrome. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing.
EAP Research Summit – October, 2012 The Research Summit brought together representatives from the government and foundations (i.e. funders) with researchers, academics, and EA professionals. Over 75 p4rofesionals were invited with final attendance of approximately 65. The goal was to develop an EAP practice-based research network to conceive, articulate, and follow through on pursuing needed EAP research concerns. The day included discussions on EA research interests, including veterans’ workplace re-integration, drug and alcohol issues, health and productivity, crisis response, and general mental health issues. An official Proceedings Report will be published and available in early 2013.
Liaison with ORCAS on NIDA Study: Fit to Perform – Principal Investigators: Tracy McPhearson Ph.D and Susan Schroeder Ph.D. – contracted to obtain needed National sample of 350 Nursing Supervisors from to participate in Beta Testing of Multidimensional Training Tool concerning Supervision of Impaired Professionals.
Qualitative Study of Thought Leaders involved in BIG Initiative: Year long qualitative study conducted via telephone interviews to ascertain the historical significance of this particular initiative in the EAP field – Co-Principal Investigator: Judy Mickenberg LICSW.
Consultant to Major Benchmarking Study on the “Creating a Comprehensive Benchmarking Resource of Metrics for the External EAP Field” funded by Employee Assistance Research Foundation. Principal Investigator Stan Granberry Ph.D.
PCORI: Veterans: Impact of Trauma on Patient-Centered Outcomes and Employment
Public Abstract: Sexual assault and sexual harassment are pervasive health and social problems not only in the United States but internationally. These crimes occur in civilian and military settings and continue unabated to cause emotional injury to its victims. Shrouded in prudery and silence, many individuals are unable to report or disclose their abuse causing untreated cases to increase.
Of the 2.3 million service members deployed to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq since October 2001, over 1.4 million have left active duty and begun their transition back to civilian life. A Rand Corporation study, Invisible Wounds of War, estimates that 300,000 or 20% of these returning military are suffering from major depression or post-traumatic stress disorder and for a variety of reasons, not all understood, many Veterans have not sought treatment or received ineffective health care services. One particularly troubling statistic is the number of active military members who have experienced some form of military sexual trauma (MST). The Department of Veterans Affairs defines MST as repeated, threatening sexual harassment or physical assault of a sexual nature. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has been quoted estimating that over 19,000 sexual assaults occur per year to members of the military. Specifically 1 in 5 women and 1 in 500 men are reported to have experienced some form of MST while in active military service. These numbers cause us to consider what these individuals have experienced and how best to help them adapt to civilian and work life upon their return from service.
The proposed study will explore the issues surrounding the disclosure of MST and treatment options for any lingering mental health issues from war-related traumatic events. In addition to a national online survey targeted to all Veterans willing to participate, two types of focus groups will be conducted at the Philadelphia VA: ones with participants who are Veterans and the second focused on family members who have yet another important perspective to add to this MST issue.
this proposed research will delve into the work world. While veterans
are known to demonstrate an excellent work ethic, reliability and
leadership skills, they can also face a barrage of emotional, physical
and family challenges that impact their reintegration into both civilian
and work life. The final stage of this proposed study will be a
national Survey of Employee Assistance Programs to understand better how
Alcohol abuse and dependence is recognized as one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the U.S., and by 2020, the World Health Organizations expects depression to be the leading cause of disability worldwide. Alcohol is the most widely used substance among working adults. Approximately 80% of risky drinkers are employed. Studies estimate that 23% of U.S. adults do not meet diagnostic criteria for an alcohol use disorder yet engage in hazardous drinking. Workers in this group often go unidentified, increasing risk for health, emotional, social, legal, and relationship problems. In U.S. and Canadian workplaces, alcohol abuse and depression represent two of the most common and costly behavioral health problems, and are associated with employee absenteeism, tardiness, presenteeism, higher healthcare costs, accidents, and decreased productivity. Healthcare costs associated with alcohol problems are estimated at $185 billion (greater than diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma combined). It is for these reasons that many are looking for better ways to address behavioral health issues in the workplace through adoption of screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) as an evidence-based practice for detecting and treating workers with behavioral health issues. The purpose of this study is to identify the use of evidence-based SBIRT practices for alcohol and other behavioral health conditions throughout the EAP community within North America. The sample will include internal, external, and blended EAPs. Online surveys and telephone interviews will be the main methodology used to gather data. Descriptive statistics, parametric and non-parametric tests of significance will be used to analyze continuous and discrete data. Content analysis will be used to analyze qualitative data. In summary, the primary focus is continuing the surveillance of the adoption of SBIRT practices for behavioral health conditions throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Twenty years from
now you will be more
disappointed by the
things you didn’t do,
than by the ones
you did do...”