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Dr. Herlihy's Latest Article and Presentations (2011-2022)


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 Workplace Inclusion Scale - Another tool for EAPs. Journal of Employee Assistance. Herlihy, Patricia, Sharar, David and Robey, Molly. ( 2022).

Construction and Validation of a Short Inclusion Scale. Journal of Total Rewards. Lenox, Rik., Herlihy, Patricia., Sharar, David and Robey, Molly. W@W


Size up: what EA professionals should know before working with first responders. EAPA Virtual Conference - March 24, 2022.

EA Archive Webinars

  • San Diego EAPA chapter - February 2022
  • San Francisco EAPA Chapter March 2022
  • Houston EAPA Chapter - April 2022
  • Workplace Collaborative - May 2022



Construction and Validation of a Short Inclusion Scale. World at Work.( in press). Lennox, R., Herlihy,P., Sharar, D., Robey, M. ( 2022).

Best Practices in Working with Law Enforcement. Patricia Herlihy, PhD., RN; James Rascati, MSW, LCSW; & Brad Barber, PhD.  JOURNAL OF EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE | 2nd QTR 2021


Introduction to the EA Archive Webinar. Frey, Jodi and Patricia Herlihy, PhD., RN.  (2021).

  • Indiana EAPA Chapter on February 18, 2021
  • EAPA Chapter on March 18, 2021. 
  • Houston EAPA Chapter on September 14, 2021 
  • Rocky Mountain EAPA Chapter on October 8, 2021
  • IAEPE EA Archive Webinar on November 4, 2021



Herlihy, Patricia, Frey, Jodi, Lin, Na and Kahn, Alaina. (2020). International employee assistance digital archive: A new knowledge hub. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health.


Introduction to the EA Archive webinar. Frey, Jodi and Patricia Herlihy, PhD., RN. (2021).

  • EAPA DC Chapter on October 15, 2020
  • Central IL Chapter on December 2, 2020



Herlihy, Patricia. (2019). Promotion of a New Knowledge Hub. EASNA Institute 31: EAP – Business Solutions to the Human Capitol. New Orleans.

Herlihy, Patricia; Frey, Jodi, Lin, Na and Kahn, Alaina. ( 2019). International Employee Assistance Digital Archive: Preserving Our Past to Protect Our Future. Journal of Behavioral Health. ( In press)  2019..

Frey, Jodi, Herlihy, Patricia and Kahn, Alaina. (2019).  Digital Archive Notes: Preserving Our Past to Protext our Future. Journal of Employee Assistance. Third Quarter; July. 2019


EA Archive Exhibit (2019). EASNA Annual 30th Institute: EAP: Your Strategic Partner in Times of Disruption. May, New Orleans.


Lennox, R., Sharar, D., Schmitz, E., and Goehner, D. and Herlihy, P.  (2018). Validation; of the 5-item form version of the Workplace Outcome Suite. International Journal of Health & Productivity, December.


Tammburo, M., Mintzer, J.,Morrow, V., Sharar, D., and Herlihy, P. (2018). Demonstrating value: Measureing Outcome and mitigating Risk. FOH EAP study utilizing the Workplace Outcome Suite. International Journal of Health & Productivity. December.


Rogers, Mary Ellen and Herlihy, Patricia A. (2018). Is the MeToo movement fading: How might this impact the EAP Field. Employee Assistance Report. September cover story.


Jodi Jacobson Frey, PhD, LCSW-C, CEAP; and Patricia A. Herlihy, PhD, RN (December, 2017)Patricia A. Herlihy Ph.D., RN , Lauren Bloom M.S.W., MPP , Leah Marshall M.S.W., RSW . (September 1, 2017).
  • A New Tool to Measure the Impact of Workplace Critical Incident Response. Patricia Herlihy and Matt Mollenhauser. International EAPA Conference in LA, October 6, 2017.



  • Presentation: A New Tool to Measure the Impact of Workplace Critical Incident Response.

  • Patricia Herlihy and Matt Mollenhauser. International EAPA Conference in LA, October 6, 2017.


  • The Employee Assistance Digital 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. Main focus in 2016 has been around finding relevant historical documents: letters, photos, white papers and older articles where the author is now deceased.


  • EASNA Research Notes: continuing collaboration with Tracy McPhearson with the role of continuing attention to main areas of research in the EA Field… and support authors to produce solid articles to help disseminate their results.


  • Oversite of CIR Measurement Test - The beta test will be conducted in association with Patricia Herlihy Ph.D., RN, owner of Rocky Mountain Research (RMR), a consulting practice that focuses on EAP, Work/Life and Wellness Benefit Delivery Models; RMR will be responsible for recruiting study participants, administering the surveys and collecting the data.

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  • Herlihy, Patricia. (2015). Update on Eldercare and EAPs. National Behavioral Consortium, Savannah, GA



  • *Coordination of EASNA Research Notes in collaboration with KTR Chair - Tracy McPherson

  • Committee Member for SBIRT Learning Collaborative: NORC at the University of Chicago has partnered with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the Center for Clinical Social (CCSW) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to engage nursing and social work schools in a learning collaborative to develop and evaluate interactive, competency-based substance use screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) curriculum. This project is funded by a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and is focused on encouraging the adoption of SBIRT by social work and nursing educators. The learning collaborative will work to infus ts in general survey, clinical, behavioral health, and maternal and child health coursework, not just specialty courses in undergraduate and graduate social work and nursing schools.



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


SBIRT Mentor - SBIRT Mentor is a product developed through the collaboration of three cutting edge companies to facilitate better screening of Substance Abuse issues. This particular product focuses on the Nursing Population but can also be applied in additional settings. Learn more

Herlihy, Patricia A. and Cahill, Terry. ( 2013). Review of NATIONAL BEHAVIORAL CONSORTIUM  INDUSTRY PROFILE OF EXTERNAL EAP VENDORS - Slide Deck  NBC Meeting in Arlington. VA (June)

Trends in the EAP, Work Life & Wellness Arena. Chestnut Global Partners. April 30, 2013

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.


The BIG Initiative: An Innovative Model for Change? EAPA International Conference, Baltimore, MD. October, 2012)   Click here to view presentation.


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.

2012 Grants Submitted

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.

Lastly, 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 corporations support

the returning veteran. In addition six companies will be chosen for their excellence in this area and followed up with interviews from the appropriate departments to identify existing programs to support all veterans in their workplace as well as a specific eye to those who might have experienced MST and/or other traumatic events. There is a growing need for innovation in mental health treatment options and work life services to address this important employee group
2012 - Articles Submitted
  • Burgess, A., Slatterly, D., Herlihy, P. (21012). Military Sexual Trauma: A Silent Syndrome. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing. ( in press).


2011 - Presentations
  • Herlihy, Patricia. (September, 2011) Public Policy Streams and Collaboration. National Behavioral Consortium (NBC) annual meeting in Vegas, NV.

  • Herlihy, Patricia; Tamburo, Melissa and Metzner, Jeffrey ( September, 2011). Integration and the role of Work Family Services in FOH. Chesepeake Chapter, MD.
2011- Projects
  • Consultant to PURSUITS Life Coaching And Wellness Network: Currently Board Member to this evolving and new network of Licensed Therapists, Coaches and Consultants dedicated to helping people design exceptional lives of purpose, passion and prosperity. They provide a wide array of services to individuals of all ages, couples, families and community.
2011- Grants Submitted
  • EARF - Systematic Surveillance of SBIRT Practices for Alcohol Use and Related Behavioral Health Conditions in the EAP Field.  Patricia A. Herlihy Ph.D., R.N. and Tracy L. McPherson Ph.D.,


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.

2011- Articles Submitted
  • Herlihy, A. Patricia. (2011) SBIRT Reopens and EAP Debate. Addiction Professionals. March/April. Vol 9.(2).p 12 - 17
  • Herlihy, A. Patricia. (2011). The Story of Integration. Research Brief for EASNA’s KTR Publications. Available at