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Brittany N Rudd, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Brittany Rudd is a T32 NIMH postdoctoral research fellow working with Rinad Beidas, PhD. She received her BA in Psychology from California State University, Fresno graduating Summa Cum Laude with Presidential and Psychology honors. After completing a predoctoral internship in child clinical psychology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Brittany received her PhD in clinical science from Indiana University. Brittany’s postdoctoral research, under the mentorship of Drs. Rinad Beidas and Naomi Goldstein, aims to increase the adoption and implementation of evidence-based practices among court systems that serve vulnerable youth (e.g., child welfare, juvenile justice, domestic relations). She is currently partnering with the Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services center to adapt and implement systematic suicide screening, assessment, and brief intervention.


Implementing and Evaluation Systematic Mental Health Screening in Juvenile Detention

The goals of this project are to utilize existing data from Hall Mercer’s behavioral health care records to 1) better understand the needs of the youth they serve at Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center (PJJSC) to inform their plan for service enhancement, and 2) evaluate Hall Mercer’s new evidence-based assessment protocol for the youth they serve at PJJSC.

Role: Principle Investigator

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Adaptation of the Safety Planning Intervention for Youth in Juvenile Detention

We are systematically adapting the Safety Planning Intervention for juvenile detention using a model of EBP adaptation grounded in Participatory Action Research, an approach that prioritizes the input of key stakeholders (e.g., youth, clinicians, leadership). We are also using the Exploration, Preparation, Implementation, Sustainment Model, given its relevance to juvenile justice, to identify implementation strategies that will address the training needs and organizational contexts of clinicians in juvenile detention to ensure SPI can be used with fidelity across juvenile detention centers. Finally, we are piloting a multisite effectiveness-implementation hybrid trial (type 1) of SPI for detained adolescents at risk for suicide.

Role: Principle Investigator

A Randomized Control Trial: The Effects of Two Online Programs and No Program among Parents in Family Court

We are evaluating the comparative effectiveness of two commonly utilized online parent education programs for separating parents in a family court setting.

Role: Co-Investigator
Funder: Indiana Judicial Branch, Division of State Court Administration
Mechanism: Family Court Project Grant