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Improving Access to Behavioral Healthcare 

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Joseph H. Hammer, Ph.D., assistant professor of counseling psychology in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, and members of the Help-seeking And Multicultural Measurement Evaluation Research (HAMMER)  Lab study the factors that promote or block people from seeking behavioral healthcare when they have a mental health concern.  They are currently conducting a number of survey studies, including studies on:

  • how stigma and lack of trust can stop people from seeking psychological help from their primary care physician
  • factors that help people with relationship distress seek couples counseling
  • the accessibility of talk therapy for people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and
  • barriers to seeking behavioral healthcare among substance using college students, among others.