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Research Opportunities Table on Adults With Serious Mental Illness

Theme Specific Intervention Strength of Evidence 
Areas of Occupation 
Work Supported employment or Individual Placement and Support (IPS) programs to improve work placement in competitive employment and other vocational outcomes, particularly programs with high fidelity to the IPS model Research sufficient 
Supported employment programs to improve nonvocational outcomes Priority research area 
Education Supported education programs to meet postsecondary education goals Priority research area 
Social participation Life and social skills training, with extended training in natural environments Priority research area 
Ability to generalize life and social skills training from one environment or one skill area to another Priority research area 
Instrumental activities of daily living Skills training plus health care management Priority research area 
Grocery shopping group to improve grocery shopping skills Priority research area 
Parenting skills program Priority research area 
Lifestyle interventions to improve health behaviors related to obesity and metabolic syndrome Research sufficient 
Physical activity, exercise, and outdoor activities to improve symptoms of depression and anxiety Priority research area 
Money management training Priority research area 
Performance Skills 
Cognitive skills Cognitive remediation to improve life skills tied to real-life practice Priority research area 
Cognitive skills training in conjunction with supported employment Priority research area 
Social cognition and problem-solving training Priority research area 
Cognitive training to improve cognitive skills Priority research area 
Cognitive remediation to improve life skills without real-life practice Priority research area 
Emotional regulation skills Emotional regulation and social skills training in conjunction with supported employment Priority research area 
Activity group to improve social interaction skills Priority research area 
Stress management in conjunction with a job program Priority research area 
Performance Patterns 
Routines Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy to establish and maintain routines for people with bipolar disorder Priority research area 
Roles Client-centered role development program for the development of task and interpersonal skills within social roles Priority research area 
Context and environment Environmental supports to improve adaptive functioning Research sufficient 
Cooking skills training in both clinic and home environment Priority research area 
In-home employment program to prepare for community-based employment Priority research area 
Activity demands Use of a work behavior inventory to provide work-related feedback in combination with supported employment Priority research area 
Theme Specific Intervention Strength of Evidence 
Areas of Occupation 
Work Supported employment or Individual Placement and Support (IPS) programs to improve work placement in competitive employment and other vocational outcomes, particularly programs with high fidelity to the IPS model Research sufficient 
Supported employment programs to improve nonvocational outcomes Priority research area 
Education Supported education programs to meet postsecondary education goals Priority research area 
Social participation Life and social skills training, with extended training in natural environments Priority research area 
Ability to generalize life and social skills training from one environment or one skill area to another Priority research area 
Instrumental activities of daily living Skills training plus health care management Priority research area 
Grocery shopping group to improve grocery shopping skills Priority research area 
Parenting skills program Priority research area 
Lifestyle interventions to improve health behaviors related to obesity and metabolic syndrome Research sufficient 
Physical activity, exercise, and outdoor activities to improve symptoms of depression and anxiety Priority research area 
Money management training Priority research area 
Performance Skills 
Cognitive skills Cognitive remediation to improve life skills tied to real-life practice Priority research area 
Cognitive skills training in conjunction with supported employment Priority research area 
Social cognition and problem-solving training Priority research area 
Cognitive training to improve cognitive skills Priority research area 
Cognitive remediation to improve life skills without real-life practice Priority research area 
Emotional regulation skills Emotional regulation and social skills training in conjunction with supported employment Priority research area 
Activity group to improve social interaction skills Priority research area 
Stress management in conjunction with a job program Priority research area 
Performance Patterns 
Routines Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy to establish and maintain routines for people with bipolar disorder Priority research area 
Roles Client-centered role development program for the development of task and interpersonal skills within social roles Priority research area 
Context and environment Environmental supports to improve adaptive functioning Research sufficient 
Cooking skills training in both clinic and home environment Priority research area 
In-home employment program to prepare for community-based employment Priority research area 
Activity demands Use of a work behavior inventory to provide work-related feedback in combination with supported employment Priority research area 
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