Research Statement

My research focuses on the promotion of health equity for persons with mental illness. I use qualitative methods, social network analysis, and mixed methods to study the development and implementation of integrated behavioral health care, peer mental health providers, and trauma-informed communities.

Research Keywords

  • Mixed Method Design
  • Integrated Behavioral Health Services
  • Peer Support
  • Trauma-Informed Communities
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Implementation Science
  • Mental Health Services
  • System transformation

Presentations

  • Magel. J., Siantz, E., Blosser, P., Fritz, J., Gordon, A.J. Development of an Opioid Misuse Training Program for Physical Therapists: A Learning Community Approach. Poster Presented at the Association of Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance use and Addiction (AMERSA) annual meeting. Washington DC, November 2023. Poster, Presented, 11/02/2023.
  • Siantz, E., Center, K., Ikoba, B., Greene, J., Gilmer T. (January, 2024). Strengthening community capacity to address trauma by implementing a Community Ambassador Network in Los Angeles County. To be presented at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) annual meeting, Washington D.C. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 10/13/2023.
  • Siantz, E., Pelot, M.., Ostrow, L., (November, 2023). How do peer support specialists experience transitions to employment following state certification? To be presented at the Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance Use and Addiction (AMERSA) annual meeting, Washington D.C. Conference Paper, Accepted, 06/09/2023.
  • Siantz, E., Nuncio Zuñiga, A., Martinez, J., Molina, T., Alegre, J. (November, 2023)What is La Mentoria? A qualitative case study of culturally responsive peer support in Utah. To be presented at the Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance Use and Addiction (AMERSA) annual meeting, Washington D.C. Poster, Accepted, 06/09/2023.
  • The implementation of a peer-led chronic disease self-management program for persons with opioid use disorder and serious mental illness in a primary care setting. Utah CTSI Translational Research Trainee Symposium. Nominated to present on behalf of the 2022 Vice President’s Clinical and Translational faculty scholar cohort. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/16/2022.
  • Using implementation science to promote equity: the case of integrated behavioral health and primary care services. Invited presentation to the Forum on Advancing the Theory and Application of Implementation at the University of Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/14/2022.
  • Siantz E., Henwood B., Rabin B., Center K., Fenwick, K., Gilmer T. (January 16, 2022). Using the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research to understand integrated care: The case of the Behavioral Health Integration and Complex Care Initiative. To be presented at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Meeting Washington DC. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 01/16/2022.
  • Siantz. E., Lansing, A., Center K., Casteel, D., Sanghvi N., Silva, V. (January 16, 2022). ‘The communication really starts with me.’ Agency leadership perspectives on the development of trauma-informed partnership networks. Presented at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Meeting Washington DC . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 01/16/2022.
  • Siantz, E., Redline, B., Henwood B. (2021, October 26) Practice Facilitation to support the delivery of integrated behavioral health and primary care services: a scoping review. Presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting Denver, CO. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/26/2021.
  • Siantz E., Sanghvi, N., Center, K., Casteel, D., Lansing, A., Gilmer, T. (2021, October 26). We’re not a separate entity, we're staff now: The involvement of transition age youth peer providers in trauma-informed community partnerships. Presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting Denver, CO. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/26/2021.
  • Villamil Grest, C., Siantz, E., Cederbaum, J. (2021, October 23) Access points and behavioral health service utilization among diverse Californians. To be presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting Denver, CO. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/23/2021.
  • Siantz, E. Practice Facilitation to Strengthen the Behavioral Health Workforce. Invited panelist on The California Initiative for Health Equity & Action’s web-based briefing in support California’s behavioral health workforce. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/19/2020.

Languages

  • Spanish, fluent.
    Heritage speaker.

Publications

  • Siantz, E., Lansing, A, Center K., & Gilmer, T (2023). Social networks and the development of trauma-informed community partnerships: A mixed method study. Human Service Organizations, Management, Leadership and Governance. Accepted, 09/14/2023.
  • Siantz E (2023). "Once a peer always a peer": A qualitative study of peer specialist experiences with employment following state certification. Psychiatric rehabilitation journal. Vol. 46, 216222216-222. Published, 09/01/2023.
  • Lansing, A., Romero, N., Siantz, E., Silva, V., Center, K., Casteel, D. & Gilmer, T. (2023). Building Trust: Leadership Reflections on Community Empowerment and Engagement in a Large Urban Initiative. BMC Public Health. Vol. 23, 1-25. Published, 05/10/2023.
  • Siantz, E, Pelot, M. & Ostrow, O. (2023). ‘Once a peer always a peer’: A qualitative study of peer specialist experiences with employment following certification. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. Vol. 46, 216-222. Accepted, 03/14/2023.
  • Canham, SL, Rose J, Weldrick R, Siantz E, Cassuci T & McFarland M (2022). Understanding discrimination towards people experiencing homelessness: A scoping review protocol. BMJ Open. Accepted, 12/07/2022.
  • Siantz & Lansing, A.E, Center, K., Sanghvi, N., Gilmer, T.P (2022). ‘We’re not a separate entity, we're staff now’ The involvement of transition age youth peer providers in trauma-informed community partnerships. Children and Youth Services Review. Accepted, 10/22/2022.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2022.106701
  • Siantz & Hiller, S., Ojeda, V., Gilmer, T. (2022). Barriers to accessing mental health care under the Mental Health Services Act: A qualitative case study in Orange County, California. Community Mental Health Journal. Published, 09/19/2022.
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36121527/
  • Villamel Grest, C. & Siantz, E., Cederbaum, J. (2021). Behavioral health services use among racial and ethnic groups: Results from the California Health Interview Survey. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. Journal of Immigrant and Minority health. 1-7. Published, 07/31/2021.
  • Siantz, E., Henwood, B., Rabin, B., Center & Fenwick, K., & Gilmer T. (2021). A mixed-method evaluation of the Behavioral Health Integration and Complex Care Initiative using the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research. Medical Care. Accepted, 02/06/2021.
  • Siantz, E., Redline, B. & Henwood, B. (2021). Improving integrated systems of care through practice facilitation: A scoping review. Journal of Behavioral Health Services Research. Published, 01/2021.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s11414-020-09709-1
  • Siantz, E, Henwood, B., & Gilmer, T. (2020). Patient experience with a large-scale integrated behavioral health and primary care initiative: A qualitative study. Families, Systems, and Health. 289-299. Published, 10/01/2020.
    https://doi.org/10.1037/fsh0000529
  • Henwood, B.F., Siantz, E., Center, K., Bataille, G., Pomerance, E., Clancy, J. & Gilmer, T. (2020). Advancing integrated care through practice coaching. International Journal for Integrated Care. Vol. 20(2). Published, 06/2020.
    http://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.4737