Research

Research Interests

I conduct research aimed at using a variety of methods to adequately identify mental health disparities that exist within marginalized communities of youth and young adults. Specifically, my research focuses on understanding how the places people live impact mental health outcomes and the role of community connection on the health and wellness of marginalized groups.

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Published Work

  • Villodas, M.L., Nebbit, V., Yu, M., Lombe, M., Foell, A., McCoy, H., & Enelamah, N.V. (Accepted for Publication). Assessing the modified neighborhood cohesion index among African American adolescents living in public housing: An exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis Journal Society for Social Work Research. 
  • Fraga-Rizo, C., Chesworth, B.R., Francino-Olsen, KleIn, L.B., Villodas, M.L., Martin S.L. & Macy, R.J. (Accepted for Publication). The state of programs for educating youth about sex trafficking in the United States: A national scoping scan survey. Journal of Human Trafficking. 
  • Foell, A., Pitzer, K.A., Nebbitt, V., Lombe, M., Yu, M., Villodas, M.L., & Newransky, C. (2021) Exposure to violence and depressive symptoms: Examining community, family, and peers. Target Journal. Health and Place. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2021.102579
  • Givens, A., Francis, A.M., Blank Wilson, A., Parisi, A., Phillips, J. & Villodas, M. (2021). Accountability in Intervention Research: Developing a Fidelity Checklist of a Mental Health Intervention in Prisons. Community Mental Health Journal. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-021-00777-x
  • Wilson, A. B., Mahadevan, T., Villodas, M., Rodriguez, M., Bailliard, A., & Cuddeback, G. (2020). Tiny Homes Are Huge for People Living With Serious Mental Illness. Research on Social Work Practice. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731520961448
  • Fraga-Rizo, C., Klein, L.B., Chesworth, B.R., Franchino-Olsen, H., Villodas, M.L., Macy, R.J., & Martin, S.L. (2019). Educating students about sex trafficking and responding to student needs: Principals’ perceptions and practices. Journal of Human Trafficking. https://doi.org/10.1080/23322705.2019.1698922
  • Cole, A., Ramirez, L.A, Villodas, M.L., Ben David, S., & Munson, M.R. (2019). “I want to rise about it all”: Perceptions of the neighborhood among young adults living in public housing. Children and Youth Services Review. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.05.031
  • Manuel, J. I., Munson, M. R., Dino, M., Villodas, M. L., Barba, A., & Panzer, P. G. (2018). Aging out or continuing on? Exploring strategies to prepare marginalized youth for a transition to recovery in adulthood. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 41(4), 258-265. https://doi.org/10.1037/prj0000332

Presentations

  • Blank Wilson, A., Villodas, M., Phillips, J., & Parisi, A. (2021 January). Conducting a RCT for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness in Prison: Preliminary findings from the Next Generation of Criminal Justice Interventions. Presentation at Advances in Behavioral Health Policy Seminar, Virtual.
  • Blank Wilson, A., Villodas, M., Phillips, J., & Parisi, A. (2021 January). Embracing the Complexity: Exploring Ways to Optimize the Effectiveness of Interventions for Justice-Involved People with Serious Mental Illness. Symposium paper presentation at Society for Social Work Research 2021 Annual Conference, Virtual Conference.
        • Villodas, M., Blank Wilson, A., Phillips, J., Parisi, A. & Chen, D. Exploring the relationship between criminal thinking and psychiatric symptoms among justice-involved men with serious mental illnesses. Symposium paper presentation at Society for Social Work Research 2021 Annual Conference, Virtual Conference.
  • Villodas, M.L. (2020). Can Depression Be Explained By Place? Considerations for Social Work Practice. Research brief presentation for the Field Education Training Series: Research and Evaluation in Practice at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill N.C.
  • Blank Wilson, A., Villodas, M.L, Phillips, J., Parisi, A., & Fedock, G. (2020 January) A Primer for Conducting Mental Health Research in the Era of Clinical Trials. Symposium paper presentation at Society for Social Work Research 2020 Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Villodas, M.L., Kaintz, K., Smith, Q. & Jenkins, M. (2020 January). Pathways toward civic involvement in young adulthood. Paper presentation at Society for Social Work Research 2020 Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Villodas, M.L., Bledsoe, S.E., Smith, Q. & Jenkins, M. (2020 January). Emerging adult’s perspectives on community engagement and the transition to adulthood: A qualitative study of the ‘forgotten half’. Paper presentation at Society for Social Work Research 2020 Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.