The Center for Research and Innovation aims to bring science out of the lab and into the treatment room—merging academic research with a forward-thinking clinical environment.

What We Do: Ongoing Work and New Initiatives

The Center’s overall goals are to continually expand our understanding of our patient population and their needs, improve patient outcomes, support the professional development of our staff, and advance the industry as a whole. As one of the few institutions of its kind, the Center establishes Newport as a thought leader in the field and an innovator in bridging science and clinical practice patient outcomes and advance the industry.

The Center’s purpose is to advance Newport Healthcare as a leader and innovator in adolescent and young adult residential care, research, and program development, through:

  • Outcomes evaluation and data-informed care
  • Industry-leading research and field-advancing knowledge
  • Professional and clinical development for staff

Outcomes Evaluation and Data-Informed Care

In collaboration with Drexel University’s Center for Family Intervention Science, the Center for Research and Innovation rigorously performs outcomes evaluation and reporting. We capture data utilizing industry-accepted assessment tools to inform our treatment providers and the organization about our patient populations and their progress. Data gathered at intake and at multiple points during and after treatment is collected and analyzed, yielding a nuanced understanding of treatment effectiveness and correlated outcomes. This outcomes research allows us to continually evaluate our family-based, whole-person approach, and provides a foundation for research and delivering measurement-based and data-informed care.

Michael Roeske Executive Director | Newport Healthcare

About the Center’s Leadership

Michael Roeske, PsyD, Senior Director of the Center, is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked and studied in a variety of treatment settings, including adult substance use disorder and adolescent mental health programs, community-based psychological services, and inpatient psychiatric hospitals. He is also trained as a full battery assessor of children to older adults and has functioned as a supervisor, clinical director, educator, presenter, and operator. As an educator, he has been a national presenter, adjunct professor, and trainer of psychotherapy graduate students. Before moving into his role with the Center, Michael was Executive Director at our Newport Academy location in Bethlehem, Connecticut.

Industry-Leading Research and Field-Advancing Knowledge

The Center’s collection of demographic, baseline, and outcomes data will help fill gaps in existing research, measure important factors in treatment-seeking patient populations, and guide program assessment and development. It will also be used to study the efficacy of treatment and durability of change, and to inform empirical research studies. Significant findings will be submitted for publication in multidisciplinary journals and presentations at national conferences, used to further the industry of adolescent, young adult, and family treatment. An online archive of treatment-related research and resources is also planned, to help facilitate and disseminate the work of experts and to be a source for scholarly study and field-advancing knowledge.

New Research Using Newport Healthcare Outcomes Data

Three new studies conducted by Drexel’s Guy Diamond, PhD, and his colleagues utilized Newport outcomes data to inform field-advancing research. A study published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence looked at the interconnected nature of family and peer influences on teen and young adult depressive symptoms and suicide risk. Building on previous research, the results suggest that negative family processes, such as conflict and criticism, are associated with more severe depressive symptoms, while interactions with friends produce less severe symptoms. A second study, on maternal and paternal attachment in high-risk adolescents, was published in the Journal of Family Psychology. Finally, the team examined the efficacy of the Behavioral Health Screen used at Newport; results were published in the European Journal of Psychological Assessment.

The development of a robust body of research provides validation and credibility for treatment services, and therefore supports relationships between treatment programs and accrediting organizations, licensing bodies, and insurance payers. This work can potentially be collaborative and generative in a way that creates a synergistic effect—with the ultimate goal of helping more young people find long-term, sustainable healing.

Michael Roeske, PsyD
Senior Director, Center for Research and Innovation

Professional and Clinical Development for Staff

The Center will contribute to professional staff development by assisting in the use of research and data to inform treatment and by improving our understanding of the patient populations being served. It will also enhance the ongoing effort to support staff in the treatment of various disorders and accompanying family systems. In addition, the Center will explore pathways of professional development for staff. That might mean working with the Center as part of a thesis or dissertation requirement, presenting at a conference or continuing education event, participating in an “idea share,” accessing research databases, or being kept abreast of advancements in the field through a newsletter or quarterly meeting.

About the Center

Established following five years of outcomes research with third-party academic institutions, the Center for Research and Innovation is an outgrowth of Newport Healthcare’s partnership with Guy Diamond, PhD, Director of Drexel University’s Center for Family Intervention Science. Dr. Diamond is also the co–model developer of Attachment-Based Family Therapy, a groundbreaking empirically supported modality that provides the framework for Newport’s family therapy approach. Dr. Diamond and his team of researchers have been instrumental in supporting Newport’s research goals, including the development of various proprietary scales measuring client improvements and experience.

A Q&A with Dr. Roeske, Senior Director

As a child, Michael Roeske was passionate about math. “I felt that there were patterns to be found everywhere, that everything could be measured and worked through equations, and therefore it was vitally important to study, understand, and apply those principles to theoretically everything,” he recalls.

Life eventually drew him in the direction of social services, but he never lost his connection to and respect for numbers, data, and the pursuit of an objective truth. In his new role with the center, he merges these passions and interests.

In this Q&A, Dr. Roeske discusses the Center’s purpose and goals, how it helps drive Newport’s mission, and what he finds most intriguing about this work.