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Jennifer Magnabosco - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Jennifer Magnabosco Jennifer Magnabosco

Adjunct Faculty Dept. of Social Change & Innovation | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Social work expert and life transitions consultant


Jennifer Magnabosco is an adjunct faculty member and curriculum consultant at the Virtual Academic Center. A researcher, educator, consultant and advocate in the fields of mental health, substance use and health, she serves as a researcher/evaluator with the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions, a certified life and organization coach, and a certified mental health first aid instructor.

Previously, she was a research professor and capstone thesis adviser at Yo San University in Los Angeles; contract specialist and management consultant for the California Mental Health Services Authority; management consultant and principal investigator for the LA County Department of Mental Health; co-principal investigator and co-investigator at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation; and associate director, co-principal investigator and senior research associate at Loyola Marymount University’s Center for the Study of Los Angeles. Magnabosco also worked as a staff psychotherapist at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health and Genesis Day School. Before joining USC, she held adjunct faculty positions in social work at California State University, Los Angeles, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Her publications and presentations have focused on the implementation, improvement and evaluation of government and community-based human service organizations and systems, with special emphasis on mental health, substance use, homelessness and health care delivery processes. Her expertise includes survey, qualitative and implementation science research methods; integrating research and evaluation into practice, policy and advocacy; organizational development, culture change and change management; and workforce development. She is experienced in developing and managing all aspects of research projects, writing grant proposals, developing educational programs and curricula, implementing advocacy activities to help benefit providers, groups and communities, and interfacing with print and television media.

Magnabosco currently serves as the mental health section policy chair for the American Public Health Association, a policy fellows mentor for the Network for Social Work Management and a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals.

Education (1)

Columbia University in the City of New York: PhD, Social Policy Administration

Areas of Expertise (4)

Social Change Substance Abuse Life Transitions Organizational Development

Industry Expertise (9)

Public Policy Health Care - Providers Health and Wellness Writing and Editing Research Education/Learning Mental Health Care Health Care - Facilities Health Care - Services


Articles & Publications (4)

Predictors of Primary Care Management of Patients With Depression in the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System Journal of General Internal Medicine


Primary care providers (PCPs) vary in skills to effectively treat depression. Key features of evidence-based collaborative care models (CCMs) include the availability of depression care managers (DCMs) and mental health specialists (MHSs) in primary care. Little is known, however, about the relationships between PCP characteristics, CCM features, and PCP depression care.

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Guidance for Research-Practice Partnerships (RPPs) and Collaborative Research Journal of Health Organization and Management


The purpose of this paper is to provide evidence based guidance to researchers and practice personnel about forming and carrying out effective research partnerships.

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Pressure Ulcer Prevention in Nursing Homes: Nurse Descriptions of Individual and Organization Level Factors Geriatric Nursing


Sustaining pressure ulcer prevention (PUP) in nursing homes has been difficult to achieve. Implementation science researchers suggest that identification of individual staff and organizational factors influencing current practices is essential to the development of an effective and customized plan to implement practice changes in a specific setting. A mixed methods approach was used to describe nurses' perceptions of individual and organization-level factors influencing performance of PUP in two Veterans Health Administration (VHA) nursing homes prior to implementation of a national VHA initiative on Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers (HAPUs). Individual interviews of 16 nursing staff were conducted. Individual factors influencing practice were a personal sense of responsibility to Veterans and belief in the effectiveness and importance of preventive measures. Organizational factors were existence of cooperative practices between nursing assistants and licensed nurses in assessing risk; teamwork, communication, and a commitment to Veterans' well-being. Integration and reinforcement of such factors in the development and maintenance of customized plans of PUP initiatives is recommended.

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The Role of State Mental Health Authorities in Managing Change for the Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices Community Mental Health Journal


The evidence-based practice demonstration for services to adults with serious mental illness has ended its pilot stage. This paper presents the approaches states employed to combine traditional policy levers with more strategic/institutional efforts (e.g., leadership) to facilitate implementation of these practices. Two rounds of site visits were completed and extensive interview data collected. The data were analyzed to find trends that were consistent across states and across practices. Two themes emerged for understanding implementation of evidence-based practices: the support and influence of the state mental health authority matters and so does the structure of the mental health systems.

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