Research on Peer Support

Recent Research Articles on Peer Support

Published in the February 2023 APS VLC Newsletter

Adams, W. & Lincoln, A. (2021). Barriers to and Facilitators of Implementing Peer Support Services for Criminal Justice–Involved Individuals. Psychiatric Services, Published Online: 18 Mar 2021.

Behavioral Health Excellence Technical Assistance Center (BHE-TAC). Peer Support Billing Pathways.

Bochicchio, L., Tuda, D., Stefancic, A. et al. “Getting the Staff to Understand It:” Leadership Perspectives on Peer Specialists Before and After the Implementation of a Peer-Delivered Healthy Lifestyle Intervention. Community Ment Health J (2022).

Byrne, L., Roennfeldt, H., Davidson, L., Miller, R., & Bellamy, C. (2022b). To disclose or not to disclose? Peer workers impact on a culture of safe disclosure for mental health professionals with lived experience. Psychological Services, 19(1), 9–18.

Byrne, L., Roennfeldt, H., Wolf, J., Linfoot, A., Foglesong, D., Davidson, L. & Bellamy, C. (2022a). Effective Peer Employment Within Multidisciplinary Organizations: Model for Best Practice. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 49, 283-297.

Corrigan, P. (2021). The Power of Peer Providers in Mental Health Services. Nova Science Publishers Inc., New York

del Vecchio, P. (2022). Peer Service Providers as Colleagues. In W. Sowers, H. McQuistion, J. Ranz, J. Feldman, & P. Runnels (Eds.)  Textbook of Community Psychiatry. American Association for Community Psychiatry, Second Edition, Springer, (pp.525-534).

Foglesong, D., Knowles, K., Cronise, R., Wolf, J. & Edwards, J.P. (2022). National Practice Guidelines for Peer Support Specialists and Supervisors. Psychiatric services (Washington, DC). 2022;73(2):215-218. doi:10.1176/

Foglesong, D., Spagnolo, A.B., Cronise, R. et al. Perceptions of Supervisors of Peer Support Workers (PSW) in Behavioral Health: Results from a National Survey. Community Ment Health J 58, 437–443 (2022).

Forbes, J., Pratt, C. & Cronise, R. (2022). Experiences of peer support specialists supervised by nonpeer supervisors. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 45(1), Mar 2022, 54-60
DOI: 10.1037/PRJ0000475

Gao, N., Solomon, P., Clay, Z., Swarbrick, P. (2021). A pilot study of wellness coaching for smoking cessation among individuals with mental illnesses. Journal of Mental Health. May 17: 1-7. doi: 10.1080/09638237.2021.1922630

Gilbert, M., Hartnett, T., Hoagland, G. W., Kim, O., Serafini, M. W. & Strong, K. (2023). Filling the Gaps in Behavioral Health Workforce. Bipartisan Policy Center. 

Kotera, Y., Llewellyn-Beardsley, J., Charles, A. et al. (2022). Common Humanity as an Under-acknowledged Mechanism for Mental Health Peer Support. Int J Ment Health Addiction.

Krumm, S., Haun, M., Hiller, S. et al. (2022). Mental health workers’ perspectives on peer support in high-, middle- and low-income settings: a focus group study. BMC Psychiatry 22, 604

Mowbray, O., Campbell, R. D., Disney, L., Lee, M., Fatehi, M., & Scheyett, A. (2021). Peer support provision and job satisfaction among certified peer specialists. Social Work in Mental Health, 19(2), 126–140.

NASMHPD (2021).  Cutting Peer Support will Cost More Money Than it will Save. Office of the Division of Recovery Support Services.

Ostrow, L., Cook, J., Salzer, M., Pelot, M. & Burke-Miller, J. 2022). Employment Outcomes After Certification as a Behavioral Health Peer Specialist in Four States. Psychiatric Services. 73(11):1239-1247.

Peer Recovery Center of Excellence (2022). Comparative Analysis of State Training Requirements for Peer Support Specialist Training and Certification.

Roennfeldt, H. and Byrne, L. (2021), Skin in the game: The professionalization of lived experience roles in mental health. Int J Mental Health Nurs, 30: 1445-1455.

Stefancic, A., Bochicchio, L., Tuda, D., Harris, Y., DeSomma, K., & Cabassa, L. J. (2021). Strategies and Lessons Learned for Supporting and Supervising Peer Specialists. Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.)72(5), 606–609.

T. Viking, J. Wenzer, U. Hylin & L. Nilsson (2022) Peer support workers’ role and expertise and interprofessional learning in mental health care: a scoping review, Journal of Interprofessional Care, 36:6, 828-838, DOI: 10.1080/13561820.2021.2014796

Walter, O., Thomas, E. C., & Salzer, M. S. (2022). Exploring peer specialists’ experiences with spirituality in their work: Recommendations for future directions. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 45(1), 95–102.

Published in the December 2022 APS VLC Newsletter

Adams, W., Rogers, E. S., Lord, E., Edwards, J. P., & Barbone, M. (2022). Impact of COVID-19 on Peer Support Specialists in the United States: Findings from a Cross-Sectional Online Survey. Psychiatric Services, Published Online: 27 July 2022.

Adams, W., Rogers, E. S., Edwards, J. P., Lord, E., McKnight, L. & Barbone, M. (2021). Impact of COVID-19 on Peer Support Specialists in the United States: Findings from a Cross-Sectional Online Survey. Psychiatric Services, Published Online: 23 June 2021.

Bochicchio, L., Stefancic, A., McTavish, C. et al. (2021). “Being There” vs “Being Direct:” Perspectives of Persons with Serious Mental Illness on Receiving Support with Physical Health from Peer and Non-Peer Providers. Adm Policy Ment Health 48, 539–550.

Charles A, Nixdorf R, Ibrahim N, Meir LG, Mpango RS, Ngakongwa F, Nudds H, Pathare S, Ryan G, Repper J, Wharrad H, Wolf P, Slade M, Mahlke C. (2021). Initial Training for Mental Health Peer Support Workers: Systematized Review and International Delphi Consultation. JMIR Ment Health 8(5):e25528. doi: 10.2196/25528

Gillard, S., Banach, N., Barlow, E. et al. (2021). Developing and testing a principle-based fidelity index for peer support in mental health services. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 56, 1903–1911.

Mirbahaeddin, E. & Chreim, S. (2022). A Narrative Review of Factors Influencing Peer Support Role Implementation in Mental Health Systems: Implications for Research, Policy and Practice. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 49:596-612.

Mutschler, C., Bellamy, C., Davidson, L., Lichtenstein, S., & Kidd, S. (2022). Implementation of peer support in mental health services: A systematic review of the literature. Psychological Services, 19(2), 360–374.

Ojeda, V.D., Munson, M.R., Jones, N. et al. (2021). The Availability of Peer Support and Disparities in Outpatient Mental Health Service Use Among Minority Youth with Serious Mental Illness. Adm Policy Ment Health 48, 290–298 (2021).

Ostrow, L., Cook, J., Salzer, M., Pelot, M. &  J. Burke-Miller (2022). Employment Outcomes After Certification as a Behavioral Health Peer Specialist in Four U.S. States. Psychiatric Services.

Stefancic, A., Bochicchio, L., Tuda, D., Harris, Y., DeSomma, K. & Cabassa, L. (2021). Strategies and Lessons Learned for Supporting and Supervising Peer Specialists. Psychiatric Services, 72(5), 606-609.

Tate, M.C., Roy, A., Pinchinat, M. et al. (2022). Impact of Being a Peer Recovery Specialist on Work and Personal Life: Implications for Training and Supervision. Community Ment Health J 58, 193–204. Waid, J., Halpin, K. & Donaldson, R. (2021). Mental health service navigation: a scoping review of programmatic features and research evidence. Social Work in Mental Health, 19(1), 60-79.

Live and Learn: Compilation of Research on Peer Respites

Revisiting the Rational and Evidence for Peer Support
Reprinted in NYAPRS ENews (July 2018)

Peer delivered services in mental health care in 2018:
infancy or adolescence?  Marianne Farkas and Wilma Boevink

World Psychiatry: The Official Journal of the World Psychiatric Association (2018)

The Global Need for Lived Experience Leadership 
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal (2018)

The Health and Recovery Peer (HARP) Program: A Peer-Led Intervention to Improve Medical Self-Management for Persons with Serious Mental Illness
Psychiatric Services Online (2018)

The Evidence for Peer Support
Peer Support Resources (Western Mass Peer Network)
(Some links need to be updated) 

Defining Peer Roles and Status Among Community Health Workers and Peer Support Specialists in Integrated Systems of Care
Psychiatric Services (2017)

Connections to Care (C2C): The Perspectives of Leaders at Community-Based Organizations that are Integrating Mental Health Supports
RAND Corporation (2017)

Establishing a Research Agenda for Understanding the Role and Impact of Mental Health Peer Specialists
Psychiatric Services 68:9, (September 2017)

An update on the growing evidence base for peer support
Mental Health and Social Inclusion (2017)

Peer support services: state of the workforce-state of the field in the USA
Mental Health and Social Inclusion (2017)

Mutuality and shared power as an alternative to coercion and force
Mental Health and Social Inclusion (2017)

Why not a peer worker?
Mental Health and Social Inclusion (2017)

The growing pains of peer support
Mental Health and Social Inclusion (2017)

Provision of Peer Specialist Services in VA Patient Aligned Care Teams
RAND Corporation (2017)

Bridging Gaps in Mental Health Care: Lessons Learned from the Welcome Back Veterans Initiative
RAND Corporation (2017)

Essential Nontechnical Skills Service Members Gain During On-the-Job Experience: A Resource for Leaders and Hiring Managers
RAND Corporation (2017)

The Promise of Community Citizen Science
RAND Corporation (2017)

Web-based survey data collection with peer support and advocacy organizations: implications of participatory methods
John Hopkins Press (2017)

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal Issue 3, 2016 Complete issue devoted to Peer-Delivered Services (2016)

Early Stages of Development of a Peer Specialist Fidelity Measure
RAND Corporation Report (2016)

Peer Support Research Questions from the Perspective of iNAPS Attendees
Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion (2016)

Assessing the Evidence Base for Peer Support
Psychiatric Services (2014)

Peer Support: Why it Works
National Coalition on Mental Health Recovery (Bibliography) (2014)

Pillars of Peer Support (2010)

Centre of Excellence in Peer Support (Australia)

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