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Ana Maria Brannan

Associate Professor Tenured/Tenure-Track
W.W. Wright Education Building Room Wright Ed Bldg
Phone 1: (812) 856-8119
Phone 2: (812) 322-3473
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Department:  Curriculum and Instruction
Affiliations:  Special Education
About Me | Degrees



For the past 20 years, I have been conducting children’s mental health services research with an emphasis on the role of the family. I have expertise in program evaluation and assessment. In addition to developing tools to assess family variables, I have also worked on assessment of service practices and service system performance. As an investigator at the IU School of Education, I am shifting my research to include mental health services provided through school settings, and understanding the experiences of families caring for children with autism spectrum disorders.


            Heflinger, C.A., Mukolo, A., Brannan, A.M., & Wallston, K. (in review). Stigma about children with emotional and behavioral problems and their families: The Attitudes about Child Mental Health Questionnaire. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.

            Brannan, A.M., Brashears, F., Gyamfi, P., Manteuffel, B.A., & Fisher, S.K. (2012). Implementation and development of federally-funded systems of care over time. American Journal of Community Psychology, 49, 467-482.

            Brannan, A.M., Athay, M.M., & de Andrade, A.R. (2012). Measurement quality of the Caregiver Strain Questionnaire-Short Form 7 (CGSQ-SF7). Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 39, 51-59.

            Riehman, K., Brannan, A.M., Stephens, RL., & Manteuffel, B.A. (2011). Comparison of caregiver service experiences in federally-funded systems of care and non-funded communities. Report on Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Youth, 11, 12-18.

            Rosenzweig, J., & Brannan, A.M. (2008). The intersection of children’s mental health and work-family studies. In E. Brennan and J. Rosenzweig (Eds.) Work, life, and the mental health system of care. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brooks Publishing.

            Brannan, A.M., & Heflinger, C.A. (2006). Caregiver strain and barriers to care in two child mental health service systems. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 33, 408-422.

            Brannan, A.M., Manteuffel, B.A., Holden, E.W., & Heflinger, C.A. (2006). Use of the Family Resource Scale in children's mental health: Reliability and validity among economically diverse samples. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 33, 182-197.

            Heflinger, C.A., & Brannan, A.M. (2006). Differences in the experience of caregiver strain between families caring for youth with substance use disorders and families of youth with mental health problems. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 15, 83-104.

             Brennan, E. M., & Brannan, A.M. (2005). Participation in the paid labor force by caregivers of children with emotional and behavioral disorders. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 13, 237-246.

            Brannan, A.M., & Heflinger, C.A. (2005). Child behavioral health service use and caregiver strain: Comparison of managed care and fee-for-service Medicaid systems. Mental Health Services Research, 7, 197-211.

            Kang, E.J., Brannan, A.M., & Heflinger, C.A. (2005). Racial differences in reports of caregiver strain among caregivers of children with emotional and behavioral problems. Journal of Child and Family Studies,14, 43-56.

            Brannan, A.M., Heflinger, C.A., & Foster, E.M. (2003). The role of caregiver strain and other family variables in children’s use of mental health services. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 11, 77-91.

            Brannan, A.M. (2003). Ensuring effective mental health treatment in real-world settings and the critical role of the family. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 12, 1-10.

          Holden, E.W., Santiago, R.L., Manteuffel, B.A., Stephens, R., Brannan, A.M., Soler, R., Brashears, F., & Zaro, S., (2003). Systems of care demonstration projects: innovation, evaluation and sustainability. In A. Pumariega, and N. Winters (Eds.) Handbook of community systems of care: The new child and adolescent community psychiatry. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass. pp. 432-458.

         Brannan, A.M., Baughman, L.N., Reed, E.D., and Katz-Leavy, J. (2002). System of care assessment: Cross-site comparison of findings. Children Services: Social Policy, Research, and Practice, 5, 37-56.

         Brannan, A.M., & Heflinger, C.A. (2001). Distinguishing caregiver strain from psychological distress: Modeling the relationship between child, family, and caregiver variables. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 10, 405-418.

           Vinson, N.B., Brannan, A.M., Baughman, L.B., Wilce, M., & Gawron, T. (2001). The system of care model: Implementation in 27 sites. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 9, 30-41.

          Lambert, W., Brannan, A.M., Heflinger, C.A., Breda, C., & Bickman, L. (1998). Common patterns of service use in children’s mental health. Journal of Mental Health Administration, 21, 47-57.

          Heflinger, C.A., Northrup, D.A., Sonnichsen, S.E., & Brannan, A.M. (1998). Including a family focus in research on community-based services for children with serious emotional disturbance: Experience from the Fort Bragg Evaluation Project. In M.H. Epstein, K. Kutash, & A. Duchnowski (Eds.). Outcomes for children with and youth with behavioral and emotional disorders: Programs and evaluation best practices (pp. 261- 293). Austin, TX: Pro-Ed. 

         Brannan, A,.M., Heflinger, C.A., & Bickman, L. (1997). The Caregiver Strain Questionnaire: Measuring the impact on the family of living with a child with serious emotional disturbance. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 5, (4), 212-222.    

         Brannan, A.M., Sonnichsen, S.E., & Heflinger, C.A. (1996). Measuring satisfaction with children’s mental health services: Validity and reliability of the Satisfaction Scales. Evaluation and Program Planning, 19, (2), 131-141.

        Heflinger, C.A., Sonnichsen, S.E., & Brannan, A.M. (1996). Parent satisfaction with children’s mental health services: Findings from the Fort Bragg Evaluation Project. Journal of Mental Health Administration, 23, (11), 69-79.




Ph.D. Policy Development and Program Evaluation - Vanderbilt University

M.S. Public Health - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

B.S. in Political Science - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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