Willging

Cathleen E. Willging

Affiliations
Senior Research Scientist, Behavioral Health Research Center of the Southwest; Affiliate, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation
Areas of Expertise:
  • Health Care
  • Health Care Reform
  • Social Issues
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Women

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About Cathleen

Willging’s expertise lies in the areas of mental health services research, managed care, health policy, rural health, gender/sexuality, and Native American studies.

Briefs

Challenges on the Horizon for Native American Sovereignty and Health Care

    Cathleen E. Willging Elise Trott Jaramillo
  • Emily A. Haozous

How Obamacare Repeal Would Harm Rural America

  • Claire Snell-Rood

Podcast

Publications

"Structural Inequality and Social Support for Women Prisoners Released to Rural Communities" (with Elise Trott Jaramillo, Ethel G. Nicdao, and Nicole C. Kellet). Women and Criminal Justice (2015).

Examines the return of women prisoners to underserved rural communities and the perspectives of their closest social supporters through semi-structured interviews and focus groups. Challenges discourses of personal responsibility that detract from the structural violence and injustice shaping their experiences and considers policy implications and strategies to reduce recidivism.

"From a "Perfect Storm" to "Smooth Sailing": Policymaker Perspectives on Implementation and Sustainment of an Evidence-Based Practice in Two States." (with Amy E. Green, Lara Gunderson, Mark Chaffin, and Gregory A. Aarons). Child Maltreat 20, no. 1 (2015): 24-36.
Analyzes transcripts via open and focused coding techniques to identify the commonality, diversity, and complexity of implementation challenges, approaches to overcoming those challenges, and the importance of system-level contextual factors in ensuring successful implementation.
"Hitting the Wall: Boredom, Trouble and Youth Drug Use in Rural New Mexico" (with Gilbert A. Quintero and Elizabeth A. Lilliott). Youth and Society 46, no. 1 (2014): 3–29.
Illustrates how “boredom” and “troublemaking” represent manifestations of social position, political economic realities, and assessments of possible futures for rural youth in southwestern New Mexico.
"The Soft Underbelly of System Change: The Roles of Leadership, Organizational Climate, and Turnover Intentions in Provider Turnover during a Statewide Behavioral Health Care System Transformation" (with Gregory A. Aarons and David H. Sommerfeld). Psychological Services 8, no. 4 (2011): 260-281.
This quantitative examination sheds light on how leadership, organizational climate, and finances affected turnover intentions and voluntary turnover within behavioral health agencies during the early stages of a statewide system change.
"The Impact of State Behavioral Health Reform on Native American Individuals, Families, and Communities" (with Jessica Goodkind, Louise Lamphere, Gwendolyn Saul, Shannon Fluder, and Paula Seanez). Qualitative Health Research 22, no. 7 (2012): 880-896.
Details the involvement of Native Americans in state-initiated behavioral health reform efforts and the subsequent impacts on services and stakeholders.
"Lost in the Rush to National Reform: Recommendations for Improving the Impact on Behavioral Health Care in Rural Areas" (with Rafael M. Semansky, David J. Ley, and Barbara Rylko-Bauer). Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 23, no. 2 (2012).
Describes lessons learned from five years of research on a major systems-change initiative in New Mexico.

In the News

"GOP Health Care Bill Would Make Rural America’s Distress Much Worse," Cathleen E. Willging (with Claire Snell-Rood), The Conversation, June 26, 2017.
"‘Trumpcare’ Damages Rural New Mexicans," Cathleen E. Willging (with Claire Snell-Rood), Santa Fe New Mexican, June 5, 2017.
Cathleen E. Willging quoted on the New Mexico Behavioral Health Care Collaborative in Justin Horwath, "How United Healthcare Bought Access to the Governor, Won Lucrative Contract with New Mexico and Avoided Scrutiny in the Behavioral Health Care Shakeup" Santa Fe Reporter, March 18, 2015.
Guest to discuss the effects of the shutdown of New Mexico's behavioral health providers on Breaking Bonds (Documentary), Cathleen E. Willging, August 29, 2013.