Christopher Rollo Larrison

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Research Interests

Dr. Larrison is interested in community based service agencies and how they interact with clients and policies to create outcomes for clients. Employing primary data, he has studied community based mental health services in the U.S., community development in rural Mexico, and the impact of welfare reform in Georgia. His use of field research techniques has led to extensive experience in training and supervising research staff, collecting and analyzing primary data, and using mixed methods.  He has concentrated on two sets of factors related to community based service outcomes: 1) Client-level factors with a particular consideration to socioeconomic status, gender, level of health, and race, culture and ethnicity; and 2) agency-level factors with a particular consideration to program model, level of innovation, and organizational climate. Several of Dr. Larrison’s peer reviewed articles have been placed on suggested reading lists by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Government Accounting Office, and The World Bank. Dr. Larrison was the PI for a three year NIMH funded field project that is examining the relationship between organizational climate and treatment outcomes for African American adults receiving services at 12 community mental health agencies in the Upper Mississippi River Basin (1R34 MH074640-02A, Climate, diversity, and outcomes in rural mental health).


BS, Human Behavior & Family Studies, Cornell University, 1988

MSW, University of Georgia, 1996

PhD, Social Work, University of Georgia, 1999


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Research Output 1998 2019

Experiences of African-American men with serious mental illness and their kinship networks within the mental health care system

Hack, S. M., Larrison, C. R., Bennett, M. E. & Lucksted, A., Jan 2 2019, In : Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work. 28, 1, p. 98-114 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

African Americans
mental illness
Mental Health
mental health

Implementation of Electronic Health Records Among Community Mental Health Agencies

Larrison, C. R., Xiang, X., Gustafson, M., Lardiere, M. R. & Jordan, N., Jan 1 2018, In : Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research. 45, 1, p. 133-142 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mental illness etiology beliefs among African American men with serious mental illness and their social support networks

Hack, S. M., Larrison, C. R., Bennett, M. E., Klingaman, E. A. & Peeples, A. D., Jan 2 2017, In : Social Work in Mental Health. 15, 1, p. 99-120 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social Support
African Americans
mental illness
social support

Disparities in Health Services Use Among Multiracial American Young Adults

Tabb, K. M., Larrison, C. R., Choi, S. & Huang, H., Dec 1 2016, In : Journal of immigrant and minority health. 18, 6, p. 1462-1469 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Health Services
Young Adult
North American Indians
Primary Health Care
Minority Health

Trends in health care utilization among adults with serious psychological distress: 2003-2014

Xiang, X., Larrison, C. R. & Tabb, K. M., Jul 1 2016, In : Psychiatric Services. 67, 7, p. 743-748 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Patient Acceptance of Health Care
Hospital Emergency Service
Office Visits