Dr. Dale Masi Awarded Grant from EARF to write History of EAPs in the United States and Canada.

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First comprehensive history of Employee Assistance Programs to be funded by the Employee Assistance Research Foundation

NORFOLK, VA, March 24, 2016 — The Employee Assistance Research Foundation (EARF) is pleased to announce a major new research effort, to address a critical deficiency in the Employee Assistance knowledge base: the lack of a definitive resource which documents the history and evolution of EAPs from their beginning to the present day. This undertaking will be solely funded by EARF, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation, the only organization dedicated to supporting rigorous research for effective, quality-driven EAPs.

Two grant recipients, Professor Dale Masi, PhD, CEAP and Professor Ann Roche, PhD will document the origins, development, milestones, and key influentials in EA services, using academic and archival research methods. Dr. Masi, an internationally recognized EAP expert and published author of numerous books and articles regarding EAPs, will conduct the initial phase of the effort detailing the history of EAPs in the US and Canada. She will be assisted by Jodi Jacobson, PhD, CEAP, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. Dr. Roche, an internationally recognized researcher and Director of the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) at Flinders University in South Australia, will conduct phase two of the project, focusing on EAPs outside North America and will be assisted by Dr. Ken Pidd, an international expert in workplace behavioral health.

To date, the EARF and has funded research on the current state of EAPs globally and an evaluation study demonstrating the clinical and workplace outcomes of EA services on employee productivity. These studies have generated multiple peer-reviewed articles, webinars and professional conference presentations. It is anticipated that this new project will make a major contribution to understanding the important contributions of EAPs in the global economy.

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Email: dalemasi@eapmasi.com

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