Sample of Intervention Studies Supporting Positive Effects of the Program


Hart, A. et al. (2019). Decreasing Depression and Anxiety in College Youth Using the Creating Opportunities for Personal Empowerment Program (COPE). Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 25(2), 89–98.

Erlich, Kimberly J. et al. (2018). Outcomes of a Brief Cognitive Skills-Based Intervention (COPE) for Adolescents in the Primary Care Setting. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 2018, 12.001

Melnyk, B.M., Jacobson, D., Kelly, S.A., Belyea, M.J., Shaibi, G.Q., Small, L., O’Haver, J.A., & Marsiglia, F.F.  (2015). Twelve-Month Effects of the COPE Healthy Lifestyles TEEN Program on Overweight and Depression in High School Adolescents. Journal of School Health.

Kozlowski, J., Lusk, P, & Melnyk, B.M. (2015). Pediatric nurse practitioner management of child anxiety in the rural primary care clinic with the evidence-based COPE. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 29(3), 274-282.

Hickman, C., Jacobson, D., & Melnyk, B.M.  (2014). Randomized controlled trial of the acceptability, feasibility, and preliminary effects of a cognitive behavioral skills building intervention in adolescents with chronic daily headaches: A pilot study. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 29(1), 5-16. July 10, 2014 [Epub ahead of print]. DOI: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2014.05.001

Melnyk, B.M., Kelly, S., & Lusk, P.  (2014). Outcomes and feasibility of a manualized cognitive-behavioral skills building intervention: Group COPE for depressed and anxious adolescents in school settings. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, January 29, 2014. [Epub ahead of print] doi: 10.1111/jcap.12058

Melnyk, B.M., Kelly, S., Jacobson, D., Arcoleo, K., & Shaibi, G. (2013). Improving physical activity, mental health outcomes and academic retention of college students with freshman 5 to thrive: COPE/healthy lifestyles. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner, 26(6), 314-322; June 18, 2013.  [Epub ahead of print]; 

Melnyk, B.M., Jacobson, D., Kelly, S., Belyea, M., Shaibi, G., Small, L., O’Haver, J., & Marsiglia, F.F. (2013). Promoting healthy lifestyles in high school adolescents: A randomized controlled trial.  American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 45(4), 407-415. September 10, 2013. [Epub ahead of print] dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2013.05.013

Lusk, P., & Melnyk, B.M. (2011). The brief cognitive-behavioral COPE intervention for depressed adolescents: Outcomes and feasibility of delivery in 30-minute outpatient visits. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 17(3), 226-236.

Ritchie, T.  (2011). Evaluation of the Impact of the Creating Opportunity for Personal Empowerment (COPE) Healthy Lifestyles Thinking, Emotions, Exercise, and Nutrition (TEEN) Program in a Rural High School Health Class. (DNP Capstone Project). West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia.

Melnyk, B.M., Jacobson, D., Kelly, S., O’Haver, J., Small, L., & Mays, M.Z. (2009). Improving the mental health, healthy lifestyle choices and physical health of Hispanic adolescents: A randomized controlled pilot study. Journal of School Health, 79(12), 575-584.

Melnyk, B.M., Small, L., Morrison-Beedy, D., Strasser, A., Spath, L., Kreipe, R., Crean, H., Kelly, S., & Jacobson, D. (2007). The COPE healthy lifestyles TEEN program: Feasibility, preliminary efficacy and lessons learned from an after school group intervention with overweight adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 21(5), 315-322.