Publications & Books

Peer Reviewed Publications:

Hess, J. Z. (2005). Scientists in the swamp: Narrowing the language–practice gap in community psychology. Special issue “Community Psychology and Science,” American Journal of Community Psychology 35(3-4), 239-252.

Hess, J. Z. & Larsen, S. (2007). “Is this going to be on the test?!”: Exploring authentic engagement in a large undergraduate course. Australian Community Psychologist 19(2), 92-108.

Allen, N. E., Watt, K. & Hess, J. Z. (2008). A qualitative study of the activities and outcomes of domestic violence coordinating councilsAmerican Journal of Community Psychology 41(1-2), 63-73. 

Hess, J. Z., Barr, S., & Hunt, G. (2009). The practice of family mentoring and advocacy: A theoretical investigation of key issues. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 90(2), 189-195.

Hess, J. Z. & Todd, N. R. (2009). From culture war to difficult dialogue: Exploring distinct frames for citizen exchange about social problemsJournal of Public Deliberation 5(1) Art 3, 1-27.

Hess, J. Z., Rynczak, D., Minarik, J. & Landrum-Brown, J. (2010). Alternative settings for liberal-conservative exchange:  Examining an undergraduate dialogue course. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 20(2), 156-166.

Hess, J.Z., Allen, N.E., & Todd, N.R. (2011). Interpreting community accountability: Citizen views of responding to domestic violence (or not)Qualitative Report, 16(4), 1096-1123.

Hess, J.Z., & Lacasse, J. R. (2011). What Does It Mean for an Intervention to ‘Work’? Making Sense of Conflicting Treatment Outcomes for Youth Facing Emotional ProblemsFamilies in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 92(3), 301-308.

Hess, J. Z., Bjorklund, E., Preece, N. & Mulitalo, J. (2012). “Okay, what do we do now?” A qualitative study of transition home following youth residential treatment. Residential Treatment for Children & Youth, 29(3), 155-201

Hess, J. Z., Arner, W., Sykes, E., Tanana, M., & Price, A. G. (2012). Helping juvenile offenders on their own ‘turf’:  Tracking recidivism outcomes of a home-based paraprofessional intervention. Journal of Juvenile Justice, 2(1), 12-24. 

Hess, J. Z., Bjorklund, E., Preece, N. & Draper, S. (2013). Poison apples, big bad wolves and other ‘happy ending’ spoilers: Overcoming barriers to enduring change following youth residential treatment.  Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, 6(1), 69-97.

Hess, J. Z., Lacasse, J. R., Williams, D., Harmon, J. & Vierling-Claassen, N. (2014). “Is There a Getting Better From This, or Not?” Examining the Meaning and Possibility of Recovery from Mental Disorder? Child and Youth Services, 35(2), 116-136.

Hess, J. Z., Gantt, E.E., Lacasse, J.R., & Vierling-Claassen, N. (2014). Narrating the Brain: Investigating Contrasting Portrayals of the Embodiment of Mental DisorderJournal of Phenomenological Psychology, 45 (2) 168–208.

Hess, J.Z., Decker, A., Lacasse, J.R., & Foster, M. (2016). A Dialogue About the U.S. Dialogue on Mental Health: Exploring the Nature, Scope, and Implications of the ConversationEthical Human Psychology,  and Psychiatry, 18(3), 172-195.

Lacasse, J.R., Piel, M.H., Lietz, C.A., Rider, A. & Hess, J.Z. (2016). The client experience of psychiatric medication: A qualitative studySocial Work in Mental Health, 14(1) 61-81.

Books & Monographs:

2009: “Prozac Saved My Life” Vs. “Prozac Ruined My Life”: Investigating the Adoption, Constitution and Maintenance of Distinct Interpretations associated with Depression and its Medical Treatment In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology in the Graduate College of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2010. A long-term view of serious emotional problems: “Is there such a thing as ‘getting better’ from this or not?” Critical issues along the journey to an answer (Utah Youth Village)

2012 (with Phil Neisser). You’re Not as Crazy as I Thought, (But You’re Still Wrong): Conversations between a Die-Hard Liberal and a Devoted Conservative) Dulles, VA: Potomac Press.

2013. Once Upon a Time…He Wasn’t Feeling It Anymore: What’s Killing Romance in America – and What to Do about It (Swansea Press)

2015 (with Arthur Peña). A Third Space: Proposing Another Way Forward in the LGBT/Religious Conservative Impasse (Disagreement Practice, Treasonous Friendship & Trustworthy Rivalry in the Face of Irreconcilable Difference).

Coming in 2018:

  • Mindfully Mormon: Faith in Stillness, Silence & Solitude:  Re-Storying the Gospel of Christ from a Contemplative Lens
  • (with Charles Randall Paul). Rediscovering the Joy of Sharing Truth: A Dialogic Approach to Missionary Work