Employee Assistance Research Foundation

The History Project

Funded Research: The History Project

First Comprehensive History of Employee Assistance Programs to be Funded by the Employee Assistance

red-arrowHear Drs. Dale Masi, David Sharar and Jodi Jacobson Frey provide an update of progress on data gathering for the EAP History Project at EAPA’s 2016 World EAP Conference in Chicago on Thursday. Nov. 3rd at 11:15am in the Michigan Room.
red-arrowRead Dr. John Maynard’s recent The World of EAP column Tracing the Global History of EAP on pages 12-13 in the Journal of Employee Assistance, Volume 46, No 4 which describes the EARF’s EAP History Project.

Research Foundation

The Project:

The Employee Assistance Research Foundation (EARF) announces a new research effort, the EAP History Project. This initiative will address a critical deficiency in the Employee Assistance knowledge base: the need for a definitive resource that documents the history and evolution of EAPs. The EAP History Project will be funded by EARF, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation and the only organization dedicated to supporting rigorous research for effective, quality-driven EAPs. Two grant recipients, selected by EARF’s Re-search Committee, Professor Dale Masi and Professor Ann Roche, will employ academic archival research methods and interviews with key informants to document the origins, development, and milestones in EAPs from their beginning to the present day.

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

The Researchers:

Dale Masi - high res ColorProfessor Emeritus Dale Masi, PhD, CEAP, is the author of numerous books and articles on EAPs, the former director of the University of Mary-land School of Social Work’s Graduate EAP Specialization program. A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Masi has lectured in over 45 countries on EAPs and related topics. In 1984, she founded Masi Research Consultants, which provides consultation services to corporate and government clients in the design and evaluation of EA programs. Dr. Masi will be assisted by Jodi Jacobson Frey, PhD, LCSW-C, CEAP, Associate Professor, University of Maryland, School of Social Work and current chair of the University’s EAP Specialization program.



Ann RocheProfessor Ann Roche, PhD, Director of the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) at Flinders University in South Australia, is the former Director of the University of Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre, has held academic posts at the University of Newcastle, the University of Sydney and as consultant to the World Health Organization. Dr. Roche’s research efforts include peer-reviewed articles of descriptive epidemiology, policy analyses, systematic reviews, and a number of successful workplace intervention trials to support workers with alcohol and drug related problems. Dr. Roche will be assisted by Ken Pidd, Ph.D., Deputy Director of NCETA.



The Research Process:

The initial phase of the effort will detail the history and evolution of EAPs in the US and Canada under the supervision of Dr. Masi. Historical data will be gathered through a comprehensive literature review from the published academic literature, including peer-reviewed journals, doctoral dissertations, trade publications, online media sources, and university archival records. Documents such as policies, procedures, minutes, and agendas from EAP professional and trade organizations (EAPA, EASNA, COA, EAP Roundtable, National Behavioral Consortium, and etc.) will be reviewed. Additionally, in-person interviews with key informants and historical leaders in the US and Canadian EAP arena will be conducted. Video transcripts of these sessions will be available at the free online EAP Archives housed in the University of Maryland’s Health Sciences Library.

Dr. Roche and her team will conduct phase two of the project, focusing on EAPs outside North America. Similar to phase one, this will include a comprehensive literature review of the historical development and current state of EAPs, the identification and exploration of repositories of EAP-related documents and related data from universities and International organizations (such as the World Health Organization, the International Labour Organization, and the International Council on Alcohol and Addictions). Interviews of key informants from global range of countries will examine the history of EAPs and explore the systemic factors influencing EAP development over time. Various themes and contextual investigations will allow between country and within regional comparisons.

The two research teams will each address a defined, discreet component of the project; yet closely collaborate to merge their findings into a single, synthesized final manuscript. The multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary research methodology will focus on a qualitative examination of primary and secondary data, although quantitative analysis to identify potential causal relationships and contributory factors to determine drivers of EAP historical and contemporary aspects will also be conducted. Additional products of this effort will include articles submitted to peer-reviewed journals and trade publications highlighting various aspects from the findings, published interview transcripts, presentations at re-search free webinars for EA professionals and other interested parties, and other online features.