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Adapting the Cups Task (ACT) Study

Principal Investigator: Jacqueline Bruce, Ph.D.

This 2-year study will involve collecting behavioral and ERP data with 150 children and adolescents during a decision-making task.

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Adolescent Decision-Making Study

Principal Investigator: Leslie Leve, Ph.D. ;

A study to learn what contributes to healthy decision making in adolescent girls.

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Adolescent Latino Acculturation Study

Principal Investigator: Charles Martinez Jr., Ph.D.

How do Latino families who have immigrated to the U.S. adapt to life in this country?

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After Deployment Adaptive Parenting Tool (ADAPT2)

Principal Investigator: David S. DeGarmo, Ph.D. ; Abigail Gewirtz, Ph.D. ; Brion Marquez, Ph.D.

An Internet-based delivery format to address the unique needs of families of re-integrating service members after deployment to combat zones.

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Cascading Dissemination of a Foster Parent Intervention

Principal Investigator: Patricia Chamberlain, Ph.D. ; Joseph Price

A study of whether parent management training can improve parenting practices, decrease out-of-home placements, and improve child functioning.

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Center for Drug Abuse Prevention in the Child Welfare System

Principal Investigator: John B. Reid

Scientists and national experts integrate knowledge to help fill the gaps in drug abuse prevention research, practice, and policy.

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Child Exposure to Family Violence (CEV)

Principal Investigator: Joann Wu Shortt, Ph.D.

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a complex and significant public health problem with adverse physical and mental health consequences not only for the adults involved but also for the children who are exposed to IPV. However, the impact of IPV exposure on children’s adjustment has shown substantial variability. Child Exposure to Family Violence (CEV) draws […]

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Cognitive Training Study (CTrain)

Principal Investigator: Richard Bryck, Ph.D.

A study examining the effects of cognitive training in at-risk children.

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Competing Models of Socialization Study

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Identifying and detailing the processes that contribute to social development during childhood.

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Couples

Principal Investigator: Deborah Capaldi, Ph.D.

A life-span perspective of young men’s romantic partner selection.

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Dissemination Model for Community Based Infrastructures

Principal Investigator: Lew Bank, Ph.D.

A collaborative effort between OSLC and Tillamook County to develop and maintain a community database for evaluation purposes.

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Early Experience, Stress Neurobiology, and Prevention Science

Principal Investigator: Megan Gunnar (University of Minnesota) ; Philip Fisher, Ph.D.

A grant funding a network of scientists studying the effects of stressful early environments on the developing brain and interventions that can remediate these effects.

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Early Growth and Development Study: Health

Principal Investigator: Jody Ganiban, PhD (George Washington University)

A nationwide study of important developments in understanding the relationship between heredity and family environment in child physical growth and health.

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Early Growth and Development Study: NIMH

Principal Investigator: Leslie Leve, Ph.D. ;

This study examines the interplay between genetic, prenatal, and postnatal environmental influences on early pathways to conduct, anxiety, and depressive behaviors by interviewing parents about child behavior and symptoms between ages 6 and 8 years.

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Early Growth and Development Study: Phase I

Principal Investigator: Leslie Leve, Ph.D.

A nationwide study of the relationship between heredity and family environment on child development.

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Early Growth and Development Study: Phase II

Principal Investigator: Leslie Leve, Ph.D.

A nationwide study on understanding the relationship between heredity, the prenatal environment, and family environment in child development.

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Early Intervention Foster Care

Principal Investigator: Philip Fisher, Ph.D.

Five-year trial testing the efficacy of a preventive intervention designed to reduce risk and improve long-term outcomes for preschoolers in the foster care system.

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FAIR

Principal Investigator: Lisa Saldana, Ph.D.

FAIR is an intensive treatment for parents referred to child welfare services for neglect and substance use. The treatment aims to build parents’ skills in parenting and address their substance use, while promoting stability through housing, employment, and other supports.

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Family R&R

Principal Investigator: J. Mark Eddy, Ph.D.

This is a longitudinal study of 180 children and their families. The study is being conducted in collaboration with the Relief Nursery in the Eugene-Springfield metropolitan areas in Oregon.

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Family-Peer Linkages

Principal Investigator: Joann Wu Shortt, Ph.D.

An examination of children’s abilities to self-manage their emotions and of their peer relations at school.

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fMRI Study of Inhibitory Control

Principal Investigator: Jacqueline Bruce, Ph.D.

fMRI Study of Inhibitory Control is designed to examine children’s behavioral performance and brain activation during an inhibitory control task.

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Follow-up of the Kids in Transition to School – Developmental Disabilities Project

Principal Investigator: Katherine C. Pears, Ph.D.

The Kids in Transition to School – Early Childhood Education Project was a randomized efficacy trail of a preventive intervention to enhance psychosocial and academic school readiness in children with development disabilities as then enter the kindergarten.
IES: (#R324A150149)

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Girls’ Longterm Outcomes—Suicidality and Depression Study (GLO-SADS)

Principal Investigator: David Kerr, Ph.D.

This study is a longitudinal prospective study that follows 164 adolescent girls who were involved in a randomized clinical trial of Treatment Foster Care of Oregon (TFCO) to young adulthood.

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Health Opportunity for Mother and Child Emotion Function (HOME)

Principal Investigator: Joann Wu Shortt, Ph.D.

Project HOME will develop and pilot an emotion-focused intervention to support incarcerate mothers as they leave prison and reunite with their children in the community

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Healthy Family Project

Principal Investigator: Lew Bank, Ph.D.

An investigation of parent-management training efficacy with a sample from a rural Oregon county population receiving court-ordered supervision.

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Implementing Parent Management Training in Norway

Principal Investigator: Marion S. Forgatch, Ph.D.

A study of the Norwegian nationwide implementation of the Oregon parent management training program (PMTO) developed at OSLC.

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Indian Family Wellness

Principal Investigator: Philip Fisher, Ph.D.

A collaboration between the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and OSLC toward the development, implementation, and evaluation of a family-based, culturally competent preventive intervention for families enrolled in a tribal Head Start Program.

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JDC-HIV

Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Letourneau, Ph.D.

This project will conduct statistical analyses and assist in the preparation of manuscripts using data from a recently completed trial of an adolescent substance abuse intervention.

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Juvenile Probation Officers-Contingency Management (JPO-CM)

Principal Investigator: Ashli J. Sheidow, Ph.D.

This study (NIDA #R01DA041434) will determine if JPOs can deliver an evidence-based intervention as a means to ultimately decrease drug use and criminal behaviors among high-risk adolescents

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KEEP

Principal Investigator: Patricia Chamberlain, Ph.D.

Numerous studies have shown that many of today’s foster children have complex and serious behavioral and mental health problems that put them at risk for negative long-term outcomes. The enormous potential of these young people and the tough challenges faced by foster and kinship parents inspired the development of the KEEP model.

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KEEP-P

Principal Investigator: Hyoun K. Kim, Ph.D. ; Katherine C. Pears, Ph.D. ; Patricia Chamberlain, Ph.D. ; Philip Fisher, Ph.D.

Preschool-aged foster children are at high risk for numerous negative outcomes. KEEP-P will conduct a randomized clinical trial of a new, low-cost, manualized, group-based intervention for foster preschoolers and their caregivers.

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Kids in Transition to School – Developmental Disabilities Follow-up

Principal Investigator: Katherine C. Pears, Ph.D.

The Kids in Transition to School (KITS) – Developmental Disabilities Follow-Up is a longitudinal study of the effects of a randomized efficacy trial of a preventive intervention to enhance psychosocial and academic school readiness in children with developmental disabilities and behavior or social difficulties who were entering kindergarten.

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Kids in Transition to School – Developmental Disabilities Project

Principal Investigator: Katherine C. Pears, Ph.D.

The Kids in Transition to School – Developmental Disabilities Project was a randomized efficacy trial of a preventive intervention to enhance psychosocial and academic school readiness in children with developmental disabilities as they enter kindergarten.

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Kids in Transition to School (KITS)

Principal Investigator: Katherine C. Pears, Ph.D.

The Kids in Transition to School (KITS) foster care program began with a 5-year randomized efficacy trial of a preventive intervention to enhance psychosocial and academic school readiness in foster children as they enter school.

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Kids in Transition to School (KITS) – Follow-up

Principal Investigator: Katherine C. Pears, Ph.D.

The Kids in Transition to School (KITS) Follow-Up was a the 5 year continuation of a randomized efficacy trial of a preventive intervention to enhance psychosocial and academic school readiness in foster children as they enter school.

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Kids in Transition to School (KITS) – Promise Neighborhoods

Principal Investigator: Katherine C. Pears, Ph.D.

The Kids in Transition to School (KITS) in the Promise Neighborhoods project is a randomized efficacy trial of the KITS Program, an intervention to improve early literacy, prosocial and emotion and behavior regulation, with children from socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods.

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Linking the Interests of Families and Teachers

Principal Investigator: J. Mark Eddy, Ph.D.

Follow-up During Young Adulthood of Participants in a School-Based Randomized Preventive Intervention Trial.

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Linking the Interests of Families and Teachers Couples (LIFT)

Principal Investigator: Joann Wu Shortt, Ph.D.

This study will involve secondary analysis for 323 young adults (184 women and 139 men; average age 21 years) and their romantic partners from the Linking the Interests of Families and Teachers (LIFT) community sample. The study will first use a prospective design to test a mediational model of developmental risk factors (family, peer, youth […]

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LINKS

Principal Investigator: Patricia Chamberlain, Ph.D.

A study to see if intervention will help foster children transitioning to middle school avoid risky behaviors including drug and tobacco use, participation in HIV- risking sexual behavior, delinquency, mental health problems, and school failure.

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MAP-OPT A: Research on Outpatient Treatment for Adolescents with Comorbidity

Principal Investigator: Ashli J. Sheidow, Ph.D.

Adolescent substance abuse results in significant negative outcomes for youths, their families, communities, and society. Rates of psychiatric comorbidity, or dual diagnosis, among substance-abusing youths range from 25 to 82 percent. Treatment of these youths is both costly and complicated, with youth and their families often having to navigate separate treatment services for each disorder. […]

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Marriage and Parenting in Stepfamilies

Principal Investigator: Marion S. Forgatch, Ph.D.

A study of the processes that account for adjustment in stepfamilies and of the efficacy of a program designed to promote healthy child adjustment.

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Meta-Analysis of Family-Based Prevention Programs for Adolescent Substance Abuse Parent Child Study

Principal Investigator: Mark Van Ryzin, Ph.D.

The use of Meta-analytic techniques to evaluate which program components are most strongly linked to success.

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Multisystemic Therapy for Emerging Adults MST-EA (NIDA)

Principal Investigator: Ashli J. Sheidow, Ph.D. ;

This study (NIDA #R01 DA041425-01) will evaluate the effectiveness of comprehensive treatment for justice-involved emerging adults with alcohol and other drug (AOD) abuse, as well as examining the mechanism of action for such treatments.

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Multisystemic Therapy for Emerging Adults MST-EA (NIMH)

Principal Investigator: Ashli J. Sheidow, Ph.D. ; Maryann Davis, Ph.D.

This study (NIMH #R01MH108793) will evaluate the effectiveness of a comprehensive treatment for emerging adults who are justice-involved and have serious mental illness, as well as examining the mechanisms of action for such treatments.

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Oregon Divorce Studies

Principal Investigator: Marion S. Forgatch, Ph.D.

Two studies of the factors that contribute to marital and child adjustment following marital separation.

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Oregon Divorced Fathers Study

Principal Investigator: David S. DeGarmo, Ph.D.

A study, utilizing reliable data on fathers’ parenting behaviors giving expression to fathers’ views, investigating their behavior, support, and adjustment processes.

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Oregon Prevention Research Center

Principal Investigator: John B. Reid

Founded to integrate the findings from our longitudinal research on the etiology of juvenile antisocial behavior with our experience developing intervention strategies for antisocial youngsters and their families.

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Oregon Youth Study

Principal Investigator: Deborah Capaldi, Ph.D.

A longitudinal study of the etiology of antisocial behaviors in boys.

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Oregon Youth Study 2

Principal Investigator: Deborah Capaldi, Ph.D.

This study will shed new light on the persistence and desistance of use of alcohol and other substances in early midadulthood for men from at-risk backgrounds.

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Origins

Principal Investigator: Leslie Leve, Ph.D.

An examination of the ways parents deal with the normal ups and downs of childhood.

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OSLC Relationship Study 1

Principal Investigator: Patricia Chamberlain, Ph.D.

An intervention with 13- to 17-year-old females with histories of chronic criminal behavior and mental health problems referred from the juvenile justice system.

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OSLC Relationship Study 2

Principal Investigator: Patricia Chamberlain, Ph.D.

A study of how community-based interventions can help girls function well in their teenage years in into adulthood.

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OSLC Relationship Study 3

Principal Investigator: Leslie Leve, Ph.D.

This study is a follow-up of two randomized intervention studies The OSLC Relationship Study 1 and The OSLC Relationship Study 2 aimed at improving adjustment and reducing delinquency during adolescence.

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Parenting Inside Out

Principal Investigator: J. Mark Eddy, Ph.D.

The impact of incarceration on the parent-child relationship and the long-term economic, emotional, and emotional implications of having a parent in prison are well documented. According to 2010 data from the Pew Charitable Trusts, 1 in 28 children have a parent behind bars.

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Partnership for Kindergarten Success (PKS)

Principal Investigator: Katherine C. Pears, Ph.D.

This project was a researcher–practitioner partnership involving three organizations: South Lane School District (SLSD), Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC), and United Way of Lane County (UWLC). The three organizations developed a formalized partnership to help South Lane School District collect information about the early childhood education and care experiences of incoming kindergarteners.
IES: (#R305H140081)

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Path to Adulthood Study

Principal Investigator: J. Mark Eddy, Ph.D.

An examination of the continuing effect of a family’s involvement with the juvenile system and the long-term results of the residential treatment the boys may have received.

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Pathways Home: Reducing Risk in the Child Welfare System

Principal Investigator: John Reid

Aimed at developing effective and feasible parenting interventions for children and their families in the child welfare system.

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Pragmatic Observational Treatment Integrity Instrument for Child Therapy (TIME)

Principal Investigator: Bryce D. McLeod ; Jason E. Chapman, Ph.D.

The goal of this study is to develop a “pragmatic” observational instrument for measuring therapist integrity and skill in delivering CBT for youth anxiety in community-based settings. In such settings, existing measurement systems are impractical (too long, expensive, time consuming, etc.) and/or lack evidence for their valid use. To be pragmatic, the proposed instrument will […]

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Preventing Behavior and Health Problems for Foster Teens

Principal Investigator: Patricia Chamberlain, Ph.D.

Aimed at testing the efficacy of an intervention designed to strengthen the parenting skills of foster parents and to increase social skills related to preventing health-risking behaviors for youth in foster homes.

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Process of Fathering: Effects on His Child’s Competence

Principal Investigator: Philip Fisher, Ph.D.

A study that examines the differences in family-types on the parenting of young children.

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ProTeens

Principal Investigator: Dana Smith, Ph.D.

The ProTeens study is a three-year study designed to test the efficacy of an integrated, family-centered preventive intervention for adolescent boys involved in the juvenile justice system through the Department of Youth Services.

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R3

Principal Investigator: Lisa Saldana, Ph.D.

Public child welfare systems (CWS) in the United States are populated with vulnerable children and families at high risk of negative outcomes, including substance use, risky sexual behavior, delinquency, incarceration, homelessness, and early mortality. This project will evaluate the effectiveness of a supervisor-targeted implementation strategy in creating organizational change and positive family outcomes such as placement permanency, child stability and well-being.

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RRFT: Integrative Risk Reduction and Treatment for Teen Substance Use Problems and PTSD

Principal Investigator: Michael R. McCart, Ph.D.

The aim of this project is to conduct a randomized clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of Risk Reduction through Family Therapy (RRFT) for child sexual abuse victims reporting current substance abuse and experiencing trauma-related symptoms. RRFT will be compared to treatment as usual on substance abuse and PTSD outcomes from pre-treatment through 18 months […]

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SAF- Randomized Trial of Supervisor Audit-and-Feedback Intervention

Principal Investigator: Jason E. Chapman, Ph.D.

This study aims to develop and evaluate a relatively low-burden observational instrument to measure the adherence and competence of community-based clinical supervisors of Multisystemic Treatment (MST).

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Sibling Interaction and Behavior Study

Principal Investigator: Lew Bank, Ph.D.

An intervention-prevention research project addressing family life and sibling relationships during middle childhood.

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Stages of Implementation Completion (SIC)

Principal Investigator: Lisa Saldana, Ph.D.

We know little about how to achieve successful implementations when interventions are rolled out into community setting. The Stages of Implementation Completion (SIC) will be examined in collaboration with developers of three evidence-based practices.

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STEP Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women: Teen Dating Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, and Sexual Violence

Principal Investigator: Dorothy Espelage, Ph.D.

Research has documented a link between substance use and other types of aggressive behavior, such as bullying, aggression, and sexual harassment, yet there remains a dearth of knowledge regarding the extent to which substance use facilitates or amplifies patterns of teen dating aggression. It will leverage data from an existing randomized clinical trial of The […]

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Students with Involved Families and Teachers (SWIFT)

Principal Investigator: Rohanna Buchanan, Ph.D.

SWIFT is a 3-year development project of an intervention to support student transitions from day-treatment school settings to public school settings.

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Studying Adolescent Regulation (StAR) Project

Principal Investigator: Jacqueline Bruce, Ph.D.

This study is designed to investigate the effects of early adverse experiences and the cognitive processes underlying behavioral regulation on early-onset alcohol use in maltreated adolescents.

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TCS: Twelve-Year Professional Youth Mentoring Program for High Risk Youth: Continuation of a Longitudinal Randomized Controlled Trial

Principal Investigator: Jennifer Cearley, Ph.D.

Mentoring is commonly viewed as an important prevention strategy for youth at risk for involvement in the juvenile justice system. Unfortunately, providing mentoring to the highest-risk youth can be extremely challenging. This multisite randomized controlled trial examines the impact of a 12-year long professional youth mentoring program, Friends of the Children (FOTC), on boys and […]

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Testing the Community-Based Learning Collaborative Implementation Model (FPIC)

Principal Investigator: Rochelle F. Hanson; MUSC

This project evaluates the Community-based Learning Collaborative model, which targets both clinical and non-clinical professionals in the child welfare and mental health service sectors as a way to build and strengthen inter-professional relationships and improve delivery of evidence-based mental health treatment services. The project capitalizes on an on-going implementation project, aiming to generate evidence about […]

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The Child Study (Moved to ODI)

Principal Investigator: J. Mark Eddy, Ph.D.

We are conducting a randomized intervention trial to test the impact of a mentoring program. Early elementary-aged children, their caregivers, and mentors will be interviewed in the study.

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The Latino Youth and Family Empowerment Project – I

Principal Investigator: Charles Martinez Jr., Ph.D.

A collaboration between Centro LatinoAmericano and the OSLC Latino Research Team to address gaps in prevention science and intervention services in the local Latino community.

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The Latino Youth and Family Empowerment Project – II

Principal Investigator: Charles Martinez Jr., Ph.D.

A study of the delivery and a test of the adapted version of OSLC’s Parent Management Training to Latino families.

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The Middle School Success Project

Principal Investigator: Leslie Leve, Ph.D.

A study of the effectiveness of providing enhanced services for pre-adolescent girls in foster care.

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The Parent Child Study

Principal Investigator: J. Mark Eddy, Ph.D.

A test of the impact of parent management training on children of incarcerated parents.

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Three Generational Study (3GS)

Principal Investigator: Deborah Capaldi, Ph.D.

A study of the parenting practices of the young parents, and the association of the father’s parenting style to that of his own parents; and examination of child characteristics such as temperament, attachment, behavior problems and cognitive ability.

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Translational Drug Abuse Prevention (TDAP)

Principal Investigator: Patricia Chamberlain, Ph.D.

The TDAP will focus on broadening our understanding of underlying mechanisms that contribute to healthy development and testing practical interventions and implementation strategies to improve outcomes for children and families involved in U.S. child welfare systems.

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Women’s Substance Use and Intimate Partner Violence

Principal Investigator: Alan Feingold, Ph.D.

Domestic violence is the leading cause of injuries to women aged 15-44 years.

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