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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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Couples

Principal Investigator: Deborah Capaldi, Ph.D.

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

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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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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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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 (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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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