Students with Involved Families and Teachers (SWIFT)

Based on Research Conducted at OSLC

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

Project Overview

The SWIFT Project was a development project for an intervention to support student transitions from day-treatment school settings to public school settings. The SWIFT Project includes (1) skills coaching for students; (2) parent support to promote homework completion in the home and engagement with the school; (3) behavioral progress monitoring; and (4) case management of the intervention elements and coordination with the new school as the student transitions. These supports are initiated when the student is in the treatment setting and follow them for several months as they transition to their new school. The SWIFT Project is currently being implemented in the OSLC Developments, Inc. (ODI) Clinic.


Year Project Began: 2011
Funder: Institute on Education Sciences

Principal Investigator

Rohanna Buchanan, Ph.D.

Research Scientist
Oregon Social Learning Center

Active Research Projects

Primary Research and Clinical Interests

Dr. Buchanan has been with OSLC since 2000. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. Dr. Buchanan’s research focuses on the inclusion of families and behavioral data to support youth in school, particularly during difficult transitions. Her current research project, funded through the Institute of Education Sciences, is in collaboration with the Lane Education Service District to develop and study supports for students transitioning from treatment settings to public school settings. She is also conducting a pilot of such supports for children transitioning from foster care to permanency through the NIDA funded Translational Drug Abuse Prevention Center. She also works with Dr. Chamberlain on the dissemination of the KEEP intervention and is a Co-Investigator on Chamberlain’s NIDA funded LINKS project. Dr. Buchanan’s other research interests include measurement of implementation fidelity, instrument development to measure responsiveness to behavioral interventions, and measure psychometrics. Prior to receiving her Ph.D., Buchanan served as a clinician on the GIRLS project with OSLC and helped to develop girl-specific adaptations for the Treatment Foster Care Oregon model and teen-specific adaptations for KEEP.

Q&A with Rohanna Buchanan

What are you working on right now?
My current project is Students with Involved Families and Teachers, or SWIFT. Our team provides supports for students, their families, and their teachers during difficult school transitions.

What’s your favorite thing/what do you like best about the current project?
One of my favorite things about the SWIFT project is that our team gets to help students and families problem solve ways that students can be successful in schools. Another one of my favorite things is that I have the opportunity to work with so many teachers in our community – I appreciate their commitment to teaching and supporting the diverse needs of students.

What do you like best about working at OSLC?
The thing I like best about working at OSLC is the emphasis on collaboration. Our scientists collaborate with each other, with scientists from other institutions in the United States and abroad, and we collaborate with a range of community agencies providing support and services to children and families.