Bowen McBeath, Ph.D.

Affiliated Scientist
Oregon Social Learning Center

Primary Research and Clinical Interests

Dr. McBeath is a Professor in the School of Social Work and Hatfield School of Government (Division of Public Administration) at Portland State University. He is interested in organizational factors informing the development, translation, and diffusion of youth-centered and culturally informed evidence-based practices for child welfare populations. One current line of investigation concerns the development, testing, and implementation of interventions promoting sibling and peer relationship development for youth in foster care. Another area of research involves the institutional and organizational factors informing the implementation and diffusion of evidence-based practices and evidence-informed practice at the frontline and managerial levels. His research has been supported by NIH institutes including NICHD, NIDA, and NIMH as well as the W.T. Grant Foundation, among others. He has received many national awards and honors for his scholarship and research, and has served on the boards of national social work scientific organizations. He received his MSW and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Recent Publications

Kothari, B.H., McBeath, B., Bank, L., Sorenson, P., Waid, J., & Webb, S.J.
(In press). Validation of a measure of foster home integration for foster
youth. *Research on Social Work Practice.*

Mowbray, O., McBeath, B., & Bank, L. (2016). Trajectories of health and
behavioral health service use over time among community corrections
involved rural adults.  Social Work Research, 40, 7-18.

Waid, J., Kothari, B.H., Bank, L., & McBeath, B. (2016). Foster care
placement change: The role of family dynamics and household
composition. Children and Youth Services Review, 68, 44-50.

Lee, J., Bank, L., Cause, A., McBeath, B., & Newell, S. (2015). A
comparative study of White, Asian American, and other non-White men and
women under community supervision.  American Journal of Criminal Justice,
40, 823-842.

McBeath, B., & Austin, M.J. (2015). The organizational context of
research-minded practitioners: Challenges and opportunities.  Research on
Social Work Practice, 25, 446-459.

McBeath, B., Pérez Jolles, M., Carnochan, S., & Austin, M.J. (2015).
Organizational and individual determinants of evidence use by managers in
public human service organizations. Human Service Organizations:
Management, Leadership, & Governance, 39, 267-289.

Kothari, B., McBeath, B., Lamson-Siu, E., Webb, S.J., Sorenson, P., Bowen,
H., Waid, J., & Bank, L. (2014). Development and feasibility of a sibling
intervention for youth in foster care.  Evaluation and Program Planning,
47, 91-99.

McBeath, B., Kothari, B., Blakeslee, J., Lamson-Siu, E., Bank, L., Linares,
L.O., Waid, J., Sorenson, P., Jimenez, J., Pearson, E., & Shlonsky, A.
(2014). Intervening to improve outcomes for siblings in foster care:
Conceptual, substantive, and methodological dimensions of a prevention
science framework. Children and Youth Services Review, 39, 1-10.