David S. DeGarmo, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow Scientist
Oregon Social Learning Center

Primary Research and Clinical Interests

Dr. DeGarmo has conducted programmatic research on family stress and social learning models of parent and child adjustment to negative life events and socially disadvantaged environments. A major focus of his work has been on evaluation of parent training for families at risk for compromised parenting including divorced and remarried families, families in supportive housing, biological and foster parents in the child welfare system, and deployed and post-deployed military families. Recently, he has focused on the independent and interactive effects of fathering. DeGarmo has published over 65 papers, and over 20 efficacy and effectiveness evaluations including work on implementation process and fidelity, mediation and moderation in the context of RCTs and multilevel samples. DeGarmo has methodological expertise in structural equation modeling, multilevel modeling, and linear and nonlinear trajectory analyses. DeGarmo serves on the editorial board of Parenting Science and Practice and Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology and is a standing member of the Social and Behavioral panel of the Institute of Education Sciences.

Selected Publications

  • DeGarmo, D. S., Reid, J. B., Fetrow, B. A., Fisher, P. A., & Antoine, K. D. (2013). Maternal substance use and efficacy: The Pathways Home foster care reunification intervention. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 22, 388-406.

  • DeGarmo, D. S., Nordahl, K. B., & Fabiano, G. A. (2016). Fathers and coercion dynamics in families: Developmental impact, implications, and intervention. In T. J. Dishion & J. J. Snyder (Eds.), Oxford handbook of coercive relationship dynamics (pp. 114-128). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199324552.013.9

  • DeGarmo, D. S., & Forgatch, M. S. (2012). A confidant support and problem solving model of divorced fathers’ parenting. American Journal of Community Psychology, 49, 258-269.

  • Leve, L. D., DeGarmo, D. S., Bridgett, D. J., Neiderhiser, J. M., Shaw, D. J., Harold, G. T., Natsuaki, M., & Reiss, D. (2013). Using an adoption design to separate genetic, prenatal, and temperament influences on toddler executive function. Developmental Psychology, 49, 1045-1057.

  • Lester, B. M., Lin, H., DeGarmo, D. S., Fisher, P. A., LaGasse, L. L., Levine, T. P., Shankaran, S., Bada, H. S., Bauer, C. R., Hammond, J. A., Whitaker, T, M., & Higgins, R. D. (2012). Neurobehavioral disinhibition predicts initiation of substance use in children with prenatal cocaine exposure. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 126, 80-86.

  • Forgatch, M. S., & DeGarmo, D. S. (2011). Sustaining fidelity following the nationwide PMTO Implementation in Norway. Prevention Science, 12, 235-246.

  • Gewirtz, A. H., DeGarmo, D. S., & Madhanie, A. (2011). Effects of mother’s parenting practices on child internalizing trajectories following partner violence. Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 29-38.

  • DeGarmo, D. S. (2010). A time varying evaluation of identity theory and father involvement for full custody, shared custody, and no custody divorced fathers. Fathering, 8(2), 181-202.

  • DeGarmo, D. S. (2010). Coercive and prosocial fathering, antisocial personality, and growth in children’s post-divorce noncompliance. Child Development, 81, 503-516.

  • DeGarmo, D. S., Reid, J. B., Leve, L. D., Chamberlain, P., & Knutson, J. F. (2010). Patterns and predictors of growth in divorced fathers’ health status and substance use. American Journal of Men’s Health, 4(1), 60-70.

Recent Publications

  • Sigmarsdóttir, M., Thorlacius, Ö., Guðmundsdóttir, E. V., & DeGarmo, D. S. (2015). Treatment effectiveness of PMTO for children’s behavior problems in Iceland: Child outcomes in a nationwide randomized controlled trial. Family Process, 54, 498-517. doi: 10.1111/famp.12109.

  • Kerr, D. C. R., Gibson, B., Leve, L. D., & DeGarmo, D. S. (2014). Young adult follow-up of adolescent girls in juvenile justice using the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior , 44, 113-129. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12072

  • Conradt, E., DeGarmo, D. S., Fisher, P. A., Abar, B., Lester, B. M., Lagasse, L. L., Shankararr, S., Bada, H., Bauer, C. R., Whitaker, T. M. & Hammond, J. A. (2014). The contributions of early adverse experiences and trajectories of respiratory sinus arrhythmia on the development of neurobehavioral disinhibition among children with prenatal substance exposure. Development and Psychopathology, 26, 901-916.

  • Kerr, D. C. R., DeGarmo, D. S., Leve, L. D., & Chamberlain, P. (2014).  Juvenile justice girls’ depressive symptoms and suicidal ideation nine years after Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 82(4), 684-93. doi: 10.1037/a0036521