Lisa Saldana, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist
Oregon Social Learning Center

Active Research Projects

Primary Research and Clinical Interests

Lisa joined OSLC in 2007. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2003 with a research and clinical emphasis in child maltreatment and evidence-based practice. She has been active in the development, evaluation, and implementation of evidence-based practices, with a particular emphasis in services for child welfare populations.

Lisa is currently the PI on the Stages of Implementation Completion for Evidence-Based Practice, an NIMH-funded R01 that examines the successful implementation of interventions in community settings. She is also working on NIH-funded research grants focusing on the economic evaluation of EBPs and is a Co-Investigator on the NIDA-funded Translational Drug Abuse Prevention Center at OSLC. Lisa is a Co-Investigator on a large real-world implementation of two linked EBPs in a large multi-site child welfare system. She is the developer of the Stages of Implementation Completion (SIC) and Cost of Implementing New Strategies (COINS) implementation tools. Recently, in collaboration with OSLC colleague Patti Chamberlain, Lisa has helped to develop the R3 practice model focused on maximizing the quality of positive relationships between caseworkers and families involved in the child welfare system.

She received funding from ACYF to conduct an efficacy evaluation of the FAIR model, an integrative treatment for maternal substance abuse and child neglect which she developed using a NIDA-funded Career Development award. The Families Actively Improving Relationships (FAIR) model integrates evidence-based techniques targeting three key components: treatment of parenting deficits, substance use, and mental health symptoms as well as their correlated contextual problems such as housing and employment. Families referred to FAIR receive services in their natural environments (e.g., home, school, court) and receive incentives that are related to healthy households for meeting individualized treatment goals. A dynamic wait-list design is being utilized to evaluate services being delivered in a  Medicaid environment to families referred through the child welfare system.

Previously, Lisa was a Co-Investigator on a large-scale trial evaluating “what it takes” to implement an evidence-based practice (TFCO) for youth in foster care in communities with barriers to implementation. Lisa also collaborated on a trial evaluating the dissemination of the KEEP foster parent training group to prevent placement disruptions in foster children.


Selected Publications

  • Saldana, L. (2015). An integrated intervention to address the comorbid needs of families referred to child welfare for substance abuse and child neglect: FAIR pilot outcomes. Child Welfare Journal, 94(5), 167-168.

  • Saldana, L. (2014). The stages of implementation completion for evidence-based practice: Protocol for a mixed methods study. Implementation Science, 9, 43.

  • Chamberlain, P., & Saldana, L. (2014). Practice-research partnerships that scale-up, attain fidelity, and sustain evidence-based practices. In P. C. Kendall & R. S. Beidas (Eds). Dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices in child and adolescent mental health (pp. 127-142). New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Saldana, L., Chamberlain, P., Bradford, W. D., Campbell, M., & Landsverk, J. (2014). The Cost of Implementing New Strategies (COINS): A method for mapping implementation resources using the stages of implementation completion. Children and Youth Services Review, 39, 177-182.

  • Holmes, L., Landsverk, J., Ward, H., Rolls-Reutz, J., Saldana, L., Wulczyn, F., & Chamberlain, P. (2014). Cost calculator methods for estimating casework time in child welfare services: A promising approach for use in implementation of evidence-based practices and other service innovations. Children and Youth Services Review, 39, 169-176.

  • Saldana, L., Smith, D. K., & Weber, E. (2013). Adolescent onset of maternal substance abuse: Descriptive findings from a feasibility trial. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 22, 407-422.

  • Chamberlain, P., Saldana, L., Brown, H., & Leve, L. D. (2010). Implementation of multidimensional treatment foster care in California: A randomized control trial of an evidence-based practice. In M. Roberts-DeGennaro & S. J. Fogel (Eds.), Using evidence to inform practice for community and organizational change (pp. 218-234). Chicago: Lyceum.

  • Smith, D. K., & Saldana, L. (2013). Trauma, delinquency, and substance use: Co-occurring problems for adolescent girls in the juvenile justice system. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 22, 459-465.

  • Saldana, L., & Chamberlain, P. (2012). Supporting implementation: The role of Community Development Teams to build infrastructure. American Journal of Community Psychology, 50(3-4), 334-346.

  • Chamberlain, P., & Brown, C. H., & Saldana, L. (2011). Observational measure of implementation progress: The Stages of Implementation Completion (SIC). Implementation Science, 6, 116.

  • Saldana, L., Chamberlain, P., Wang, W., & Brown, H. (2012). Predicting program start-up using the stages of implementation measure. Administration and Policy in Mental Health Research, 39, 419-425.

  • Chamberlain, P., Snowden, L. R., Padgett, C., Saldana, L., Roles, J., Holmes, L., Ward, H., Soper, J., Reid, J., & Landsverk, J. (2010). A strategy for assessing the costs of implementing new practices in the child welfare system: Adapting the English Cost Calculator in the United States. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Review, 38, 24-31.

  • Wang, W., Saldana, L., Brown, C. H., & Chamberlain, P. (2010). Factors that influenced county system leaders to implement an evidence-based program: A baseline survey within a randomized controlled trial. Implementation Science, 5, 72.

  • Saldana, L. (2009). Substance abuse and child neglect: A continued call for evidence-based practice. Section on Child Maltreatment Newsletter, Division 37, American Psychological Association. Fall 2009.

  • Letourneau, E. J, Henggeler, S. W., Borduin, C. M., McCart, M., Chapman J. E., Schewe, P. E., & Saldana, L. (2009). Multisystemic Therapy for juvenile sexual offenders: 1-year results from a randomized effectiveness trial. Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 88-102.

  • Schoenwald, S.K., Heiblum, N., Saldana, L., & Henggeler, S.W. (2008). The international implementation of multisystemic therapy. Evaluation and the Health Professions, Special Issue, International Translation of Health Behavior Research Innovations, Part I, 31(2), 211-225.

  • Saldana, L., & Henggeler, S. W. (2008). Improving outcomes and transporting evidence-based treatments for youth and families with serious clinical problems. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 17(3), 1-10.

  • Schaeffer, C. M., Saldana, L., Rowland, M. D., Henggeler, S. W., & Swenson, C. C. (2008). New initiatives in improving youth and family outcomes by importing evidence-based practices. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse 17(3), 27-45.

  • Chamberlain, P., Brown, C. H., Saldana, L., Reid, J., Wang, W., Marsenich, L., Sosna, T., Padgett, C., & Bouwman, G. (2008). Engaging and recruiting counties in an experiment on implementing evidence-based practice in California. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Research, 35(4), 250-260.

  • Saldana, L., Chapman, J. E., Henggeler, S. W., & Rowland, M. D. (2007). Organizational readiness for change in adolescent programs: Criterion validity. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment,33, 159-169.

Recent Publications

  • Landsverk, J., Brown, C. H., Smith, J. D., Chamberlain, P., Curran, G. M., Palinkas, L., Ogihara, M., Czaja, S., Goldhaber-Fiebert, J., Vermeer, W., Saldana, L., Rolls Reutz, J., & Horwitz, S. M. (in press). Design and analysis in dissemination and implementation research. In R. C. Brownson, G. A. Colditz, & E. K. Proctor (Eds.), Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science to Practice (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Nadeem, E., Saldana, L., Chapman, J., & Schaper, H. (2018). A mixed methods study of the stages of implementation for an evidence-based trauma intervention in schools. Journal of Behavior Therapy. Online first. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2017.12.004

  • Palinkas, L. A., Saldana, L., Chou, C., & Chamberlain, P. (2017). Use of research evidence and implementation of evidence-based practices in youth-serving systems. Children and Youth Services Review, 83, 242-247.

  • Chamberlain, P., Feldman, S. W., Wulczyn, F., Saldana, L., & Forgatch, M. (2016). Implementation and evaluation of linked parenting models in a large urban child welfare system. Child Abuse & Neglect, 53, 27-39. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.09.013

  • Saldana, L., Chamberlain, P., & Chapman, J. E. (2016). A supervisor-targeted implementation approach to promote system change: The R3 Model. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 43, 879–892. doi: 10.1007/s10488-016-0730-9