Patricia Chamberlain, Ph.D.

Science Director
Oregon Social Learning Center

Active Research Projects

Primary Research and Clinical Interests

Dr. Chamberlain’s interest in developing interventions for children and families emerged from her early work as a special education teacher. She has conducted several studies on treatment for children, youth, and families in the child welfare, juvenile justice, and mental health systems. She founded the Treatment Foster Care Oregon (formerly Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care/MTFC; www.tfcoregon.com) and KEEP (www.keepfostering.org) intervention models. TFCO is an alternative to group, residential, and institutional placement for youngsters with severe antisocial behavior and mental health problems. KEEP provides enhanced support and training to state foster and kinship parents to prevent placement disruptions, improve reunification rates, and reduce child behavioral and emotional problems. TFCO and KEEP are being widely implemented throughout the United States and in Europe (see www.tfcoregon.com and keepfostering.org). She has been the Principal Investigator on 9 randomized trials examining the efficacy of parent mediated intervention approaches. A current area of focus is on implementation research which examines what it takes to integrate and scale-up evidence-based practices in to real world agencies and systems. Most recently, she led an effort to implement linked evidence-based practices, including KEEP and PMT, in the New York City child welfare system involving over 300 case workers and supervisors serving over 2,000 children and families (CSNYC). Currently, she is leading an effort to implement KEEP and R3 in 10 Tennessee counties as part of In Home Tennessee, their Title IVE waiver program. Other recent work has also focused on the development of intervention models for adolescent girls in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. In addition to working on research aimed at improving outcomes for youth and foster and biological families, she is interested in how to support child public service systems to improve the efficiency of their routine practices. She is currently involved in helping communities in the U.S. and Europe implement and scale up evidence-based interventions. Dr. Chamberlain is a senior fellow at the Society for Prevention Research (SPR), and was inducted into the first cohort SPR Fellows in 2013.

Selected Publications

  • 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

  • Lewis, K., & Chamberlain, P. (2012). What works in treatment foster care. In P. A. Curtis (Ed.), What works in Child Welfare. Washington, DC: CWLA Press.

  • Rhoades, K. A., Chamberlain, P., Roberts, R., & Leve, L. D. (2013). MTFC for high risk adolescent girls: A comparison of outcomes in England and the US. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 22, 435-449.

  • 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.

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.

  • Chamberlain, P. (2017). Toward creating synergy among policy, procedures, and implementation of evidence-based models in child welfare systems: Two case examples. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 20, 78-86. doi:10.1007/s10567-017-0226-5

  • Buchanan, R., Chamberlain, P., & Smith, D. K. (2017). Treatment Foster Care Oregon for Adolescents: Research and implementation. In J. R. Weisz & A. E. Kazdin (Eds.), Evidence-based psychotherapies for children and adolescents (3rd ed., pp. 177-198). New York: Guilford Press.

  • 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

  • Rhoades, K. A., Leve, L. D., Eddy, J. M., & Chamberlain, P. (2016). Predicting the transition from juvenile delinquency to adult criminality: Gender specific influences in two high-risk samples. Criminal Behavior and Mental Health 26, 336-351. doi: 10.1002/cbm.1957