Scientist NameMarion S. Forgatch, Ph.D.

Research Scientist (Emeritus)
Oregon Social Learning Center

Subcontract 1R01DA030114 (Gewirtz) (NIH, NIDA U.S. PHS)                

• Implementing Parent Management Training in Norway (PI, Norwegian Center for Studies on Behavioral Problems and Innovative Practices)
• Oregon Divorced Fathers Study (Co-I, NICHD)

Marion S. ForgatchPrimary research and clinical interests

Marion S. Forgatch, PhD, Senior Scientist Emerita, spent much of her career working with the group that eventually became OSLC. She developed and tested programs for families whose children are at-risk for substance abuse and adjustment problems. Her program Parenting through Change (PTC) is recognized as an "Effective Program" in the National Registry of Effective Programs and Practices (NREPP). For the past 10 years, Dr. Forgatch and her team have adapted and applied PTC for use with diverse populations, including non-English speaking Latinos, mothers living in shelters to escape homelessness or violence, parents with severely emotionally disturbed children, and parents whose children have been removed for reasons of abuse/neglect. Currently the program is being adapted for soldiers reintegrating home following service in the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. She and her team have conducted several large-scale implementation projects including: PMTO statewide in Michigan in Community Mental Health (CMH) Centers for severely emotionally disturbed children; PMTO nationwide in Norway, Iceland, the Netherlands, and PMTO in CMH and Juvenile Justice Centers in Detroit-Wayne County in Michigan. An additional focus for Dr. Forgatch’s work includes the development and application of direct observation measures of family interaction to evaluate changes in family process and intervention sessions to evaluate fidelity in implementing the PMTO model. Forgatch has co-authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, audio and video tapes for parents, and two books. She has received two awards from Society of Prevention Research: Friend of the Early Career Prevention Network in 2003 and the Award for International Collaborative Prevention Research in 2008 and is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.


Selected publications

Forgatch, M. S., & DeGarmo, D. S. (1999). Parenting through change: An effective prevention program for single mothers. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 67(5), 711-25. PMID: 10535238

Martinez, C. R., Jr., & Forgatch, M. S. (2001). Preventing problems with boys' noncompliance: Effects of a parent training intervention for divorcing mothers. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 69, 416-428. PMID: 11495171

DeGarmo, D. S., Patterson, G. R., & Forgatch, M. S. (2004). How do outcomes in a specified parent training intervention maintain or wane over time? Prevention Science, 5, 73-89. PMID: 15134313

Forgatch, M. S., DeGarmo, D. S., & Beldavs, Z. (2005). An efficacious theory-based intervention for stepfamilies. Behavior Therapy, 36, 357-365. PMCID: PMC1464401

Forgatch, M. S., Patterson, G. R., & DeGarmo, D. S. (2005). Evaluating fidelity: Predictive validity for a measure of competent adherence to the Oregon model of parent management training (PMTO). Behavior Therapy, 36, 3-13. PMCID: PMC1464400

Ogden, T., Forgatch, M. S., Askeland, E., Patterson, G. R., & Bullock, B. M. (2005). Implementation of parent management training at the national level: The case of Norway. Journal of Social Work Practice, 19, 319-331.

Forgatch, M. S., Patterson, G. R., DeGarmo, D. S., & Beldavs, Z. G. (2009). Testing the Oregon delinquency model with nine-year follow-up of the Oregon Divorce Study. Development and Psychopathology, 21, 637-660. PMID: 19338702

Forgatch, M. S., & Patterson, G. R. (2010). Parent Management Training -- Oregon Model: An intervention for antisocial behavior in children and adolescents. In J. R. Weisz & A. E. Kazdin (Eds.), Evidence-based psychotherapies for children and adolescents (2nd ed., pp. 159-178). New York: Guilford.

Patterson, G. R., Forgatch, M. S., & DeGarmo, D. S. (2010). Cascading effects following intervention. Development & Psychopathology, 22, 949-970. PMCID: PMC2965055

DeGarmo, D. S., & Forgatch, M. S. (2011). A confidant support and problem solving model of divorced fathers' parenting. American Journal of Community Psychology, 49, 258-69. PMCID: PMC3181268

Forgatch, M. S., & DeGarmo, D. S. (2011). Sustaining fidelity following the nationwide PMTO implementation in Norway. Prevention Science, 12, 235-246. PMCID: PMC3153633

Gewirtz, A. H., Erbes, C., Polusny, M. A., Forgatch, M. S., & DeGarmo, D. S. (2011). Helping military families through the deployment process: Strategies to support parenting. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 42, 56-62. PMCID: PMC3155511

Parra Cardona, J. R., Domenech Rodríguez, M. M., Forgatch, M. S., Sullivan, C., Bybee, D., Holtrop, K. et al. (2012). Culturally adapting an evidence-based parenting intervention for Latino immigrants: The Need to integrate fidelity and cultural relevance. Family Process, 51, 56-72. PMID: 22428711 [PubMed - in process]

Wachlarowicz, M., Snyder, J., Low, S., Forgatch, M. S., & DeGarmo, D. S. (2012). The moderating effects of parent antisocial characteristics on the effects of Parent Management Training - Oregon (PMTOTM). Prevention Science, 13, 229-240. PMID: 22274595 [PubMed - in process]

Dishion, T. J., Forgatch, M., Ryzin, M. V., & Winter, C. (in press). The nonlinear dynamics of family problem solving in adolescence: The predictive validity of a peaceful resolution attractor. Journal of Nonlinear Dynamics in Psychology and the Life Sciences.