Sonja K. Schoenwald, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist
Oregon Social Learning Center

Primary Research and Clinical Interests

OSLC is proud to announce that Sonja K. Schoenwald, Ph.D. will join our scientist team as a Senior Research Scientist. Dr. Schoenwald is among the leading clinical services researchers in the country on issues relating to the transportability, implementation, and dissemination of effective community-based treatments for youth with serious clinical problems and their families. She is a highly accomplished and well-known psychologist with over 100 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Schoenwald pioneered the development, refinement, and empirical testing of the quality assurance protocols used to adapt Multisystemic Therapy (MST) for juvenile offenders and their families to diverse communities.

Previously a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina, she has collaborated with several OSLC scientists for over a decade on NIH- and foundation-funded research, and became an OSLC Affiliated Scientist in 2017. Dr. Schoenwald was Co-PI with Dr. Jason E. Chapman of a recently completed NIMH-funded R21 that laid the groundwork for a current R33, on which she is lead investigator. This pair of Supervisor Audit-and-Feedback (SAF) studies aims to measure and improve adherence and competence of clinical supervisors of evidence-based treatment in community practice settings.