Preschool-aged foster children are at high risk for numerous negative outcomes, and these risks are heightened for children who experience foster placement disruptions. However, there is very limited use of evidence-based interventions for young children in the child welfare system. The KEEP-P study, led by Phil Fisher, conducted a randomized clinical trial of a new, low-cost, manualized, group-based intervention for foster preschoolers and their caregivers. Foster/kinship caregivers attended 16 weekly support group sessions. Some participating families also completed a 10-week video coaching program designed to reinforce and strengthen the naturally occurring supportive interactions seen between young children and their caregivers. The goal was improved parenting, reduced rates of disrupted placements, and improved child outcomes.Year Project Began: 2013
Funder: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Philip Fisher, Ph.D.
Oregon Social Learning Center
Primary Research and Clinical Interests
Dr. Fisher obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He is a Senior Scientist at the Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC) and the Center for Research to Practice, both in Eugene, Oregon as well as a Professor of Psychology (clinical) at the University of Oregon. He is also Science Director for the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs and a Senior Fellow at the Center on the Developing Child, both based at Harvard University. Dr. Fisher’s work on children in foster care and the child welfare system includes (a) basic research characterizing the effects of early stress on neurobiological systems such as the HPA axis and areas of the prefrontal cortex involved in executive functioning; (b) the development of preventive interventions, including the Treatment Foster Care of Oregon Program for Preschoolers (TFCO-P) and the Kids in Transition to School Program (KITS); and (c) the dissemination of evidence-based practice in community settings. His work has been funded by a number of institutes of the National Institutes of Health, including NIDA, NIMH, and NICHD. He serves on a number of national advisory groups related to prevention science and community based research. His intervention programs are being implemented at sites throughout the United States and Europe.