Affiliated Scientists

  • Sarah Lindstrom Johnson

    Dr. Lindstrom Johnson is a member of the faculty at the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics. Her research takes a positive youth development approach towards identifying ways to prevent youth involvement in risk behaviors, which focuses on supporting development assets and improving the environments in which youth learn and grow. Much of this work involves partnerships with youth serving organizations such as schools, primary care clinics, and community organizations. She has a particular interest in understanding and mitigating the consequences of exposure to and involvement in violence. Due to her training in public health, Dr. Lindstrom Johnson focuses on developing solutions that are feasible and sustainable; her work often involves dissemination trials of preventative interventions.

  • Deborah Beidel

    Dr. Beidel is Pegasus Professor of Psychology and Medical Education and Director of UCF RESTORES (Research and Treatment on Response to Extreme Stressors) at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Beidel holds Diplomates in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. She is the 1990 recipient of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy's New Researcher Award, the 1995 recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award from the Association of Medical School Psychologists, and the 2007 recipient of the Samuel M. Turner Clinical Researcher Award from the American Psychological Association. She is an expert on the treatment of anxiety disorders, and her recent work focuses on utilizing technology to translate and disseminate efficacious treatments for anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder into standard clinical practice.

  • Anthony Biglan

    Dr. Biglan is a Senior Scientist at Oregon Research Institute. He has conducted numerous experimental evaluations of interventions to prevent tobacco use through school-based and community-wide interventions. He has also evaluated interventions to prevent high-risk sexual behavior, antisocial behavior, and reading failure. His recent review of preventive interventions concluded that diverse psychological, behavioral, and health problems can be prevented through the promotion of nurturing families, schools, and communities. His book The Nurture Effect is available from New Harbinger.

  • C. Hendricks Brown

    Dr. Brown directs the NIDA funded Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology (Ce-PIM) for Drug Abuse and Sexual Risk Behavior and an NIMH funded study to synthesize findings from individual-level data across multiple randomized trials for adolescent depression. Recently, his work has focused on the prevention of drug abuse, conduct disorder, and depression, and particularly the prevention of suicide. Brown has been a member of the recent National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine committee on prevention science, and serves on numerous federal panels, advisory boards, and editorial boards.

  • Patricia Chamberlain, Oregon Social Learning Center

    Dr. Chamberlain founded the Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care and KEEP intervention models. She has been the Principal Investigator on 8 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.

  • Max Crowley, Duke University

    Dr. Crowley is a prevention scientist and health policy researcher studying how to effectively and efficiently protect children and prevent risky health behaviors. Currently, Dr. Crowley is a National Institutes of Health research fellow at Duke University and a research fellow with the National Bureau of Economic Research (Crime).  He also co-chairs the Society for Prevention Research’s Task-force on Economic Analyses of Prevention. His work involves (1) strengthening economic evaluations of behavioral health prevention programs, (2) facilitating evidence-based policy-making through strategic investment portfolios of preventive services, and (3) evaluating the utility of performance-based public-private partnerships to access new resources for improving health.

  • Danielle Dick, Virginia Commonwealth University

    Dr. Dick is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Human and Molecular Genetics at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research interests involve studying how genetic predispositions interact with environmental factors to contribute to patterns of substance use/dependence and related behavioral disorders across development. Dr. Dick currently runs an interdisciplinary effort to promote behavioral health in college populations through the integration of basic research, prevention and intervention, and education and outreach.  She leads the Spit for Science project, a university-wide research opportunity focused on understanding how individual predispositions and environmental factors come together to impact substance use and mental health among college students. Findings from the project are used to feedback into prevention and intervention efforts surrounding substance use and mental health at the university, and to inform university policy and programming to promote student success and retention.

  • Kit Elam

    Kit is an NIMH T32 post-doctoral fellow at the ASU REACH Institute. The goal of his research program is to identify modifiable family processes within developmental cascades that contribute to poor socio-emotional, behavioral, and health outcomes across childhood and adolescence. Within this framework, Kit’s research examines the interplay between children’s genetic risk and negative family processes that contributes to psychopathology later in life, with particular emphasis on genotype-environment correlations. By using innovative genetic designs, his research (1) examines the role that children’s genetic risk may play in evoking stressful early life experiences including negative parenting behavior and (2) is able to detect early family environmental influences (e.g., hostile parenting, interparental conflict) on children’s psychopathology absent of common genetic influences, which can inflate estimates of parent-child associations. This approach confirms findings of past research and offers new insight into stressful family processes early in life that are amenable to preventive interventions in an effort to disrupt harmful developmental cascades. 

  • Marion Forgatch, Oregon Social Learning Center and Implementation Sciences International Inc.

    Dr. Forgatch is Senior Scientist Emerita at the Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC), where she developed and tested programs for families with children at-risk or referred for child adjustment problems and substance abuse. In 2001, Dr. Forgatch founded Implementation Sciences International Inc. (ISII), a non-profit affiliate of OSLC, to conduct implementation projects based on Parent Management Training, the Oregon Model (PMTO®), a set of evidence-based programs developed and tested by the OSLC group. At ISII she serves as Executive Director and Director of Research. She and her team conduct large-scale implementations for systems providing services to families in child mental health and child welfare. Implementations include nationwide programs (Norway, Iceland, The Netherlands, Denmark), statewide programs (Michigan, Kansas), and citywide programs (New York City, Detroit, Mexico City). Since 2000, Dr. Forgatch and her team have adapted and applied the Parenting through Change (PTC) program for use with diverse populations, including Spanish-speaking Latinos, mothers living in shelters to escape homelessness or violence, parents whose children have been removed for reasons of abuse/neglect, and most recently for national guardsmen and women reintegrating home following service in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

  • Carlos Gallo, Northwestern University

    Dr. Gallo is interested in developing automated methods for facilitating the implementation of evidence-based programs. He applies his expertise in computational linguistics, bilingualism, and machine learning for measuring fidelity in parent training prevention interventions. Dr. Gallo is a Research Assistant Professor at the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University. He obtained a Ph.D. in Computational Psycholinguistics from University of Rochester followed by postdoctoral studies at Harvard University and University of Miami. 

  • Frances Gardner, University of Oxford

    Dr. Gardner is Professor of Child and Family Psychology in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention and Fellow of Wolfson College. She is Director of the graduate program in Evidence-Based Social Intervention & Policy Evaluation at Oxford and co-Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention. Her research focuses on parenting and antisocial behavior, as well as risk and resilience in young people’s mental health. She conducts randomized trials of community-based parenting programs in the UK, US, and South Africa, and systematic reviews investigating questions about effectiveness of parenting interventions for families and children with different clinical and social characteristics, their mechanisms of change, and transportability across countries and cultures. She serves on the Board of ‘Blueprints for Violence Prevention’, and the Society for Prevention Research's task force on 'Standards of Evidence'.

  • Anne Gill

    Dr. Gill is a Research Associate at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a clinical supervisor and workshop facilitator for the Family Check-Up, an evidence-based prevention model for preventing child problem behavior. Trained as a family therapist, she places great value on serving high-risk families and underserved populations and strives to provide high-quality, accessible, respectful, and culturally sensitive services to families and children. Dr. Gill has served as a clinician, trainer, and implementer of the Family Check-Up and the Everyday Parenting Curriculum and enjoys supervising clinicians new to the model. Over the past decade, Dr. Gill has co-authored numerous articles, and contributed to the development of intervention manuals, web-based curriculum, and training curriculum for the Family Check-Up.

  • Thao Ha

    Dr. Ha is an Assistant Research Professor in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. Using a developmental psychopathology framework, she investigates how partner choices, relationship dynamics, and break-ups relate to adolescents’ well-being over time.  The goal of this research is to better understand why some adolescents are highly vulnerable to their relationship experiences. Dr. Ha incorporates a variety of methods in this research, such as observations of adolescent couples’ interactions, dual EEG measurements, twice-weekly diaries, and physical and hormonal stress methodologies.

  • Leslie Leve, University of Oregon

    Dr. Leve is a Professor of Counseling Psychology and Human Services and the Associate Director of the Prevention Science Institute at the University of Oregon. Her work is focused on preventive interventions for at-risk youth, the interplay between heritable characteristics and the social environment, and the integration of prevention research and genetic research. She has over 100 publications in the area of child development and family well-being. Dr. Leve currently serves as Principal Investigator on several grants from the National Institutes of Health that focus on developmental pathways and intervention outcomes for at-risk youth and families. This includes intervention studies with youth in foster care and with adolescents in the juvenile justice system aimed at preventing risk behaviors and improving public health outcomes, and adoption studies that examine the interplay between biological (genetic, hormonal), psychological, and social influences on child development. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Society for Prevention Research and received their Prevention Science award in 2011.

  • Velma McBride Murry, Vanderbilt University

    Dr. McBride Murry is the Lois Autrey Betts Chair in Education and Human Development and Professor, Human and Organizational Development in Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. Her work has focused on the significance of context in studies of African-American families and youth, particularly the impact of racism on family functioning. Dr. McBride Murry served as principal investigator of The Strong African American Families Program (SAAF: R01 MH063043), a RCT prevention trial designed to deter HIV-related risk behavior among rural African American youth. Dr. McBride Murry then conducted a RCT to determine the efficacy and viability of a technology-driven, interactive family-based, youth risk preventive intervention, The Pathways for African American Success Program (PAAS), as a delivery modality for rural families (2R01 MH063043).

  • Kevin Moore

    Dr. Moore is an Intervention Scientist, Research Associate at the Child and Family Center, Prevention Science Institute, University of Oregon. He has 30 years of experience in researching, implementing and consulting on evidence and principle-based treatments across educational, mental health, social welfare, residential, and juvenile justice settings. He has also helped develop methodological and analytic techniques for the study of naturally occurring clinical events in the psychological and medical treatments of children. Recently, he has focused his professional work on the development of low response cost clinical screening and monitoring tools and the implementation and scaling-up of the Family Check-Up intervention in naturally occurring community-based service settings and via Web-based learning platforms.

  • Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, University of California – Los Angeles

    Dr. Rotheram-Borus has spent the past 20 years developing, evaluating, and disseminating evidence-based interventions for children and families. She has worked extensively with adolescents, especially those at risk for substance abuse, HIV, homelessness, depression, suicide, and long-term unemployment. Dr. Rotheram-Borus has directed and implemented several landmark intervention studies that have demonstrated the benefits of providing behavior change programs and support to families in risky situations. Currently, Dr. Rotheram-Borus has ongoing projects in Uganda, China, and South Africa, as well as the United States.

  • John Seeley

    Dr. Seeley is a Senior Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute. His areas of special interest include (a) emotional and behavioral disorders in youth, (b) behavioral health intervention, (c) research design and program evaluation, and (d) health-related technology. Since 1986 he has served ORI as a research programmer, data analyst, project manager, co-investigator, and principal investigator on over 45 National Institutes of Health, Department of Education, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration research grants regarding the epidemiology, etiology, treatment, and prevention of depression and behavioral disorders.

  • Daniel Shaw, University of Pittsburgh

    Dr. Shaw studies the development and prevention of early child conduct and emotional problems, family-centered interventions for treating conduct problems in early childhood and adolescence, community platforms for implementing preventive interventions in early childhood, and the identification of gene x environment interactions in relation to brain function and child psychopathology.

  • Melvin Wilson, University of Virginia

    Dr. Wilson's work focuses on understanding contextual processes and outcomes and conducting parental interventions in low-income, ethnic minority families. Specifically, he has conducted analyses on young, low-income, unwed, and nonresident fathers and their involvement with their children. In addition, he is interested in developing intervention protocols aimed at helping young men meet family responsibilities and involvements. Currently, Dr. Wilson is conducting a preventive intervention involving low-income families with toddlers at-risk for conduct disorder.

  • Olga Kornienko

    Dr. Kornienko is an Assistant Professor of Applied Developmental Psychology at George Mason University. Her research focuses on understanding how peer networks promote and constrain psychological adaptation, development, and health across the lifespan, and particularly during adolescence. She approaches her research from an interdisciplinary perspective drawing on theories and methods from developmental and social psychology, network science, and psychoneuroendocrinology. Dr. Kornienko uses multimethod tools including longitudinal assessment, social network analysis, self- and peer reports, and salivary hormones related to stress and social status. Her research program seeks to (1) inform strategies and tactics for mitigating negative and leveraging salubrious peer influence in social groups and (2) use this research to promote positive development and health. Her research has been funded by National Institute of Health.

  • Sarah Jones

    Dr. Jones is the Executive Director and Director of Technology Innovation for the ASU REACH Institute. Over the past 18 years, her work has focused on revising, evaluating, and disseminating the New Beginnings Program and other prevention programs for children who have experienced stressful life events. Formerly the Project Director of the New Beginnings Program, Jones also served as Assistant Director of the Prevention Research Center before it was re-established in 2014 as the REACH Institute. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Arizona State University.

  • Roy Otten

    Dr. Otten is affiliated as a fellow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). He has been studying the development of child psychopathology over the last ten years with an emphasis on adolescent and young adult substance use. Specifically, he concentrates on the role of parents and peers, life events, different individual factors (e.g., personality, self-regulation), and genetics. In his research he incorporates a variety of methods such as experiments, ecological momentary assessments, and longitudinal data analysis. He has also been involved in several randomized controlled trials.

  • Dustin Pardini

    Dr. Pardini is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and an Affiliate Faculty member in the Department of Psychology at ASU. His overarching program of research involves elucidating the precursors and outcomes associated with antisocial and substance use behaviors from childhood to adulthood, as well as evaluating the impact that psychosocial interventions can have on these behaviors. Much of this work has focused on a particularly violent subgroup of youth who exhibit features of adult psychopathy, including a lack of guilt/remorse, low empathetic conern for others, and shallow effect. More recently, Dr. Pardini has begun using functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging to examine the neurobiological underpinnings of persistent antisocial behavior in children and adults.

  • Jonathan Pettigrew

    Dr. Pettigrew is faculty in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication. His work collaborates across disciplines and methodologies to promote adolescent development. He has led research that includes studying social processes surrounding adolescents, including family and peer relationships, developing culturally appropriate intervention materials, studying intervention adaptation and delivery, and analyzing health outcomes. He has worked on NIH-funded projects and served as Principal Investigator on a project funded by the Department of State to reduce substance use and violence among youth in Nicaragua.

  • Hanna Rosbergen

    Hanna Rosbergen (MSc.) is a licensed psychologist with the most advanced clinical degree in Clinical Psychology (specialist) / psychotherapist. She has been diagnosing and counseling children, adolescents and their families in the field of child- and adolescent psychiatry for 10 years. Parent training, individual psychotherapy as well as family therapy are part of her expertise. She has always combined her clinical work with scientific research. She was involved in several research projects in the clinical field and a lecturer at the Radboud University in Nijmegen (The Netherlands). She recently started working on the implementation of the Family Check-Up intervention and the Everyday Parenting intervention.