Lisa Saldana, PhD

Lisa Saldana has a doctorate in clinical psychology with a research and clinical emphasis in child welfare populations and evidence-based practice. She focuses on the development, evaluation, and implementation of evidence-based practices, with a particular emphasis on services for child welfare populations.

Lisa currently is the PI of a number of federally funded projects related to implementation in child serving systems. She is the primary developer of the R3 Supervisor Strategy, a workforce practice model aimed at improving interactions between families and the system they are working with, and in turn improving the relationships and subsequent family and system-level outcomes. R3 aims to ensure that evidence-based strategies are utilized in every interaction between families and systems. Lisa is the PI of a real-world evaluation of the implementation of R3 in four regions in the Tennessee child welfare system.

Lisa also is the developer of the Families Actively Improving Relationships (FAIR) model, an integrative intervention for families referred to the child welfare system for parental substance abuse. She currently is conducting an efficacy trial of FAIR when delivered under a Medicaid billable environment. FAIR integrates evidence-based techniques targeting four key treatment components including parental substance use, maladaptive parenting, and mental health symptoms as well as their correlated contextual problems such as housing and employment. Families referred to FAIR receive services in their natural environments (e.g., home, school, court) and receive incentives related to healthy households for meeting individualized treatment goals. Lisa oversees FAIR services provided to Lane County residents through the ODI Clinic; for more information, visit

Further, Lisa is involved in the measurement of implementation processes. Building on her previous work with the Stages of Implementation Completion (SIC), she and the SIC team are extending the SIC into the Sustainment Phase of the implementation process. Moreover, they are conducting a randomized trial of the SIC-Coaching strategy as a method for integrating implementation fidelity with intervention fidelity to increase rates of successful implementation among adolescent substance use treatment EBPs. Lisa and the SIC team have collaborated with a number of EBP developers in different service sectors, serving different populations to operationalize and monitor real-world implementation efforts. Similarly, the SIC team has developed the Cost of Implementing New Strategies (COINS) tool for assessing implementation costs across the three phases of implementation.

Lisa also is a Co-Investigator on the NIDA-funded Translational Drug Abuse Prevention Center at OSLC, as well as a number of other non-OSLC/ODI led projects.

Read more about Dr. Saldana’s work at the Oregon Social Learning Center, ODI’s research partner organization.

Representative Publications

Nadeem, E., Saldana, L., Chapman, J., & Schaper, H. (2018). A mixed methods study of the stages of implementation for an evidence-based trauma intervention in schools. Journal of Behavior Therapy. Online first. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2017.12.004

Palinkas, L.A., Campbell, M., Saldana, L. (2018). Agency leaders’ assessments of feasibility and desirability of Implementation of evidence-based practices in youth-serving organizations using the Stages of Implementation Completion. Frontiers in Public Health.

Palinkas, L. A., Saldana, L., Chou, C., & Chamberlain, P. (2017). Use of research evidence and implementation of evidence-based practices in youth-serving systems. Children and Youth Services Review, 83, 242-247.

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. DOI: 10.1007/s10488-016-0730-9

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.

Saldana, L. (2015). An integrated intervention to address the comorbid needs of families referred to child welfare for substance abuse and child neglect: FAIR pilot outcomes. Child Welfare Journal, 94(5).

Saldana, L. (2014). The stages of implementation completion for evidence-based practice: Protocol for a mixed methods study. Implementation Science, 9, 43.

Chamberlain, P., & Saldana, L. (2014). Practice-research partnerships that scale-up, attain fidelity, and sustain evidence-based practices. In P. C. Kendall & R. S. Beidas (Eds). Dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices in child and adolescent mental health (pp. 127-142). New York: Oxford University Press.

Saldana, L., Chamberlain, P., Bradford, W. D., Campbell, M., & Landsverk, J. (2014). The Cost of Implementing New Strategies (COINS): A method for mapping implementation resources using the stages of implementation completion. Children and Youth Services Review, 39, 177-182.

Saldana, L., Chamberlain, P., Wang, W., & Brown, H. (2012). Predicting program start-up using the stages of implementation measure. Administration and Policy in Mental Health Research, 39, 419-425.