Patricia Chamberlain, PhD

Dr. Patricia Chamberlain is the developer of well-known effective preventive intervention models. These models are designed to prevent negative outcomes for some of the highest risk children and adolescents in society, including children in foster care, youth in state mental institutions, and youth in the juvenile justice system. The Treatment Foster Care Oregon model has been widely implemented throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and in the Southern Hemisphere, and is on numerous best-practices lists. The KEEP model for supporting and building skills in foster and kinship families is also widely implemented and has been scaled up in New York City, Tennessee, the U.K., and Denmark. Moreover, Dr. Chamberlain and colleagues have adapted the programs to address the needs of specific populations, including delinquent males and females, as well as school age children and adolescents. All of these interventions have been evaluated and found to be effective via federally-funded randomized clinical trials. Together, these programs have changed the landscape of services and social policy, as well as the lives of many children and families, in the countries in which they have been implemented. Chamberlain’s research is a prime example of how preventive intervention trials can also serve as tests of theoretical models. Specifically, her work demonstrates that by targeting hypothesized parenting-based mediators of child mental health and behavior problems, it is possible to impact life course trajectories of children and youth. Her work in this area has advanced theory and has provided a model for how to evaluate the underlying “moving parts” of an intervention.

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

Representative Publications

Dishion, T., Forgatch, M., Chamberlain, P., & Pelham, W. E. (2016). The Oregon model of behavior family therapy: From intervention design to promoting large-scale system change. Behavior Therapy, 47, 812-837.

Chamberlain, P. (2017). Toward creating synergy among policy, procedures, and implementation of evidence‑based models in child welfare systems: Two case examples. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 20, 78-86.

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.

Leve, L. D., Chamberlain, P., & Kim, H. K. (2015). Risks, outcomes, and evidence-based interventions for girls in the U. S. juvenile justice system. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 18(3), 252–279.

Chamberlain, P., Roberts, R., Jones, H., Marsenich, L., Sosna, T., & Price, J. M. (2012). Three collaborative models for scaling up evidence-based practices. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Research, 39(4), 278-290.

Chamberlain, P., & Brown, C. H., & Saldana, L. (2011). Observational measure of implementation progress: The Stages of Implementation Completion (SIC). Implementation Science, 6, 116.

Chamberlain, P., & Saldana, L. (2014). Practice-research partnerships that scale-up, attain fidelity, and sustain evidence-based practices. In Kendall & Beidas (Eds), Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (pp. 127-142). New York: Oxford University Press.

Chamberlain, P., Price, J., Leve, L. D., Laurent, H., Landsverk, J. A., & Reid, J. B. (2008). Prevention of behavior problems for children in foster care: Outcomes and mediation effects. Prevention Science, 9, 17-27.

Chamberlain, P., Leve, L. D., & DeGarmo, D. S. (2007). Multidimensional treatment foster care for girls in the juvenile justice system: 2-year follow-up of a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75, 187-193.