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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry Grand Rounds Speaker


        Sonja K. Schoenwald, PhD


Sonja K. Schoenwald, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina and was Associate Director of the Family Services Research Center there from 1994 – 2004. 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. She pioneered the development, refinement, and empirical testing with NIMH and NIDA funding of the quality assurance protocols and adherence measurement methods used to transport Multisystemic Therapy (MST) to diverse communities. In addition, Dr. Schoenwald has collaborated with leading treatment, services, organizational, and economics researchers and community stakeholders in the development of NIH and foundation- funded research focused on taking evidence-based treatments for youth and families to scale. Dr. Schoenwald is currently Co-Director of the Methods Core of an NIMH-funded Developmental Network directed by Marc Atkins at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and Investigator of the Implementation Research Methods Group (IMRG), a NIMH-funded Advanced Center directed by Dr. John Landsverk at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. She was a founding member of the Research Network on Youth Mental Health, funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and directed by John Weisz of Harvard University, and is a co-developer of the Annie E. Casey Foundation Funded Blue Sky project, a demonstration of the integration of several evidence-based treatments for serious clinical problems in youth. Dr. Schoenwald has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and has co-authored three books and several treatment manuals and monographs for diverse stakeholder groups focused on supporting the implementation of effective treatments in communities nationally and internationally.

       At the completion of this session, the participant will be able to:

1.  Explain why implementation research is important to making evidence-based psychosocial treatments more widely
2.  Identify two aspects of the practice context that can affect the implementation of new treatments.
3.  Describe two strategies used to help clinicians implement evidence-based treatments.


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