Jeff Randall received his undergraduate degree in psychology from San Jose State University, his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Virginia Tech, and his pre-doctoral internship as well as post-doctoral fellowship from Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh. He is an Assistant Professor in the Family Services Research Center of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is the project director of a National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIDA/NIAAA) funded project entitled “A Randomized Clinical Trial of Juvenile Drug Court and Multisystemic Therapy (MST)”. This project is in its fourth year of funding and has recently received three years of funding from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment for the continuation of clinical services.
Dr Randall was principal investigator on a grant that was recently received from the state of South Carolina to add additional treatment components to the NIDA/NIAAA funded project. Dr Randall is first author on four recently published MST substance abuse articles. The first article is entitled, “Psychiatric Comorbidity and the 16-Month Trajectory of Substance-Abusing and Substance-Dependent Juvenile Offenders”, is published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry . The article examines comorbidity in a substance abusing/dependent MST sample. The second article is entitled, “Adapting Multisystemic Therapy to Treat Adolescent Substance Abuse More Effective,” is published in Cognitive and Behavioral Practice . This article describes changes to the MST model to facilitate improved outcomes for substance abusing youth in the context of juvenile drug court. The third article, entitled, “Integrating Evidence-Based Substance Abuse-Treatment into Juvenile Drug Courts: Implications for Outcomes,” is published in National Drug Court Institute Review . This article provides rationale for juvenile drug courts to use empirically-based treatments, such as MST. The fourth article, entitled, “Multisystemic Therapy: A Treatment for Violent Substance-Abusing and Substance-Dependent Juvenile Offenders” is published in Addictive Behaviors . This article describes how MST is an effective for adolescents who are both violent and substance abusing. Dr. Randall has published over 20 articles. His research interests include Multisystemic Therapy (MST) conceptualization and treatment, adolescent substance abuse, juvenile drug court, and anxiety disorders. Some primary populations that MST targets include children and adolescents engaging in substance abuse, violent behaviors, and other criminal activities.