RRI activities rest on a foundation of academic knowledge and research in the social sciences. Scholarship by interdisciplinary faculty and students lends credibility and breadth to the Institute and informs everything we do; this distinguishes the RRI from many private, non‐academic research entities. The work of RRI researchers and staff appears in numerous peer reviewed journals, in edited books, monographs and reports, and in presentations and proceedings at regional, national, and international conferences. Key findings also find their way into mainstream media and congressional hearings.

2017 Publications by PSU School of Social Work Scholars:

Anderson-Nathe, B. & Gharabaghi, K. (2017). Trending rightward: Nationalism, xenophobia, and the 2016 politics of fear. Child & Youth Services, 38(1), 1-3.

Blakeslee, J., Kothari, B. H., McBeath, B., Sorenson, P., & Bank, L. (2017).  Network indicators of the social ecology of adolescents in relative and non-relative foster households. Children and Youth Services Review, 73, 173-181.

Brennan, E. M, Jones, K. R., & Bender, R. (2017). Gentrification and displacement: An environmental justice challenge for social work in urban environments. In M. Rinkel & M. Powers (Eds.) Social work promoting community and environmental sustainability: A workbook for global social workers and educators (pp.133-145). Berne, Switzerland: International Federation of Social Workers.   Available online at: 

Bryson, S., Gauvin, E., Jamieson, A., Rathgeber, M., Faulkner-Gibson, L., Bell, S., et al. (2017). What are effective strategies for implementing trauma-informed care in youth inpatient psychiatric and residential treatment settings? A realist systematic review. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 11(36), 1-16.

Bunger, A., McBeath, B., Chuang, E., & Collins-Camargo, C. (2017). Institutional and market pressures on interorganizational collaboration and competition among private human service organizations. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, & Governance, 41, 13-29.

Carnochan, S., McBeath, B., & Austin, M.J. (2017). Practitioner perspectives on the process of evidence-informed practice within human service organizations. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, & Governance, 41, 346-358.

Chuang, E., Collins-Camargo, C., & McBeath, B. (2017). Organizational supports used by private child and family serving agencies to facilitate evidence use: A mixed methods study protocol. Implementation Science, 12, 49.

Collins-Camargo, C., & McBeath, B. (2017). Child welfare practice within the context of public-private partnerships. Social Work, 62, 130-138.

DeFilippis, J. & Anderson-Nathe, B. (2017). Embodying margin to center: Intersectional activism among queer liberation organizations. In M. Brettschneider, S. Burgess, & C. Keating (Eds.), LGBTQ politics: A critical reader, (pp. 110-133).

DuBois, D.L. & Keller, T.E. (2017). Investigation of the integration of supports for youth thriving into a community-based mentoring program. Child Development, 88(5), 1480-1491.

Englander, H., Weimer, M. Solotaroff, R. Nicolaidis, C., Chan, B., Velez, C., Noice, A., Hartnett, T., Blackburn, E. Barnes, P., Korthuis, P.T. (2017). Planning and designing the Improving Addiction Care Team (IMPACT) for hospitalized adults with Substance use disorder. Journal of Hospital Medicine, 12(5), 339-342.

Furrer, C. (2017). Findings from the K-12 Student Success Out-of-School-Time Evaluation 2015-16 Cohort. Oregon Community Foundation, Portland, OR.

Gharabaghi, K. & Anderson-Nathe, B. (2017). Strengths-based research in a deficits-oriented context. Child & Youth Services, 38(3), 177-179.

Gharabaghi, K. & Anderson-Nathe, B. (2017). The need for critical scholarship. Child & Youth Services, 38(2), 95-97.

Graff, G., McBeath, B., & Austin, M.J. (2017). Supporting evidence-informed practice in human service organizations: An exploratory study of link officers. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, & Governance, 41, 58-75.

Green, B. L., Sanders, M. B., & Tarte, J. (2017). Using administrative data to evaluate the effectiveness of the Healthy Families Oregon home visiting program: 2-year impacts on child maltreatment & service utilization. Children and Youth Services Review, 75, 77-86.

Hulshof-Schmidt, M. (2017). What’s in an acronym? Parsing the LGBTQQIP2SAA community. In S. Maasik & J. Solomon (Eds.), Signs of life in the USA: Readings on popular culture for writers. New York: Bedford St. Martin’s.

Keller, T.E., Logan, K., Lindwall, J., & Beals, C. (2017). Peer mentors in a research-focused diversity initiative. Metropolitan Universities, 28(3), 50-66.

Koroloff, N., Friesen, B., & Buekea, N. (2017). Changing the rules: A guide for youth and young adults with mental health conditions who want to change policy. Portland, OR: Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, Portland State University.

Kothari, B. H., McBeath, B., Sorenson, P., Bank, L., Waid, J., Webb, S. J., & Steele, J. (2017). An intervention to improve sibling relationship quality among youth in foster care: Results of a Randomized Clinical Trial. Child Abuse and Neglect, 63, 19-29.

Lambarth, C., Reid, D., & Green, B. (2017). North Douglas County Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) phase 2 regional health services survey report. Portland, Oregon: Portland State University, Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services.

McBeath, B., Carnochan, S., Stuart, M., & Austin, M.J. (2017). The managerial and relational dimensions of public-nonprofit human service contracting. Journal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiation, 3, 51-77.

Miles, R., McBeath, B., Brockett, S., & Sorenson, P. (2017). Prevalence and predictors of social work student food insecurity. Journal of Social Work Education, 53, 651-663.

Orellana, E. R., et al. (2017). Screening for and treatment of sexual abuse histories in boys and male adolescents. In A.P. Giardino, D.K.Faugno, M.J. Spencer, M.L. Weaver, & P.M. Speck (Eds.), Sexual assault victimization across the life span: Vol. 2. Evaluation of children and adults (pp. 35-62). St. Louis: STM Learning, Inc.

Park, Y., Bhyuan, R., Wahab, S. (2017). Can an academic journal promote radical scholarship? Feminisms in dangerous times. Affilia: Women and social work, 32(3), p. 273-275. v DOI: 10.1177/0886109917716230

Park, Y., Wahab, S., Bhyuan, R. (2017). Feminisms in dangerous times. Affilia: Women and social work, 32(1), p. 5-9. DOI: 10.1177/0886109916686271

Pérez Jolles, M., Collins-Camargo, C., McBeath, B., Bunger, A.B., & Chuang, E. (2017). Managerial strategies to influence frontline worker understanding of performance measures in nonprofit child welfare agencies. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 46, 1166-1188.

Platt, L., Powers, L.E., Leotti, S., Hughes, R.B., Robinson-Whelen, S., Osburn, S., Ashkenazy, E., Beers, L., Lund, E., Nicolaidis, C., & The Partnering with People with Disabilities to Address Violence Consortium (2017). The role of gender in violence experienced by adults with developmental disabilities. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 32(1), 101-129.

Powers, L. E., (2017). Contributing Meaning to Research in Developmental Disabilities: Integrating Participatory Action with Methodological Rigor. Research to Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 42(1), 42-52.

Richardson, D. M., Keller, T. E., Wolf, D., Zell, A., Morris, C., & Crespo, C. (2017). BUILD EXITO: A multi-level intervention to support diversity in health-focused research. BMC Proceedings, 11(S12), 19, 133-148.

Smith, D., Hohman, M., Manthey, T., & Wahab, S.  (2017). Student-perceived quality of Motivational Interviewing training: A factor analytic study. Journal of Society for Social Work Research, 8(1), 1-18 .

Sowers, J.A., Powers, L., Schmidt, J., Keller, T.E., Turner, A., Salazar, A., & Swank, P. (2017). A randomized trial of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics mentoring program. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 40(4), 196-204.

Teo, A.R, Marsh, H., Forsberg, C.W., Nicolaidis, C., Chen, J.I., Newsom, J., Saha, S., Dobscha, S.K. Loneliness is closely associated with depression outcomes and suicidal ideation among military veterans in primary care. Journal of Affective Disorders, 230, 42-49.

Velez-Klug, C., Nicolaidis, C., Korthuis, P.T., Englander, H. (2017). “It’s been an experience, a life learning experience”: A qualitative study of hospitalized patients with substance use disorders. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 32(3), 296-303.

Waid, J., McBeath, B., Kothari, B. H., & Bank, L. (2018). Foster home integration as a temporal indicator of relational well-being. Children and Youth Services Review, 83, 137-145.

Walker, J. S., Seibel, C. L., & Jackson, S. (2017). Increasing youths’ participation in team-based treatment planning: The Achieve My Plan enhancement for Wraparound. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26 (8), 2090-2100.

2016 Publications

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