CEBC Topic Experts

One Topic Expert is chosen for each Topic Area that appears on the CEBC website.

Role of the Topic Experts:

  • Assist the CEBC team in identifying programs and practices that have known evidence in their area of expertise, or programs that are commonly used in California with or without evidence.
  • Participate as one of the raters for programs in the Topic Area for which they served as an expert. Click here for more information on the rating and review process.

Important Notes about Topic Experts and the CEBC Review Process:

  • The year the topic was initially reviewed and posted is listed next to the title of the topic area below and that reflects the year the topic expert provided assistance.
  • Any programs added to the topic area after that year were done so by CEBC staff without the topic expert’s involvement (see CEBC Review Process).
  • A more recent review of the research has been conducted on any program that has been on the website for more than 2 years.
  • The dates the program was originally loaded and last reviewed can be found on the bottom of the page in their program entry.

Click a Topic Area from the list below to obtain information about the Topic Expert for that area:

  • Anger Management Treatment (Adult) – 2010
    Raymond Chip Tafrate, PhD, Department Chair and Professor
    Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Central Connecticut State University
    New Britain, CT
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  • Anxiety Treatment (Child & Adolescent) – 2010
    Amanda Jensen Doss, PhD, Assistant Professor
    Child Division of the Department of Psychology, University of Miami
    Coral Gables, FL
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  • Attachment Interventions (Child & Adolescent) – 2014
    Thomas G. O'Connor, PhD, Professor
    Departments of Psychiatry and Clinical/Social Psychology, University of Rochester Medical Center
    Rochester, NY
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  • Behavioral Management Programs for Adolescents in Child Welfare – 2011
    Curtis McMillen, PhD, Professor
    School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
    Chicago, IL
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  • Bipolar Disorder Treatment (Child & Adolescent) – 2010
    Amanda Jensen Doss, PhD, Assistant Professor
    Child Division of the Department of Psychology, University of Miami
    Coral Gables, FL
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  • Casework Practice – 2008
    Diane Depanfilis, PhD, MSW, Professor
    Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College
    New York, NY
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  • Child Welfare Workforce Development and Support Programs – 2017
    Robin Leake, PhD, Research Associate Professor
    Graduate School of Social Work, Univeristy of Denver
    Denver, CO
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  • Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents: Services for Victims – 2013
    Linda Williams, PhD, Professor
    Criminal Justice & Criminology Department, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
    Lowell, MA
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  • Depression Treatment (Adult) – 2010
    Barbara J. Burns, PhD, Professor of Medical Psychology
    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, Duke University
    Durham, NC
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  • Depression Treatment (Child & Adolescent) – 2010
    Amanda Jensen Doss, PhD, Assistant Professor
    Child Division of the Department of Psychology, University of Miami
    Coral Gables, FL
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  • Disruptive Behavior Treatment (Child & Adolescent) – 2010
    Amanda Jensen Doss, PhD, Assistant Professor
    Child Division of the Department of Psychology, University of Miami
    Coral Gables, FL
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  • Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence: Batterer Intervention Programs – 2008
    Jeffrey L. Edleson, PhD, Dean and Professor
    School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA
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  • Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence: Services for Victims and their Children – 2007
    Jeffrey L. Edleson, PhD, Dean and Professor
    School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA
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  • Educational Interventions for Children and Adolescents in Child Welfare – 2011
    Melissa Jonson-Reid, PhD, Professor & Director
    Center for Violence and Injury Prevention, George Warren Brown School of Social Work
    St. Louis, MO
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  • Family Stabilization Programs – 2012
    Brad Richardson, PhD
    Research Director, The University of Iowa School of Social Work
    National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice
    Iowa City, IA
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  • Father Involvement Interventions – 2012
    Patricia Kohl, PhD, Assistant Professor
    George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University
    St. Louis, MO
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  • Higher Levels of Placement – 2008
    Sigrid James, PhD, LCSW, Associate Professor
    Department of Social Work and Social Ecology, Loma Linda University
    Loma Linda, CA
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  • Home Visiting Programs for Child Well-Being – 2011
    Neil Guterman, PhD, Dean & Mose and Sylvia Firestone Professor
    School of Social Service Administration
    University of Chicago
    Chicago, IL
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  • Home Visiting Programs for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect – 2011
    Neil Guterman, PhD, Dean & Mose and Sylvia Firestone Professor
    School of Social Service Administration
    University of Chicago
    Chicago, IL
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  • Infant and Toddler Mental Health Programs (Birth to 3) – 2009
    Laurel K. Leslie, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
    Tufts Medical Center, Floating Hospital for Children
    Director, Aligning Researchers and Communities for Health (ARCH)
    Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute
    Boston, MA
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  • Interventions for Abusive Behavior – 2015
    Mark Chaffin, PhD
    Georgia State University
    Atlanta, GA
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  • Interventions for Neglect – 2008
    Mark Chaffin, PhD
    Georgia State University
    Atlanta, GA
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  • Kinship Caregiver Support Programs – 2017
    Jill Duerr Berrick, PhD, Zellerbach Family Foundation Professor
    Co-Director of the Center for Child and Youth Policy
    School of Social Welfare, University of California
    Berkeley, CA
    –––
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  • Mentoring Programs (Child & Adolescent) – 2012
    Heather Taussig, PhD
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry
    Kempe Center, University of Colorado School of Medicine
    Aurora, CO
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  • Motivation and Engagement Programs – 2006
    Mark Chaffin, PhD
    Georgia State University
    Atlanta, GA
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  • Parent Partner Programs for Families Involved in the Child Welfare System – 2010
    Kimberly Hoagwood, PhD, Professor
    Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    New York University School of Medicine
    New York, NY
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  • Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents – 2016
    When the CEBC launched in 2006, Parent Training Programs was one of its two original topic areas. Richard P. Barth, PhD, was the topic expert and was involved in identifying and rating any of the programs with an original load date of June 2006 (as found on the bottom of the program’s page on the CEBC). The topic area has grown over the years and in 2016, the topic area was split and expanded. All of the Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents added since 2006 were identified by CEBC staff, the Scientific Panel, and/or the Advisory Committee. For these programs, Dr. Barth was not involved in identifying or rating them.
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  • Parent Training Programs that Address Child Abuse and Neglect – 2016
    When the CEBC launched in 2006, Parent Training Programs was one of its two original topic areas. Richard P. Barth, PhD, was the topic expert and was involved in identifying and rating any of the programs with an original load date of June 2006 (as found on the bottom of the program’s page on the CEBC). The topic area has grown over the years and in 2016, the topic area was split and expanded. All of the Parent Training Programs that Address Child Abuse and Neglect added since 2006 were identified by CEBC staff, the Scientific Panel, and/or the Advisory Committee. For these programs, Dr. Barth was not involved in identifying or rating them.
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  • Permanency Enhancement Interventions for Adolescents – 2012
    Peter Pecora, PhD, Professor and Senior Director of Research Services at Casey Family Programs
    University of Washington School of Social Work
    Seattle, WA
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  • Placement Stabilization Programs – 2007
    Sonya Leathers, PhD, Assistant Professor
    School of Social Services Administration, University of Chicago
    Chicago, IL
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  • Post-Permanency Services – 2009
    Peter Pecora, PhD, Professor and Senior Director of Research Services at Casey Family Programs
    University of Washington School of Social Work
    Seattle, WA
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  • Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Primary) Programs – 2015
    Deborah Daro, PhD, Chapin Hall Research Fellow
    Chapin Hall Center for Children, University of Chicago
    Chicago, IL
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  • Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary) Programs – 2007
    Deborah Daro, PhD, Chapin Hall Research Fellow
    Chapin Hall Center for Children, University of Chicago
    Chicago, IL
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  • Reducing Racial Disparity and Disproportionality in Child Welfare: Programs – 2013
    Lonnie R. Snowden, PhD, Professor
    Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of California
    Berkeley, CA
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  • Resource Parent Recruitment and Training Programs – 2009
    John Orme, PhD, Professor
    College of Social Work, University of Tennessee
    Knoxville, TN
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  • Reunification Programs – 2006
    Anthony Maluccio, President
    International Association for Outcome-Based Evaluation and Research on Children and Family Services
    Padova, Italy
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  • Sexual Behavior Problems Treatment (Adolescents) – 2011
    Elizabeth J. Letourneau, PhD, Associate Professor
    Department of Mental Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health
    Johns Hopkins University
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  • Sexual Behavior Problems Treatment (Children) – 2011
    Jane F. Silovsky, PhD, Associate Professor
    Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
    Department of Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
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  • Substance Abuse Treatment (Adolescent) – 2010
    John D. Clapp, PhD
    Associate Dean, Ohio State University College of Social Work
    Columbus, OH
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  • Substance Abuse Treatment (Adult) – 2006
    Nancy Young, PhD, Executive Director, Children and Family Futures;
    Director, National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare
    University of California-Irvine
    Irvine, CA
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  • Supervised Visitation Programs – 2007
    Peg Hess, PhD, Professor Emeritus
    School of Social Work, University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana
    Urbana, IL
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  • Teen Pregnancy Services – 2013
    Richard P. Barth, PhD, Dean
    School of Social Work, University of Maryland
    Baltimore, MD
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  • Trauma Treatment (Adult) – 2013
    Joanne L. Davis, PhD
    Associate Professor of Psychology
    Co-Director of the Tulsa Institute for Trauma, Abuse, and Neglect
    Criminal Justice & Criminology Department, University of Tulsa
    Tulsa, OK
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  • Trauma Treatment - Client-Level Interventions (Child & Adolescent) – 2016
    When the CEBC launched in 2006, Trauma Treatment (Child & Adolescent) was one of its two original topic areas. Benjamin E. Saunders, PhD, was the topic expert and was involved in identifying and rating any of the programs with an original load date of June 2006 (as found on the bottom of the program’s page on the CEBC). The topic area has grown over the years and in 2016, the topic area was split and expanded. All of the Trauma Treatment - Client-Level Interventions (Child & Adolescent) added since 2006 were identified by CEBC staff, the Scientific Panel, and/or the Advisory Committee. For these programs, Dr. Saunders was not involved in identifying or rating them.
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  • Trauma Treatment - System-Level Programs (Child & Adolescent) – 2016
    When the CEBC launched in 2006, Trauma Treatment (Child & Adolescent) was one of its two original topic areas. Benjamin E. Saunders, PhD, was the topic expert and was involved in identifying and rating any of the programs with an original load date of June 2006 (as found on the bottom of the program’s page on the CEBC). The topic area has grown over the years and in 2016, the topic area was split and expanded. All of the Trauma Treatment - System-Level Programs (Child & Adolescent) added since 2006 were identified by CEBC staff, the Scientific Panel, and/or the Advisory Committee. For these programs, Dr. Saunders was not involved in identifying or rating them.
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  • Working with Parents with Cognitive Disabilities: Programs – 2014
    Sandra Azar, PhD, Professor
    Department of Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University
    University Park, PA
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  • Youth Transitioning Into Adulthood Programs – 2006
    Curtis McMillen, PhD, Professor
    School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
    Chicago, IL
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