John Landsverk has served as the Scientific Director of the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare since 2004. Dr. Landsverk was the founding director of the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC) at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. Dr. Landsverk has received numerous project and center grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies to conduct research on mental health care for children and adolescents involved with child welfare and on implementation science. One of these was the recently concluded National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH)-funded Implementation Research Methods Group advanced center which focused on the development of innovative research methods to conduct implementation research related to public child welfare and child mental health service systems.
Dr. Landsverk is professor emeritus in the School of Social Work at San Diego State University; Research Scientist at the Oregon Social Learning Center; Senior Scholar at the Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis; and Senior Research Professor at the School of Social Work, University of Southern California. Dr. Landsverk chaired the Braam Oversight Panel that provided technical assistance and monitoring oversight for a mediated settlement to a class action suit involving the child welfare and mental health systems in the State of Washington.
Dr. Landsverk has been involved in training many young research scientists, both within social work and across other behavioral science disciplines, in how to compete successfully for NIH and other federal funding. He serves as principal sponsor on several K awards from NIH, primarily in the area of mental health care for children and adolescents. He also serves as a core faculty on the NIMH-funded R25 training grant "Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services Summer Institute."
Dr. Landsverk has a doctorate in sociology from the University of Minnesota and completed a post-doctorate in psychiatric epidemiology and mental health program evaluation at the University of California, Los Angeles.