College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Lessons learned in efficacy research and challenges to blending research and practice

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2006

Keywords

Adolescent, Substance Abuse Treatment, Research-to-Practice, Family Therapy, Dissemination

Publication Title

Family Process

ISSN

0014-7370

Volume

45

Issue/No.

2

Abstract

In this article, we present key lessons that we have learned from (1) a long program of research on an empirically supported treatment, brief strategic family therapy (BSFT), and (2) our ongoing research and training efforts related to transporting BSFT to the front lines of practice. After briefly presenting the rationale for working with the family when addressing behavior problems and substance abuse in adolescent populations, particularly among Hispanic adolescents, we summarize key findings from our 30-year program of research. The article closes by identifying barriers to the widespread adoption of empirically supported treatments and by presenting current work within the National Institute on Drug Abuse's Clinical Trials Network that attempts to address these barriers and obstacles.

DOI

10.1111/j.1545-5300.2006.00094.x