PSI Portland Active Projects

Snapshot of current Portland-based projects:

Early Childhood and Families

  • PRO-Parenting: Funded by NICHD (PIs Laura Lee McIntyre and Cameron Neece at Loma Linda University). This project focuses on improving child emotional and behavioral outcomes, parenting, and parent mental health in families with preschool-aged children with developmental delay, including autism spectrum disorder. Families are recruited in Oregon and California and participate in online, telehealth parenting interventions that incorporate mindfulness-based stress reduction or social support, plus parenting skills. Intervention is delivered in Spanish or English to meet the needs of participating families.
  • Parenting Young Children: Funded by NIDA (PI Beth Stormshak; Project 2 of Center on Parenting and Opioids, PIs Leslie Leve and Phil Fisher). This project focuses on adapting and testing the effectiveness of the Family Check-Up Online, delivered using mobile devices with coaching support, to opioid-using mothers with preschool-aged children.Deployed out of Portland, the intervention is delivered to families residing in rural Oregon and targets the development of positive parenting skills and maternal self-regulation to improve child behavioral outcomes and ultimately reduce adult substance abuse.

Adolescence and Mental Health

  • Bridges: Funded by U.S. Department of Education/Institute for Education Sciences (PI Beth Stormshak, Co-PI Laura Lee McIntyre). This study follows a sample of Portland-based youth who were recruited in kindergarten and have now transitioned to middle school. Part of the sample is receiving a middle school version of the Family Check-Up, which focuses on key aspects of adolescent development, including academic success, peer relationships, and healthy behavior. The intervention is designed to be brief, strengths-based, and delivered in schools. The Family Check-Up promotes family–school partnerships and education outcomes for middle school youth and their families.
  • Middle School Success over Stress: Funded by NIMH (UO subaward PI Beth Stormshak). This study focuses on testing the efficacy of the Family Check-Up Online program to foster resilient family functioning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The intervention is designed to improve participant’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including youth depression and behavior problems, the ability to cope with pandemic-focused stressors (employment, mandated safety requirements), and social or family functioning, such as relationship support and risk for domestic violence.

Teen Health and Obesity Prevention

  • HealthTRAC: Funded by NIDDK (UO subaward PI Wendy Hadley). This project focuses in improving teen health through interventions designed to reduce unhealthy weight. The HealthTRAC intervention targets health through emotion regulation skill building as well as dietary and physical activity in adolescents aged 13 – 17 years old. The information gained in this project will extend our understanding of how improving emotion regulation abilities can enhance adolescent weight control interventions.