John Lochman John Lochman, Ph.D. – PI

Dr. Lochman is a Professor and Saxon Chairholder in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Duke University Medical Center. He is the Director of the Center for Prevention of Youth Behavior Problems. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 1977. He has authored more than 210 scientific articles, chapters and books, and this work has primarily focused on the causes and consequences of highly aggressive behavior in childhood. In addition to his prevention research on the Coping Power program, Dr. Lochman also is a co-principal investigator on a study of the preventive effects of the comprehensive, intensive Fast Track program, designed to prevent adolescent conduct problems, funded by National Institute of Health (NIMH). Dr. Lochman serves on grant review committees at NIH and at several private foundations. He is on the editorial boards for the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Behavior Therapy, Developmental Psychology, and the Journal of School Psychology, and he is the editor-in-chief for the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.
Karen Wells Karen Wells, Phd - PI

I am the PI on an NIDA funded grant studying the incremental effectiveness of family therapy when applied in the context of an outpatient substance abuse treatment program for adolescent substance abusers. Subject/families are randomly assigned to one of two treatment conditions: Standard Outpatient Treatment or Standard Outpatient Treatment plus Family therapy. The family therapy intervention is based on a system/structural model of family functioning with specific focus on the content issues and family dynamics involved in substance abuse. Subject/families are assessed at baseline, immediate post intervention, and at a 6 month follow-up period. the study is of experimental significance because it addresses the question of whether changing family processes empirically identified as associated with substance abuse, results in changes in risk factors for substance abuse and actual substance use. The study is of public health significance because it addresses the added benefit of family therapy in substance abuse tretment program for adolescents. Although most thereticians call for family therapy for this population, fewer than 25% of treatment programs across the country include family therapy as a component of treatment.

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