Lisa Saldana, PhD

Lisa Saldana has a doctorate in clinical psychology with a research and clinical emphasis in child welfare populations and evidence-based practice. She focuses on the Saldana 2development, evaluation, and implementation of evidence-based practices, with a particular emphasis on services for child welfare populations. She is the developer of the Stages of Implementation Completion (SIC) and Cost of Implementing New Strategies (COINS) implementation tools. Recently, in collaboration with ODI colleague Patricia Chamberlain, Lisa helped to develop the R3 practice model focused on maximizing the quality of positive relationships between caseworkers and families involved in the child welfare system. R3 was developed at the request of the NYC child welfare system, in the midst of an implementation effort of linked evidence-based practices that Saldana and Chamberlain were conducting. R3 helps to infuse evidence-based strategies into everyday interactions between families and the child welfare system, by targeting supervision that caseworkers receive regarding their daily tasks and caseloads. Saldana and colleagues are currently evaluating the effectiveness of R3 and the supervision delivery strategy in a NIDA-funded trial. This trial leverages the rollout of R3 in different regions in the state of Tennessee.

Lisa also received funding from ACYF to conduct an efficacy evaluation of the FAIR model, an integrative treatment for maternal substance abuse and child neglect which she developed using a NIDA-funded Career Development award. The Families Actively Improving Relationships (FAIR) model integrates evidence-based techniques targeting three key components: treatment of parenting deficits, substance use, and mental health symptoms, as well as their correlated contextual problems such as housing and employment. Families referred to FAIR receive services in their natural environments (e.g., home, school, court) and receive incentives that are related to healthy households for meeting individualized treatment goals. A dynamic wait-list design is being utilized to evaluate services being delivered in a Medicaid environment to families referred through the child welfare system.

Lisa was also a Co-Investigator on an implementation trial examining two implementation strategies to scale-up Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO), an evidence-based practice for youth in foster care. She is currently the PI on the Stages of Implementation Completion for Evidence-Based Practice, an NIMH-funded R01 that examines the successful implementation of interventions in community settings, is working on NIH-funded research grants focusing on the economic evaluation of EBPs, and is a Co-Investigator on the NIDA-funded Translational Drug Abuse Prevention Center at OSLC. Lisa is a Co-Investigator on a large real-world implementation of two linked EBPs in a large multi-site child welfare system.

Representative Publications:

Saldana, L., Chamberlain, P., & Chapman, J. E. (2016, online first). A supervisor-targeted implementation approach to promote system change: The R3 Model. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. DOI: 10.1007/s10488-016-0730-9 [PMC: 27003137; NIHMSID 771925]

Chamberlain, P., Feldman, S. W., Wulczyn, F., Saldana, L., & Forgatch, M. (2016). Implementation and evaluation of linked parenting models in a large urban child welfare system. Child Abuse & Neglect, 53, 27-39.  [PMID: 26602831]

Saldana, L. (2015). An integrated intervention to address the comorbid needs of families referred to child welfare for substance abuse and child neglect: FAIR pilot outcomes. Child Welfare Journal, 94(5).

Saldana, L. (2014). The stages of implementation completion for evidence-based practice: Protocol for a mixed methods study. Implementation Science, 9, 43.

Chamberlain, P., & Saldana, L. (2014). Practice-research partnerships that scale-up, attain fidelity, and sustain evidence-based practices. In P. C. Kendall & R. S. Beidas (Eds). Dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices in child and adolescent mental health (pp. 127-142). New York: Oxford University Press.

Saldana, L., Chamberlain, P., Bradford, W. D., Campbell, M., & Landsverk, J. (2014). The Cost of Implementing New Strategies (COINS): A method for mapping implementation resources using the stages of implementation completion. Children and Youth Services Review, 39, 177-182.

Saldana, L., Smith, D. K., & Weber, E. (2013). Adolescent onset of maternal substance abuse: Descriptive findings from a feasibility trial. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 22, 407-422.

Chamberlain, P., & Brown, C. H., & Saldana, L. (2011). Observational measure of implementation progress: The Stages of Implementation Completion (SIC). Implementation Science, 6, 116.

Saldana, L., Chamberlain, P., Wang, W., & Brown, H. (2012). Predicting program start-up using the stages of implementation measure. Administration and Policy in Mental Health Research, 39, 419-425.