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Joseph Price, Ph.D.

Joseph Price, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychology, San Diego State University

Contact Information

San Diego State University
6363 Alvarado Ct., Suite 103
San Diego, CA 92120
SDSU: (619) 447-1633
CASRC: (858) 966-7703 x7191


Dr. Joseph M. Price is a developmental scientist and Professor in the Department of Psychology at San Diego State University. He is also a Research Scientist at the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center in San Diego. His most recent research focuses on examining the effectiveness of the KEEP foster parent training program, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health. This program of research is conducted in collaboration with Dr. Patti Chamberlain from the Oregon Social Learning Center.

Research Interests

Dr. Joseph M. Price’s general research interests focus on understanding the parameters of the social-environmental conditions (i.e., parent and peers relationships) necessary for normal development, the consequences for individual development when social-environmental conditions fall outside the parameters required for normal development (maltreatment experiences), and how best to develop and implement intervention programs for children whose social-environmental conditions fail to provide the conditions necessary for normal development. His research has focused on examining the social development and social cognitive processes of various populations of maltreated children, including children living with their natural parents and those living with foster caregivers, and examining the role friendships and peer relationships play in either exacerbating or ameliorating the psychosocial problems that develop as a consequence of maltreatment. His current research efforts focus on examining the effectiveness of a foster parent training program (The KEEP Intervention) in decreasing behavior problems among children and adolescent in foster care and preventing foster placement disruptions. He is also interested in the factors that influence the effectiveness of the KEEP intervention model, including the role of foster parent engagement, treatment fidelity, and modes of intervention delivery.


  • Price, J. M., Chamberlain, P., Landsverk, J., Reid, J. B., Leve, L., & Laurent, H. (2008). Effects of a foster parent training intervention on placement changes of children in foster care. Child Maltreatment, 13, 64-75. 
  • Price, J .M., Roesch, S., & Walsh, N. E. (2012). Effectiveness of the KEEP foster parent intervention during an implementation trial. Children and Youth Services Review, 34, 2487-2494. 
  • Buchanan, R., Chamberlain, P., Price, J. M. & Sprengelmeyer, P. (2013). Examining the equivalence of fidelity over two generations of KEEP implementation: A preliminary analysis. Children and Youth Services Review, 35, 188-193. 
  • Price, J. M., Chiapa, A., & Walsh, E. N. (2013). Predictors of externalizing behavior problems in early elementary-aged children: The role of family and home environments. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 174, 464-471. 
  • Price, J. M., Roesch, S., & Walsh, N. E. (in press). Effects of the KEEP Foster Parent Intervention on Child and Sibling Behavior Problems and Parental Stress During a Randomized Implementation Trial. Prevention Science.