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John Landsverk

John A. Landsverk, Ph.D.

CASRC Founding Director
Senior Research Scientist, Oregon Social Learning Center
Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work, San Diego State University
Senior Scholar, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis

Contact Information

Oregon Social Learning Center


Dr. Landsverk was the founding director of the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC). Within CASRC, he led three NIMH funded research centers as well as multiple R01 studies and an R24 Child and Adolescent Interdisciplinary Research Network.

He is Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Work at San Diego State University; Senior Research Scientist at the Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC); Senior Scholar at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis; and Senior Consultant at the School of Social Work, University of Southern California. He has a doctorate in sociology from the University of Minnesota and completed a post-doctorate in psychiatric epidemiology and mental health program evaluation at UC Los Angeles.

Dr. Landsverk has served as the Scientific Director of the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare since 2004. He has chaired multiple standing panels at the NIMH and also chaired the Braam Oversight Panel in the State of Washington for nine years that provided technical assistance and monitoring oversight for a mediated settlement to a class action suit involving the child welfare and mental health systems. Dr. Landsverk has received numerous project and center grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies to conduct research on mental health care for children and adolescents involved with child welfare and on implementation science.

Research Focus

Dr. Landsverk’s research career has focused on mental health care for children involved in the child welfare system and also research on implementation of evidence-based interventions in the child mental health and child welfare service sectors.


  • 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. 
  • Holmes, L., Landsverk, J., Ward, H., Rolls-Reutz, J., Saldana, L., Wulczyn, F., & Chamberlain, P. (2014). Cost calculator methods for estimating casework time in child welfare services: A promising approach for use in implementation of evidence-based practices and other service innovations. Children and Youth Services Review, 39, 169-176. 
  • Langer, D. A., Wood, J. J., Wood, P. A., Garland, A. F., Landsverk, J., & Hough, R. L. (2015). Mental Health Service Use in Schools and Non-school-Based Outpatient Settings: Comparing Predictors of Service Use. School Mental Health, 1-13. 
  • Price, J. M., Roesch, S., Walsh, N. E., & Landsverk, J. (2014). Effects of the KEEP Foster Parent Intervention on Child and Sibling Behavior Problems and Parental Stress During a Randomized Implementation Trial. Prevention Science, 1-11. 
  • Wulczyn, F., Barth, R.P., Yuan, Y.T., Harden, B.J., Landsverk, J. (2005). Beyond common sense: Child welfare, child well-being, and the evidence for policy reform. Aldine Transaction Publishers. 
  • Proctor, E. K., Landsverk, J., Aarons, G., Chambers, D., Glisson, C., & Mittman, B. (2009). Implementation research in mental health services: An emerging science with conceptual, methodological, and training challenges. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 36(1), 24-34. 
  • Hurlburt, M. S., Barth, R. P., Leslie, L., Landsverk, J., & McCrae, J. (2007). Building on strengths: Current status and opportunities for improvement of parent training for families in child welfare. In R. Haskins, F. Wulczyn, & M. Webb (Eds.), Child protection: Using research to improve policy and practice (pp. 81-106). Brookings Institution Press. 
  • Hazen, A. L., Connelly, C. D., Kelleher, K. J., Landsverk, J. A., & Barth, R. P. (2007). Intimate partner violence in the child welfare system: Findings from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-being. In R. Haskins, F. Wulczyn, & M. Webb (Eds.), Child protection: Using research to improve policy and practice (pp. 44-61). Brookings Institution Press. 
  • Landsverk, J., Hurlburt, M., Leslie, L., Rolls, J., & Zhang, J. (2009). Exits from out-of-home care and continuity of mental health service use. In M. Webb, K. Dowd, B.J. Harden, J. Landsverk, & M. Testa (Eds.) Child welfare and child well-being: New perspectives from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being. Oxford University Press.