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Rachel Haine-Schlagel, PhD

Rachel Haine-Schlagel, PhD

Associate Professor, San Diego State University and Licensed Psychologist

Contact Information

3020 Children’s Way, MC 5033
San Diego, CA 92123
T: 858-966-7703 x3583
F: 858-966-7704


Dr. Haine-Schlagel is a licensed clinical psychologist, Associate Professor in the Child & Family Development Department at San Diego State University, and Research Scientist at the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center. She is also Director of the Parents And Caregivers in Services (PACS) Lab ( at SDSU. Dr. Haine-Schlagel’s NIMH-funded research focuses on promoting caregiver participation in youth services. Her work has focused primarily in community-based outpatient mental health services and early intervention for autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Haine-Schlagel also has an interest in implementation science, including clinician training methods and promoting consumer demand for evidence-based practices. She was a fellow in the NIMH/NIDA/VA-funded Implementation Research Institute and the NIMH-funded Child Services, Prevention, and Intervention Research Institute.

Research Interests

  • Caregiver Participation in Services 
  • Community-Based Child Mental Health Services 
  • Evidence-Based Practices 
  • Dissemination and Implementation

Research Focus

Dr. Haine-Schlagel’s current research focuses on characterizing and improving caregiver participation in services for youth from early childhood through early adolescence. Dr. Haine-Schlagel has developed a toolkit to promote caregiver participation to support providers and caregivers to work collaboratively to promote positive child outcomes. This toolkit, the Parent And Caregiver Active Participation Toolkit or PACT, has been piloted in standard community-based care and as part of an evidence-based parent coaching intervention for young children at risk for autism spectrum disorder. PACT is also being piloted as part of an evidence-based child neglect prevention home visiting intervention. Dr. Haine-Schlagel has also developed a brief measure of caregiver participation for use in research and clinical settings. In addition, Dr. Haine-Schlagel is interested in implementation science, in particular utilizing learning collaboratives to train providers in evidence-based practices.

Clinical and Teaching Focus

Dr. Haine-Schlagel has provided numerous invited trainings locally to over 25 publicly-funded youth services programs. She has taught evidence-based counseling practices in the University of San Diego’s Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling (LPCC) program and is faculty in San Diego State University’s Child & Family Development Department’s LPCC program.


  • Haine-Schlagel, R., Mechammil, M., & Brookman-Frazee, L. (in press). Stakeholder perspectives on a toolkit to enhance caregiver participation in community-based child mental health services. Psychological Services.
  • Haine-Schlagel, R., Martinez, J. I., Roesch, S. C., Bustos, C., & Janicki, C. (2016). Randomized trial of the Parent And Caregiver Active Participation Toolkit for child mental health treatment. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology. Advance online publication. PMID 27442606.
  • Haine-Schlagel, R., Roesch, S. C., Trask, E. V., Fawley-King, K., Ganger, W. C., & Aarons, G. A. (2016). The Parent Participation Engagement Measure (PPEM): Reliability and validity in child and adolescent community mental health services. Administration & Policy in Mental Health & Mental Health Services Research, 43(5), 813-823. PMC4852156.
  • Stadnick, N., Haine-Schlagel, R., & Martinez, J. I. (2016). Identifying factors associated with observational assessment of parent participation engagement in community-based child mental health services. Child & Youth Care Forum, 45(5), 745-758. PMC5003526.
  • Haine-Schlagel, R., & Walsh, N.E. (2015). A review of parent participation engagement in child and family mental health treatment. Clinical Child & Family Psychology Review. (ahead-of-print), 1-18. DOI: 10.1007/s10567-015-0182-x. NIHMS668586. 
  • Haine-Schlagel, R., Fettes, D. L., Garcia, A. R., Brookman-Frazee, L., & Garland, A. F. (2013). Consistency with evidence-based treatments and perceived effectiveness of children’s community-based care. Community Mental Health Journal, 50(2), 158-163. PMCID: PMC3648636. 
  • Haine-Schlagel, R., Brookman-Frazee, L., Janis, B., & Gordon, J. N. (2013). Evaluating a learning collaborative to implement evidence-based engagement practices in community-based services for young children. Child & Youth Care Forum, 42(5), 457-473. PMCID: PMC3821769. 

Current Projects

Mixed Methods Adaptation and Pilot Testing of a Toolkit to Enhance Parent Participation in Home Visitation Programs (CREW)
Funding: Georgia State University/Annie E Casey Foundation
Description: The major goals of this project are to adapt a toolkit to promote parent participation in services and pilot the delivery of the toolkit as part of an evidence-based home visiting program for families in the child welfare system.

Training Providers to Implement an Evidence-Based Early Intervention Parent Coaching Program (BRIDGE)
: Autism Speaks
Description: The primary goal of this project is to examine the effectiveness of a training plan to teach agency trainers to implement and train others in an evidence-based parent coaching intervention for toddlers at risk for autism spectrum disorders. This project will also assess whether therapists trained by agency trainers deliver the intervention as intended and their ratings of satisfaction, acceptability, appropriateness, feasibility and sustainability of the training approach.

Mental Health Services Act Innovation Projects Evaluation (INN-12)
: San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency
Description: This evaluation project focuses on evaluating the delivery of an innovative program to enhance parent participation in family therapy in publicly-funded mental health services for low-income, diverse children and families in San Diego County.

Improving and Sustaining Implementation of Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD
: National Institute of Mental Health
Description: This research project aims to assess the effectiveness of two methods to support providers to sustain their use of an evidence-based practice they have received training for. The two methods are continuous quality improvement and fidelity monitoring.