Predictors of Workforce Turnover in a Transported Treatment Program

  • Ashli J. Sheidow
  • Sonja K. Schoenwald
  • H. Ryan Wagner
  • Charlene A. Allred
  • Barbara J. Burns
Original Paper


This study examined relations between workforce turnover and select clinician (demographic and professional characteristics and perceptions of treatment model features and job requirements) organizational (perceptions of organizational climate and structure) and program level (salary, case mix) variables in a sample of 453 clinicians across 45 organizations participating in a transportability study of an empirically supported adolescent treatment (i.e., MST). At 20% annually, turnover was lower than in the national mental health workforce (i.e., 50–60%). Clinician demographic, professional background, and perceptions of the treatment model and demands did not predict turnover. Perceptions of an emotionally demanding organizational climate, program salary level, and program case mix of youth did predict turnover.


Transported treatment Dissemination Evidence-based treatment Empirically supported treatment Workforce turnover 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ashli J. Sheidow
    • 1
  • Sonja K. Schoenwald
    • 1
  • H. Ryan Wagner
    • 2
  • Charlene A. Allred
    • 3
  • Barbara J. Burns
    • 4
  1. 1.Family Services Research Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesDuke University School of MedicineDurhamUSA
  3. 3.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesDuke University School of Medicine AND Research Scientist, Center for Child & Family Policy, Terry Sanford Institute for Public Policy, Duke UniversityDurhamUSA
  4. 4.Services Effectiveness Research Program, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesDuke University School of MedicineDurhamUSA

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