Building Bridges to Evidence-based Practice: The MacArthur Foundation Child System and Treatment Enhancement Projects (Child STEPs)

  • Sonja K. SchoenwaldEmail author
  • Kelly Kelleher
  • John R. Weisz
  • The Research Network on Youth Mental Health
Brief Communication


The papers in this special issue describe research undertaken by the MacArthur Foundation-funded Research Network on Youth Mental Health. The project is designed to understand the challenges of implementing evidence-based treatments in community-based mental health practices. This Introduction and the following articles describe the impetus and conceptual framework underlying one cluster of the Network’s activity—i.e., the Clinic Systems Project (CSP). The CSP studies examined the organizational and service system environments in a large national sample of community mental health and affiliated organizations that provide services to children. The main goal is to identify leverage points for, and barriers to, the adoption and implementation of evidence-based practices for children.


Evidence based treatments Evidence based practice Children’s mental health 



Preparation of this manuscript was supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and grant DA018107 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sonja K. Schoenwald
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kelly Kelleher
    • 2
  • John R. Weisz
    • 3
    • 4
  • The Research Network on Youth Mental Health
    • 5
  1. 1.Family Services Research CenterMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA
  2. 2.Columbus Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  3. 3.Judge Baker Children’s CenterBostonUSA
  4. 4.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  5. 5.ChicagoUSA

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