More Practice, Less Preach? The Role of Supervision Processes and Therapist Characteristics in EBP Implementation

  • Sarah Kate BearmanEmail author
  • John R. Weisz
  • Bruce F. Chorpita
  • Kimberly Hoagwood
  • Alyssa Ward
  • Ana M. Ugueto
  • Adam Bernstein
  • The Research Network on Youth Mental Health
Original Paper


Identifying predictors of evidence-based practice (EBP) use, such as supervision processes and therapist characteristics, may support dissemination. Therapists (N = 57) received training and supervision in EBPs to treat community-based youth (N = 136). Supervision involving modeling and role-play predicted higher overall practice use than supervision involving discussion, and modeling predicted practice use in the next therapy session. No therapist characteristics predicted practice use, but therapist sex and age moderated the supervision and practice use relation. Supervision involving discussion predicted practice use for male therapists only, and modeling and role-play in supervision predicted practice use for older, not younger, therapists.


Clinical supervision Therapist characteristics Treatment adherence Evidence based practices 



This study was supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Norlien Foundation, and The National Institute of Mental Health. This manuscript was presented at the annual convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in November, 2011, Toronto, Canada.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah Kate Bearman
    • 1
    Email author
  • John R. Weisz
    • 2
  • Bruce F. Chorpita
    • 3
  • Kimberly Hoagwood
    • 4
  • Alyssa Ward
    • 3
  • Ana M. Ugueto
    • 2
  • Adam Bernstein
    • 3
  • The Research Network on Youth Mental Health
  1. 1.Department of School-Clinical Child PsychologyFerkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva UniversityBronxUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychology, Harvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  4. 4.Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York University School of MedicineNew YorkUSA

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