John Landsverk has a PhD in sociology from the University of Minnesota and advanced training in epidemiology and mental health services research from the UCLA School of Public Health, with affiliations at the Oregon Social Learning Center (senior research scientist and science director of OSLC Developments), founding director of the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC), and senior scholar at the Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Landsverk’s research focuses on the intersection of child welfare and children’s mental health with an emphasis on the implementation of evidence based interventions in these service systems. His early work focused on the epidemiology of child maltreatment and the intersection of child welfare and ameliorative services such as mental health care and developmental services. He has received numerous research grants and contracts from NIMH and other federal agencies, including three center grants, the most recent being the Advanced Center to Improve Pediatric Mental Health Care (aka Implementation Methods Research Group) funded by the NIMH to develop implementation research methods and strategies for implementing evidence-based interventions in child welfare and child mental health settings. He currently serves as director of the Research Methods Core for the NIDA-funded Center for Translational Drug Abuse Prevention in Child Welfare at the OSLC, associate director for the NIMH-funded R25 Implementation Research Institute at Washington University, and is a core faculty member of the NIMH-funded R25 Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services (CHIPS) training grant at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Landsverk has published widely on mental health care for CWS children, including co-authoring Beyond common sense: Children welfare, child well-being, and the evidence for policy reform (2005) and co-editing Child welfare and child well-being: New perspectives from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (2010). The Journal of Social Work published a synopsis of Landsverk and colleagues’ research at CASRC entitled “Bridging science and practice in child welfare and children’s mental health services systems: a two-decade research center trajectory” in 2011. Landsverk was a core member of the Youth Mental Health Network, MacArthur Foundation. In 2005 he was the co-chair and keynote speaker with Enola Proctor at the Mental Health Services Research Conference; in 2006, he gave the Aaron Rosen Lecture for the Society for Social Work research. In 2007, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society on the Abuse of Children. From 2004 to 2013, he chaired the Braam Oversight Panel, which provided technical assistance, monitoring, and oversight for a mediated settlement to class action litigation involving the child welfare and mental health systems in the State of Washington. In 2014 he was elected as a fellow at the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.