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Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

Research from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC)

The PCIT training faculty share the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center’s long history of applied research, evaluation, and advocacy of evidence-based treatments for promotion of child and family well-being.  Areas of PCIT research in which we have published include cultural translations:

As leaders in dissemination of evidence-based treatments, we have done research on best practices in training PCIT therapists and sustaining PCIT programs in the community:

Our group has a strong interest in the prevention of child maltreatment, with work including a series of randomized controlled trials that helped establish PCIT as an effective treatment for families with a history of child maltreatment:

Chaffin, M., Funderburk, B., Bard, D., Valle, L. A., & Gurwitch, R. (2011). A combined motivation and parent–child interaction therapy package reduces child welfare recidivism in a randomized dismantling field trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79(1), 84-95. doi:10.1037/a0021227

Chaffin, M., Valle, L. A., Funderburk, B., Gurwitch, R., Silovsky, J., Bard, D., McCoy, C., & Kees, M. (2009). A Motivational Intervention Can Improve Retention in PCIT for Low-Motivation Child Welfare Clients. Child Maltreatment, 14(4), 356–368.

Hakman, M., Chaffin, M., Funderburk, B., & Silovsky, J. F. (2009). Change trajectories for parent-child interaction sequences during parent-child interaction therapy for child physical abuse. Child Abuse & Neglect, 33(7), 461-470. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2008.08.003

Chaffin, M., Silovsky, J. F., Funderburk, B., Valle, L. A., Brestan, E. V., Balachova, T., Jackson, S., Lensgraf, J., & Bonner, B. L. (2004). Parent-Child Interaction Therapy With Physically Abusive Parents: Efficacy for Reducing Future Abuse Reports. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 72(3), 500–510.

Nekkanti, A. K., Jeffries, R., Scholtes, C. M., Shimomaeda, L., DeBow, K., Norman Wells, J., . . . Skowron, E. A. (2020). Study protocol: The coaching alternative parenting strategies (caps) study of parent-child interaction therapy in child welfare families. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11. doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2020.00839

Gardner, T., Schmidt, S., Funderburk, B. et al. Building Strong Children Together: Ending Child Maltreatment in Our Lifetime Through Disruption of Educational Systems and Approaches. Int. Journal on Child Malt. 3, 317–325 (2020).

The breadth of our PCIT program and integration with other evidence-based treatments at the OU Health Sciences Center has supported research in applications of PCIT for special populations:

A complete list of PCIT published research can be found at 

Additionally, click on the logos below to read about government agencies and professional groups that have recognized PCIT as a model program or evidence-based treatment.  

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