Creating and sustaining effective partnerships to advance research on youth with serious emotional and behavioral disorders

Kristin Duppong Hurley, Alexandra Trout, Annette Griffith, Michael Epstein, Ronald Thompson, W. Alex Mason, Jonathan Huefner, Daniel Daly

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A key barrier to conducting research involving children and families is the difficulty of creating partnerships among researchers, treatment agencies, and schools. This article describes several key factors that were essential to establishing an effective research collaboration between practitioners and university-based researchers, including a mutual respect for the unique needs of research and practice; a strategy for joint decision making; a partnership model of incremental growth; a plan for mentoring junior faculty and students; a format for regular contact between the partners; and a plan for long-term sustainability. This collaboration has conducted over a dozen evaluation studies, as well as examined best practice issues surrounding the needs of children and families with serious emotional and behavioral needs. Even more important has been the lines of research that have been developed from this partnership which keeps the collaboration focused. The lessons learned from this research partnership should inform other collaborations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-151
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Disability Policy Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010



  • collaboration
  • emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD)
  • research barriers
  • research partnership
  • residential services
  • youth mental health services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Law

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