Joshua Mersky, Ph.D.,
Site Principal Investigator

2400 E. Hartford, Avenue, Room 1177
Milwaukee, WI 53211
(414) 229-0522

Project Connect: Adapting Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) to Foster Care



Young foster children are at a high risk of externalizing problems, difficulties that foster parents typically are not trained to address with evidence-based behavior management techniques. This study will evaluate an innovative adaptation of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) with foster children and their caregivers using a group-based approach reinforced with in-home training. Results will produce new knowledge about the feasibility of translating PCIT, an empirically validated clinical treatment, into a community setting in order to mitigate externalizing problems in young foster children.

Funding Agency

National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Time Period

July 5, 2011- June 30, 2013

Scientific Team

P.I.: Joshua Mersky, Ph.D., CABHR Scientist and Assistant Professor, HBSSW
Co-P.I.: James Topitzes, Ph.D., CABHR Scientist and Assistant Professor, HBSSW
Co-I: Mike Brondino, Ph.D., CABHR Scientist and Associate Professor, HBSSW
Co-I: Steve McMurtry, Ph.D., Professor, HBSSW
Statistician: Daniel Fuhrmann, Ph.D., Associate Scientist, CABHR/HBSSW
Collaborator: Cheryl McNeil, Professor of Psychology, West Virginia University
Research Assistant:  Stacey Grant-Savela