David DeGarmo

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Research Associate Professor
College of Education, Prevention Science
Phone: 541-346-6554
Office: 1600 Millrace, Ste 106


Dr. DeGarmo earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Akron with a joint doctorate program at Kent State University. Following his Ph.D., he served as a postdoctoral fellow of the Family Risk and Resilience NIMH Family Research Consortium focusing on training in multiple method family assessment and program evaluation of parent-training interventions at the Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC) under the tutelage Drs. Marion Forgatch, Mike Stoolmiller, Gerald Patterson, and John Reid. DeGarmo worked at the OSLC for over 20 years collaborating on the design and evaluation of efficacy and effectiveness trials for the Parent Management Training Oregon (PMTO) single mother and stepfather studies, the Linking the Interest of Families and Teachers (LIFT) multi-modal school-based intervention, and the KEEP foster parent and Pathways Home child welfare trials.

At OSLC, Dave was principal investigator of the Oregon Divorced Father Study (ODFS) funded by the NICHD, the first county-representative sample of full-, shared-, and no-custody fathers, their children, and their adult support confidants. The ODFS was the first study to evaluate observed and reported parenting practices, including observed post-divorced father involvement and their effects on child development. 

In 2013, Dave became a Research Associate Professor at the University of Oregon Prevention Science Institute and the Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership. For 3 years, he served as Director of the Center for Assessment, Statistics and Evaluation (CASE). Dr. DeGarmo has more than 90 publications including over 30 efficacy and effectiveness evaluations on preventive and treatment effects, implementation process and fidelity, mediators and moderators of treatment, and multilevel analyses involving trials in schools and child welfare organizations. Dave currently serves on the Institute of Education Sciences Special Education Review Panel and teaches in the College of Education.

Meet Dr. Dave DeGarmo


Ph.D., 1993, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio Major: Sociology
Specialization: Methodology and Family Sociology
Major Professor: Gay C. Kitson

M.A., 1989, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
Major: Sociology
Major Professor: Kathryn M. Feltey

B.A., 1987, Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA
Major: Sociology

Honors and Awards

2013    “A confidant support and problem solving model of divorced fathers’ parenting”   (DeGarmo & Forgatch, 2012) published in American Journal of Community       Psychology featured in Psychology Progress, Center for Top Research in   Psychology, January 16, 2013


2012   “Patterns and predictors of growth in divorced fathers’ health status and substance            use” (DeGarmo et al., 2011) published in American Journal of Men's Health   featured in USA Today article Being a dad could really alter men’s behaviors”  June 14, 2012  


19931996      Family Risk and Resilience Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Family Research in Rural Mental Health, funded by the National Institute on Mental Health


DeGarmo, D. S., & Gewirtz, A. H. (2018). A Recovery Capital and Stress-Buffering Model for Post-deployed Military Parents. Frontiers in Psychology, 9(1832). doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01832


DeGarmo, D. S., Jones, J., & Rains, L. A. (2018). A pilot study evaluation of Marte Meo for divorced fathers. Journal of Family Therapy. doi:10.1111/1467-6427.12221


DeGarmo, D. S., & Gewirtz, A. H. (2018). Fixed Allocation and Dynamic Adaptive Intervention Designs for Family Psychology. In B. Fiese (Ed.), APA Handbook of Contemporary Family Psychology (Volume 1) Foundations, Methods, and Contemporary Issues Across the Lifespan. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


Stormshak, E., DeGarmo, D., Chronister, K., & Caruthers, A. (2018). The Impact of Family-Centered Prevention on Self-Regulation and Subsequent Long-Term Risk in Emerging Adults. Prevention Science, 19, 549-558. doi:10.1007/s11121-017-0852-7 


Gewirtz, A. H., DeGarmo, D. S., & Zamir, O. (2017). After Deployment, Adaptive Parenting Tools: 1-Year Outcomes of an Evidence-Based Parenting Program for Military Families Following Deployment. Prevention Science. doi:10.1007/s11121-017-0839-4


Gewirtz, A. H., DeGarmo, D. S., & Zamir, O. (2016). Effects of a Military Parenting Program on Parental Distress and Suicidal Ideation: After Deployment Adaptive Parenting Tools. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 46(S1), S23-S31.


DeGarmo, D. S. (2016). Placing Fatherhood Back in the Study and Treatment of Military Fathers. In A. H. Gewirtz & A. M. Youssef (Eds.), Parenting and children's resilience in military families (pp. 47-63). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.


Dr. DeGarmo is interested in family stress models and preventive intervention evaluation for families at risk for compromised parenting. A major focus of his work is on independent and interactive effects of fathering. His active research includes efficacy and effectiveness evaluations of the Fathering Through Change (FTC) online intervention for single fathers with co-designer Dr. Jeremy Jones; evaluation of the After Deployment Adaptive Parenting Tools (ADAPT) parent training SMART trial for military families with Dr. Abigail Gewirtz at the University of Minnesota; and the Paths to the Future (P2F) school-based intervention for girls with learning disabilities with Dr. Lauren Lindstrom at the University of Davis and the UO team.