Elizabeth Stormshak's research interests include the prevention of problem behavior in children and families, family-centered intervention, dissemination of evidenced-based practice, at-risk youth, and interventions to promote resilience and health.
Dr. Stormshak is the director of the Prevention Science Institute at the University of Oregon and Department Head of the Counseling Psychology and Human Services department in the College of Education. Dr. Stormshak's research focuses on understanding risk factors in early and middle childhood associated with the development of problem behavior in late adolescence, including substance use and delinquency. Her primary research focus includes testing the efficacy of family-centered interventions, such as the Family Check-Up, that reduce the later risk of problem behavior. She also studies the process of dissemination of evidence-based interventions into real world community settings. She has worked collaboratively with a variety of service providers, including elementary and middle schools in the state of Oregon as well as community mental health agencies.