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Dr. Lawrence Palinkas

Translation and Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice

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“I also think that one of the things that social workers are really good at doing is bringing people together, and implementation is an issue or an approach that I see requires bringing different stakeholders together.”

Dr. Lawrence Palinkas

In this episode, our guest Dr. Lawrence Palinkas discusses his research seeking to identify the best methods not only to develop evidence-based practices for helping people but also to be sure that these practices are implemented in practice. From a transdisciplinary and social justice perspective, he describes his interest in solving social problems that are rooted in cultural differences, with emphasis on promoting evidence-based practices and social responses to extreme environments in the context of child welfare services.

Lawrence Palinkas, PhD, is the Albert G. and Frances Lomas Feldman Professor of Social Policy and Health and Chair of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at the University of Southern California (USC). He also holds secondary appointments as professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Preventive Medicine at USC. A medical anthropologist, his primary areas of expertise lie within health services research, preventive medicine, and cross-cultural medicine. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, NASA, NIH, the MacArthur Foundation, and the William T. Grant Foundation. Current research encompasses implementation of child and adolescent mental health services, sustainment of prevention programs and initiatives, and effects of climate change on vulnerable populations. Dr. Palinkas is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Social Welfare and Social Work; a fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research, American Anthropological Association, and Society for Applied Anthropology; and the author of more than 410 publications.

Interviewer: Louanne Bakk, PhD

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