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Research and Community Approaches To Adapting Evidence-based Interventions For Diverse Youth & Families

Presented by Anna Lau, PhD, UCLA                                             

Arturo Corrales, Psy.D., Moderator

Webinar Description:

As evidence-based practices (EBPs) are increasingly moved from clinical research to community settings, data suggest diminished effects. This ‘voltage drop’ may be explained by low fit of EBPs for diverse clients and/or reduced fidelity. Researchers have examined strategies for the adaptation of EBPs to meet the needs of diverse youth. But less is known about how community therapists adapt EBPs when serving diverse clients. Findings from our mixed-methods studies indicate that community therapists most often make adaptations that align with researcher-driven adaptation approaches that may be compatible with fidelity. Moreover, we identified the types of therapist-driven adaptations that were related to more and less robust EBP strategy delivery in sessions with low income ethnic minority youth. These findings provide practice-based evidence on approaches to adapting EBPs in ways that conserve key implementation outcomes in routine care.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

After the webinar participants will be able to:

1. Describe multiple approaches to the adaptation of evidence-based practice (EBPs) for diverse children and families.

2. Distinguish between adaptations that may promote more extensive versus less extensive EBP strategy delivery.

3. Identify clinical situations where therapists may need more implementation support in delivering EBP strategies with culturally diverse families.




  • Dr. Anna Lau is Professor of Psychology and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence in the Division of Life Sciences, and President of the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP), American Psychological Association Division 53. Her research spans across the areas of racial/ethnic disparities in children’s mental health services, cultural variation in risk and protective factors for child psychopathology, and the community implementation and adaptation of evidence-based practices for immigrant and minoritized youth and families. Dr. Lau has authored over 150 research publications and her ongoing research is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health.

American Psychological Association Division 53: Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 53 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For registration questions, contact Sonja Wiggins, MBA, APA Division Services Office, at or 202-336-5590.