Publications

Scheeringa MS, Mai TA (2018). Louisiana Child Welfare Trauma Project (LCTP):Background, Implementation, and Results.  // This is an unpublished, in-depth history of the LCTP project and summary of findings.

Scheeringa MS, Singer A, Mai TA, Miron D (2018). Access to Medicaid Providers: Availability ofMental Health Services for Children and Adolescents in Child Welfare inLouisiana. Journal of Public Child Welfare, doi10.1080/15548732.2018.1537904.  // The purpose of the study was to determine the level of access that youths in child welfare have to mental health providers in a single state. Mystery shopping results showed that 25.4% of the advertised network was able to schedule a new appointment for a child in Louisiana's Department of Children and Family Services guardianship.

Miron D, Scheeringa MS (2018). A Statewide Training of Community Clinicians toTreat Traumatized Youths Involved with Child Welfare. Psychological Services 16(1), 153-161, 2019Feb., doi 10.1037/ser0000317.  // One of the aims of the LCTP was to train community clinicians statewide in an EBT for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The results suggest that effectiveness of an EBT is possible in community settings but is likely constrained by clinicians’ being willing and/or able to complete training requirements geared toward achieving competency in and fidelity to the protocol.

Mai TA, ScheeringaMS (in press, accepted 12/3/19).  Caregiver and Child Agreement on Traumatic Events, PTSD, Internalizing, Externalizing,and ADHD Problems in a Child Welfare Population. Journal of Public ChildWelfare. // Using the Trauma & Behavioral Health screen (TBH) with over 3,000 youths and their caregivers in the child welfare system, this study found agreements between youths and caregivers about traumatic event exposure were mostly Moderate or Substantial.  Discrepancies between respondents for child psychopathology were relatively greater. Both caregiver and children endorsed PTSD symptoms more often than internalizing, externalizing, and ADHD problems. Single respondents—whether child, foster parent, or biological parent—significantly underestimated severity compared to multiple respondents. Repeat screenings showed that concordance between youth and caregiver endorsements did not improve after six months of entering care.