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2008 Education Conference

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Invited Paper Session #6
CE Offered: PSY
Critical Issues in the Use of Randomized Clinical Trials and Control Groups Within Applied Settings: Rationale, Challenges and Benefits
Saturday, September 6, 2008
1:00 PM–1:45 PM
Grand Ballroom B
Area: EDC; Domain: Synthesis
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: Hill Walker, Ph.D.
HILL WALKER (Center on Human Development)
Dr. Hill M. Walker is a professor of Special Education, Co-Director of the Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior, and Director of the Center on Human Development, in the College of Education at the University of Oregon. He has a longstanding interest in behavioral assessment and in the development of effective intervention procedures for use in school settings with a range of behavior disorders. He has been engaged in applied research during his entire career, dating from 1966. His research interests include social skills assessment, curriculum development and intervention, longitudinal studies of aggression and antisocial behavior, and the development of early screening procedures for detecting students who are at-risk for social-behavioral adjustment problems and/or later school drop-out. Dr. Walker is the co-author, along with Herbert Severson, of Systematic Screening for Behavior Disorders (SSBD) (Sopris West, 1990); author of The Acting Out Child: Coping with Classroom Disruption (2nd ed., Sopris West, 1995); co-author, with Phillip Strain and Michael Guralnick, of Children’s Social Behavior: Development, Assessment and Modification (Academic Press, 1986); co-author, with Geoffrey Colvin and Elizabeth Ramsey, of Antisocial Behavior in School: Strategies and Best Practices (Brooks/Cole, 1995); co-editor, with Michael Epstein, of Making Schools Safer and Violence Free: Critical Issues, Solutions, and Recommended Practices (PRO-ED, 2000); and co-editor, with Mark Shinn and Gary Stoner, of Interventions for Academic and Behavior Problems II: Preventive and Remedial Approaches (National Association of School Psychologists, 2002). His most recent books are the 2nd edition of Antisocial Behavior in School: Evidence-Based Practices (Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 2004) co-authored with Elizabeth Ramsey and Frank Gresham; and Safe and Healthy Schools: Practical Prevention Strategies (Guilford, 2005) co-authored with Jeffrey Sprague.
Abstract: Educatoral researchers and other applied professionals have recently become the targets of strong pressures to demonstrate effects using randomized control group designs. This session will review the source and rationale for these developments and present information on the appropriate use of RCTs in their various forms. Situations in which single case methods are used to good effect in combination with RCTs will also be discussed. The numerous challenges attendant upon implementing randomized designs in school districts will be described, including the presenter’s experience in this regard. Finally, recent developments in the application of levels of evidence in evaluating the efficacy of applied intervention programs will be reviewed.
Target Audience:

Licensed Psychologists

Learning Objectives: N/a



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