Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 251–261 | Cite as

Effectiveness Research: Transporting Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents (IPT-A) From the Lab to School-Based Health Clinics

  • Laura H. Mufson
  • Kristen Pollack Dorta
  • Mark Olfson
  • Myrna M. Weissman
  • Kimberly Hoagwood

This paper describes the process of modifying and transporting an evidence-based treatment, Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents (IPT-A), from a university setting to school-based health clinics. It addresses conceptual issues involved in the shift from efficacy to effectiveness research as well as operational issues specific to the transport of IPT-A into school-based health clinics. Consideration is given to the rationale for an IPT-A effectiveness study, methodological concerns, and the timing of the move from the “lab” to the community. The authors identify challenges and barriers to initiating effectiveness and transportability research and provide suggestions for overcoming these barriers. Recommendations for conducting research in school-based practice settings are provided.

psychotherapy depression adolescents effectiveness transportability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura H. Mufson
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kristen Pollack Dorta
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mark Olfson
    • 1
    • 2
  • Myrna M. Weissman
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kimberly Hoagwood
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Clinical and Genetic EpidemiologyDepartment of Psychiatry, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New YorkNew York
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryColumbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New YorkNew York
  3. 3.New York State Office of Metal HealthNew York

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