Transporting a research-based adolescent drug treatment into practice

Howard A. Liddle, Cynthia L. Rowe, Tanya J. Quille, Gayle A. Dakof, Dana Scott Mills, Eve Sakran, Hector Biaggi

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This article describes the key ingredients and processes in transporting an empirically supported, research-developed family therapy for adolescent drug abusers, Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT), into an intensive day treatment program. Using the same systems change principles that guide this treatment approach, the technology transfer process has been, from its inception, a collaborative, multidimensional, systemic intervention aimed at changing organizational structures, and attitudinal and behavioral patterns with multiple staff members at several levels of the program. This article describes: (1) the conceptual and empirical basis for these technology transfer efforts; (2) the technology being adapted and transferred; and (3) the critical events and processes that have shaped the transfer of MDFT into this program. We discuss this process and the outcomes thus far through the lens of Simpson's organizational change model and specify the implications of this experience for the expansion of current conceptualization of technology transfer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-243
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2002


  • Adolescents
  • Day treatment
  • Drug abuse treatment
  • Family-based interventions
  • Technology transfer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Neuroscience(all)


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