Dr. Carolyn Webster-Stratton, a professor in the University of Washington School of Nursing and founding director of the University of Washington Parenting Clinic, has spent more than 25 years researching ways to help prevent and treat aggressive behavior in young children, as well as developing and researching programs to promote children’s social and emotional competence. She joined the UW faculty in 1976 and holds adjunct professor appointments in the Department of Psychology and School of Social Work.
Professor Webster-Stratton, a licensed clinical psychologist and nurse practitioner, has conducted nine randomized trials evaluating the impact of parent, teacher and child training programs for reducing young children’s behavior problems and promoting their social, emotional and academic ability. She has developed evidence-based prevention and treatment programs that have been translated into 8 languages and are being used by teachers and mental health specialists in 20 countries around the world. She has published numerous scientific articles, books, and training videotapes for parents, teachers and children. In recent years she has researched the use of her parent, teacher and child training programs as school-based prevention programs delivered in day care centers, Head Start and the early grades of public schools.
In 1997, Professor Webster-Stratton received the National Mental Health Lela Rowland Prevention Award from the National Mental Health Association for her interventions with families. She also has received the prestigious National Mental Health Research Scientist Award from the National Institute of Mental Health. An evaluation of her treatment program for children with conduct problems by an independent commission of the American Psychological Association found it to be one of only two evidence-based programs shown to reduce aggression in children ages 4 to 8. Her treatment programs also have received numerous “best practices” reviews—including those from the Office of Juvenile Delinquency Prevention, Blueprints for Violence Prevention and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention—recognizing them as model programs that have a proven evidence base for treatment of children’s conduct problems. During the past 25 years, she and her Parenting Clinic staff of mental health workers have assessed and treated more than 500 children diagnosed with conduct problems and offered prevention programs to over 3,000 children in Seattle area schools.
Recently she received the University of Washington Annual Faculty Award (2006-2007) and the University of Washington Education Department Outstanding Alumnae (2006).
Currently she has an NIH research grant evaluating her parent, teacher and child treatment programs with young children with Attention Deficit Disorder. In addition she has a grant from NIH evaluating the dissemination process of delivering her programs to child welfare agencies in California serving low income populations.