Collaborating Researchers

Alan Mendelsohn, MD
VIP Founder, Director, and Principal Investigator, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population Health

Dr. Mendelsohn is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician at New York University School of Medicine and Bellevue Hospital Center. He is the Developer and Primary Investigator of the Video Interaction Project, as well as the Director of Research for the Divisions of General and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics.. Dr. Mendelsohn’s research has focused on poverty-related disparities in critical child outcomes including child development, obesity and chronic disease. His research has demonstrated the utility of using pediatric primary care as a universal platform for promoting school readiness through enhanced parenting, through interventions such as Reach out and Read and the Video Interaction Project.

Debra L. Bogen, MD, FAAP, FABM
Director, Allegheny County Health Department Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Clinical and Translational Sciences

Dr. Debra Bogen is a board-certified academic pediatrician and clinician researcher who is the Director of the Allegheny County Health Department and maintains her appointment Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and UPMC. Prior to joining the Department of Health, for the past 20 years she served as a clinician in the newborn nursery at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, provided breastfeeding support to mother-infant dyads in the nursery and in outpatient follow-up clinic, and provided primary care to children at the CHP Primary Care Center. Her research focuses on improving early childhood outcomes for families impacted by behavioral health conditions (depression, anxiety, substance use disorder), and adverse childhood experiences. 

Anne Mauricio, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor and Family Intervention Scientist at the Prevention Science Institute at the University of Oregon

Anne Marie Mauricio is an Associate Research Professor and Family Intervention Scientist at the Prevention Science Institute at the University of Oregon. She has more than 15 years of experience working with communities to develop, implement, and evaluate culturally competent evidence-based interventions. Her research and practice interests focus on the translation of evidence-based interventions for sustainable delivery in real-world settings. Her research has focused on examining how implementation processes function collectively to influence each other and outcomes and on understanding contextual factors that influence heterogeneity in intervention responsiveness and how this heterogeneity links to intervention outcomes. She is also a licensed psychologist with extensive experience working with families and children in community settings, and she has trained and supervised 100s of clinicians to use the Family Check-Up intervention model in the US and internationally.

Beth StormshakBeth Stormshak, Ph.D.
Knight Chair and Professor, College of Education
Prevention Science Institute
Department Head, Counseling Psychology and Human Services

University of Oregon

Beth Stormshak is a Knight Professor and faculty member in the University of Oregon‘s College of Education, affiliated with the Counseling Psychology Program and graduate training programs in Prevention Science.  Her research interests span the fields of both education and prevention science, including prevention of problem behavior, academic risk, and later mental health problems in children and youths. Her focus is on understanding risk and protective factors throughout the lifespan that predict problem behavior or healthy adjustment. She has served as the principal investigator on multiple grants, including randomized trials that tested the efficacy and effectiveness of The Family Check-Up model of prevention to reduce risk behavior in early childhood, in school-age children, and in adolescents.  Her intervention research has primarily targeted at-risk and high-risk populations, with a focus on enhancing parenting skills and behavioral management to reduce later mental and physical health outcomes. She has been the principal investigator on multiple funded grants from a wide range of federal and local agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Education. She has worked collaboratively with many stakeholders, including local school and community health agencies.

Amy Malen
Assistant Deputy Director of the Office of Community Services in Allegheny County’s Department of Human Services (DHS)

Since joining Allegheny County DHS in 2017, Malen has set priorities and strategic vision for the DHS’ prevention and community services portfolio that includes 28 family centers, early childhood learning, youth programming, home visiting, and community outreach.  


Thomas Dishion, Ph.D. 
Developer, Family Check-Up 

Dr. Dishion passed away in June of 2018. The developer of the Family Check-Up intervention, he was generous as a collaborator in sharing his ideas and vision for what the FCU could become. As examples, while he originally designed the FCU to be used for parents with adolescents, beginning in 1999 he worked with our team to adapt the FCU for use with children 2 to 5 years of age, support the establishment and growth of our Center, and expand use of the FCU to novel platforms serving low-income children in the Pittsburgh community.  We are eternally grateful to Tom for developing the FCU and supporting its continued growth to serve society’s most vulnerable children.