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Mark Eddy

Research Professor
PhD, University of Oregon

Dr. Mark Eddy recently joined the School of Social Work as the director of research for Partners for Our Children, a research, practice, and policy center focused on child and family wellbeing within the context of the child welfare system. He specializes in conducting rigorous longitudinal research studies of prevention and intervention programs intended to benefit children and families.

Prior to coming to the University of Washington, Dr. Eddy served as a senior scientist and a licensed psychologist at the Oregon Social Learning Center in Eugene for 25 years, where he was a member of the Oregon Prevention Research Center and the Latino Research Team. In recent years, his work has centered on the conduct of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) within school systems, the juvenile justice system, and the adult corrections system, as well as with non-profits working as partners with these and other social service systems.  

Dr. Eddy received a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Texas A&M University. During and following college, he worked with his wife, Carol, as a counselor in summer camps for youth and as a group home parent with developmentally disabled adults. He then pursued a master’s and doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Oregon, completed a clinical internship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and served as a senior research principal at the Attention Deficit Disorders Clinic, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Dr. Eddy is an associate editor of the professional journal Prevention Science, and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Family Psychology and Psychological Services. He is charter member of the Community Level Health Promotion Study Section, National Institutes of Health, and a principal member of the Social and Behavioral Education Research Scientific Review Panel, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. He co-edited the recently published book, Children of Incarcerated Parents: A Handbook for Researchers and Practitioners (Urban Institute Press), and the monograph Relationship Processes and Resilience in Children of Incarcerated Parents (in press, Monographs for the Society for Research on Child Development). He serves on several nonprofit Boards and serves on the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission. He is committed to forging relationships between the research community and practitioners and policy makers with the shared goal of improving outcomes for children and families.

Professional Interests:

  • Prevention science
  • Research to practice
  • Community-based research
  • Parent-management training
  • Youth mentoring
  • Multimodal prevention programs
  • Infant mental health
  • Conduct disorder
  • Emerging adulthood
  • Child welfare