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Timothy Piehler


Assistant Professor

299C McNH
1985 Buford Ave
St Paul, MN 55108

Tel: 612-301-1484

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Areas of Interest

Prevention Science
Child and adolescent conduct problems and substance use
Family-focused prevention programming
Peer relationships and influence
Translational research
Quantitative methods


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Oregon
M.S., Psychology, University of Oregon
A.B., Psychology, Bowdoin College

Research & Discovery

My program of research seeks to improve the prevention of conduct problems and substance use in youth through developing better targeted and tailored programming. In order to do this, I study two primary areas of youth and family response to prevention programming:

1)    How does prevention programming work? I study the mechanisms through which programming reduces risk for conduct problems and substance use.

2)    For whom does prevention programming work? My research focuses on better understanding variability in response to different prevention approaches. I study individual and family characteristics that predict who is most likely to benefit from different types of programming. 

In investigating factors related to response, my work has a translational emphasis through the incorporation of findings from basic science (e.g., cognitive neuroscience) into applied prevention research. I also has a strong interest in research methodology and apply advanced quantitative methods and innovative experimental and intervention designs in my research. 

What Students Can Expect From Me

Students can expect a dedicated and supportive mentor and teacher. As an instructor, I aim to create an engaging and interactive classroom. I strive to connect classroom content to “real world” applications and encourage critical thinking about each topic. As a graduate student mentor, I utilize a developmental model to help students develop competence in the research process and other areas of their professional development. Students have opportunities to be involved in all aspects of my research, from developing project ideas, engaging with community partners, collecting data from youth and families, to analyzing data and preparing manuscripts for publication. 

Undergraduate and Graduate Courses I Teach

FSoS 4104W: Family Psychology

FSoS 5014: Quantitative Family Research Methods I

FSoS 5702/PREV 8002: Prevention Science Research Methodology

Recent Publications

Chesmore, A. A., Piehler, T., & Gewirtz, A. H. (in press). The role of PTSD as a moderator of response to a parenting intervention for military families. Journal of Family Psychology.

August, G. J., Piehler, T. F., & Miller, F. G. (in press). Getting "SMART" about implementing multi-tiered systems of support to prevent school-based behavioral problems. Journal of School Psychology.

Utržan, D. S., Piehler, T. F., & Dishion, T. J. (2017). The role of deviant peers in Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder. In J. E. Lochman & W. Matthys (Eds.) The Wiley Handbook of Disruptive and Impulse Control Disorders. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Piehler, T. F., Ausherbauer, K., Gewirtz, A. H. Gliske, K. (2017). Improving child peer adjustment in military families through parent training: The mediational role of parental locus of control. Journal of Early Adolescence. 1 – 22. doi:10.1177/0272431616678990

Holtrop, K., Piehler, T. F., Gewirtz, A. H., & August, G. J. (2017). Observed parenting in families exposed to homelessness: Child and parent characteristics as predictors of response to the Early Risers intervention. In M. E. Haskett (Ed.) Child and Family Well-Being and Homelessness: Integrating Research into Practice and Policy (pp. 27 – 48). New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

Piehler, T. F., & Winters, K. C. (2017). Decision-making style and response to parental involvement in brief interventions for adolescent substance use. Journal of Family Psychology31(3), 336–346. doi:10.1037/fam0000266

Utržan, D. S., Piehler, T. F., Gewirtz, A. H., & August, G. J. (2017). Stressful life events and perceived parental control in formerly homeless families: Impact on child internalizing symptoms. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry87(3), 317 – 325. doi:10.1037/ort0000236

Bloomquist, M. L., Giovanelli, A., Benton, A., Piehler, T. F., Quevedo, K., & Oberstar, J. (2016). Translation of evidence-based psychotherapeutic practices for youth into a mental health organization. Journal of Child and Family Studies25, 3278 – 3292.                                                doi:10.1007/s10826-016-0479-5

Piehler, T. F. (2016). Coercion and contagion in child and adolescent peer relationships. In T. J. Dishion & J. Snyder (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Coercive Relationship Dynamics (pp. 129 – 139). New York: Oxford University Press.

Piehler, T. F., & Winters, K. C. (2015). Parental involvement in brief interventions for adolescent marijuana use. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors29, 512-521. doi:10.1037/adb0000106

August, G. J., Piehler, T. F., & Bloomquist, M. L. (2014). Being “SMART” about adolescent conduct problems prevention: Executing a SMART pilot study in a juvenile diversion agency. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. doi:10.1080/15374416.2014.945212

Piehler, T. F., Lee, S. S., Bloomquist, M. L., & August, G. J. (2014). Moderating effects of parental well-being on parenting efficacy outcomes by intervention delivery mode of the Early Risers Conduct Problems Prevention Program. Journal of Primary Prevention35, 321 – 337. doi:10.1007/s10935-014-0358-z

Piehler, T. F., & Dishion, T. J. (2014). Dyadic coregulation and deviant talk in adolescent friendships: Interaction patterns associated with problematic substance use in early adulthood. Developmental Psychology50, 1160–1169. doi:10.1037/a0034698

Piehler, T. F., Bloomquist, M. L., August, G. J., Gewirtz, A. H., Lee, S. S., & Lee, W. S. C. (2014). Executive functioning as a mediator of conduct problems prevention in children of homeless families residing in temporary supportive housing: A parallel process latent growth modeling approach. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 5, 681–692. doi:10.1007/s10802-013-9816-y

Piehler, T. F., Véronneau, M., & Dishion, T. J. (2012). Substance use progression from adolescence to early adulthood: Effortful control in the context of friendship influence and early-onset use. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology40¸ 1045–1058. doi:10.1007/s10802-012-9626-7

Bloomquist, M. L., August, G. J., Lee, S. S., Piehler, T. F., & Jensen, M. (2012). Parent participation within community center or in-home outreach delivery models of the Early Risers Conduct Problems Prevention Program. Journal of Child and Family Studies21, 368–383. doi:10.1007/s10826-011-9488-6

Honors & Awards

Top 50 Reviewer, Family Relations, 2015, 2016

Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services (CHIPS) Fellowship, NIMH, 2011 – 2012

Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral National Research Service Award, NIDA, 2007 – 2008

Graduate School Research Award, University of Oregon, 2007