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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

Recent News

Piehler awarded Grant-in-Aid from the Office of the Vice President for Research


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

Honors & Awards

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

Teaching & Learning

FSoS 4104W: Family Psychology

Research & Discovery

Dr. Piehler’s research interests include both the etiology and prevention of behavior problems and substance use in children and adolescents. His work seeks to understand moderators and mechanisms of response to family and youth-focused preventive interventions. He has a particular interest in translational approaches to prevention and utilizes measures of youth neurocognitive functioning to identify targets of programming and assess intervention response. A primary goal of this program of research is to develop adaptive preventive intervention programming for youth and families. Dr. Piehler also has an interest in quantitative methods, including structural equation modeling. Dr. Piehler is a member of the Institute for Translational Research (ITR) in Children’s Mental Health and the Center for Personalized Prevention Research (CPPR). 


  1. Piehler, T. F. (invited chapter in press). Coercion and contagion in adolescent peer relationships. In T. J. Dishion & J. Snyder (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Coercive Relationship Dynamics: Basic Mechanisms, Developmental Processes and Intervention Applications. New York: Oxford University Press.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 Prevention, 35, 321 – 337.

  4. 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 Psychology, 50, 1160–1169.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 Psychology, 40, 1045–1058.

  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 Studies, 21, 368–383.

  8. Piehler, T. F. (2011). Peer Influence. In B. Brown & M. J. Prinstein (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Adolescence, Vol. 2. (pp. 249-254). San Diego: Academic Press.

  9. Dishion, T. J., & Piehler, T. F. (2008). Deviant by design: Peer contagion in development, interventions and schools. In K. H. Rubin, W. Bukowski, & B. Laursen (Eds.), Handbook of peer interactions, relationships, and groups. New York: Guilford.

  10. Dishion, T. J., Piehler, T. F., & Myers, M. W. (2008). Dynamics and ecology of adolescent peer contagion. In M. J. Prinstein & K. A. Dodge (Eds.), Understanding peer influence in children and adolescents (pp. 72–93). New York: Guilford.

  11. Piehler, T. F., & Dishion, T. J. (2007). Interpersonal dynamics within adolescent friendships: Dyadic mutuality, deviant talk, and the development of antisocial behavior. Child Development, 78, 1611–1624.

  12. Dishion, T. J., & Piehler, T. F. (2007). Peer dynamics in the development and change of child and adolescent problem behavior. In A. Masten (Ed.), The Minnesota Symposium on Child Psychology: Vol. 33. Multi-level dynamics in developmental psychopathology: Pathways to the future (pp. 151–180). Hillside, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates.

  13. See CV for more publications.