Ph.D., Applied Developmental Science, Colorado State University
M.S., Human Development & Family Studies, Marriage & Family Therapy, Colorado State University
B.A., Psychology, Concordia University – Saint Paul
Research & Discovery
My research focuses on developing and testing preventive interventions for youth and families. The goal of this research is to identify effective strategies for fostering positive child development and healthy family functioning. My research focuses on leveraging relationships and social capital to promote positive mental health and psychosocial outcomes.
Learn more at the Weiler Lab site.
An ounce of prevention, with a focus on families, CEHD Connect
"Mentoring programs need to experiment with what works best for foster youth," op/ed, Youth Today.
Teaching & Learning
FSoS 1201: Human Development in Families: Lifespan
FSoS 4109: Family Theories
FSoS 8036: Couple and Family Therapy Research
FSoS 8295: Couple and Family Therapy Practicum
GCC 3018: What American Dream? Children of the Social Class Divide
Honors & Awards
2018 Engagement Scholarship Consortium Excellence in Community Partner Community Engagement Award
2018 Rising Star, Women’s Philanthropic Leadership Circle
2018 Excellence in Community Partner Engagement Award, Engagement Scholarship Consortium
2014 Early Career Preventionists Network Travel Award, Society for Prevention Research
2014-2013 Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute on Mental Health
2013 Outstanding Engagement Award, Colorado State University
2012-2013 Predoctoral Fellow, National Institute on Drug Abuse
2012 New Writer Fellow, Family Process Institute
2012 Innovative Instruction in Service Learning Award, Colorado State University
2012 Engaged Faculty for Service Learning, Colorado Campus Compact
2011 and 2009 AmeriCorps Education Award, UCAN
Recent Publications and Presentations
(see CV for complete list)
Weiler, L. M., *Scafe, M., Spencer, R., & Cavell, T. (2019). Caregiver-initiated mentoring: Developing a working model to mitigate social isolation. Clinical Social Work Journal. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s10615-019-00723-1
*Hunt, Q., Weiler, L. M., McGuire, J., Mendenhall, T., Kobak, R., & Diamond, G. (2019). Testing basic assumptions of the Interpersonal Needs Questionnaire-15 in a sample of clinically depressed and suicidal youth. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12594
*Boat, A. A., Weiler, L. M., *Bailey, M., Haddock, S., & Henry, K. (2019). Mentor's self-efficacy trajectories during a mentoring program for at-risk adolescents. Journal of Primary Prevention, 40, 575-589. doi:10.1007/s10935-019-00566-z
Taussig, H., Weiler, L. M., Garrido, E., Rhodes T., *Boat, A., & Fadell, M. (2019). A positive youth development approach to improving mental health outcomes for maltreated children in foster care: Replication and extension of an RCT of the Fostering Healthy Futures Program. American Journal of Community Psychology, 64, 405-417. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12385
*Sourk, M., Weiler, L. M., & Cavell, T. (2019). Risk, support, and reasons for wanting a mentor: Comparing parents of youth in community versus school-based matches. Children and Youth Services Review, 99, 156-164. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.01.04
Weiler, L. M., *Boat, A., & Haddock, S. A. (2019). Youth risk and mentoring relationship quality: The moderating effect of program experiences. American Journal of Community Psychology, 63, 73-87. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12304
McMorris, B. J, Doty, J., Weiler, L. M., Beckman, K., Plowman S., & Garcia-Huidobro D. (2018). A typology for school-based mentoring relationships: Implications for mentor recruitment and retention. Child and Youth Services Review, 90, 149-157. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.05.019
Weiler, L. M. & Taussig, H. N. (2017). The moderating effect of risk exposure on an efficacious intervention for maltreated children. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 48, S194-S201. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2017.1295379
Doty, J., L., Weiler, L. M., Mehus, C., & McMorris, B. J. (2017). Young mentors’ relationship capacity: Parent-child connectedness, attitudes toward mentees, empathy, and perceived match quality. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. 36, 642-658. doi: 10.1177/0265407517740002
Garrido, E. F., Weiler, L. M., & Taussig, H. N. (2017). Adverse childhood experiences and health-risk behaviors in vulnerable early adolescents. Journal of Early Adolescence, 38, 661-680. doi: 10.1177/0272431616687671
*Smith, A. D., Haddock, S., Weiler, L. M., & *Maples, A. (2019, September). Therapist-led preventive intervention: Youth depression. Paper presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Meeting. Austin, TX.
*Kazlauskaite, V., Weiler, L. M., & Haddock, S. (2019, June). Critical processes associated with youth-mentor alliance and sense of belonging. Paper presented at the Society for Community Research and Action. Chicago, IL.
*Maples, A., Weiler, L. M. & Haddock, S. (2019, June). The role of service-learning experiences in promoting flourishing among college student mentors. Paper presented at the Society for Community Research and Action. Chicago, IL.
*Burningham, K. & Weiler, L. M. (2019, June). Affirming natural mentors: A critical relationship for LGBTQ youth. Paper presented at the Society for Community Research and Action. Chicago, IL.
Weiler, L. M., Cavell, T., Spencer, R., & *Sourk, M. (2019, January). Caregiver-Initiated Mentoring (CG-IM): Developing a workable model. Paper presented at the National Mentoring Summit. Washington, DC.
Weiler, L. M. (2019, January). Mentors and substance abuse prevention: What research says about the role caring adults play in prevention, recovery, and mitigation of indirect impacts. Presentation at the National Mentoring Research Symposium. Washington, DC.
Weiler, L. M. (2018, November). Prevention, parent-initiated villages, and the therapist’s role. Paper presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Meeting. Louisville, KY.
Zimmerman, T. S., Weiler, L. M., Krafchick, J., & Haddock, S. A. (2018, November). Integrating therapy and family systems into a mentoring program. Paper presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Meeting. Louisville, KY.
Cox, M., Rhoades, K. & Weiler, L. M. (May, 2018). Building community partnerships for research and intervention. ECPN Panel presented at the Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting. Washington, DC.
*Burcher, S. A, *Keyzers, A. M., Weiler, L. M., *Mazzitello, L, & Cavell, T. (2018, May). Parents’ sense of community, social support, and shared parenting beliefs: The role of neighborhood characteristics. Paper presented at the Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting. Washington, DC.